Penmellyn has a decent pedigree – is a half-sister to three winners – and she showed a lot more on her nursery debut at Newcastle this month than she had in maidens and novice events. She wasn’t beaten far in fourth and shaped better than the bare result would imply, making good headway before briefly running into trouble inside the final furlong.
That was an eye-catching effort and she remains capable of better as she gains experience. Speed Merchant has joined Mick Appleby after showing improved form to win a seller for Brian Meehan and is respected for a yard who have a reputation for doing well with new recruits.
Lapses Linguae shaped as though she would be better for the run when finishing sixth on her debut at Naas and that proved to be the case as she improved to finish third on her next start. She produced an eye-catching performance on that occasion, edging into the lead a furlong out before being collared in the final 100 yards by two unexposed fillies trained by Aidan O’Brien.
That form is starting to work out well, is the best on offer and she will take all the beating if running to a similar level. The booking of James Doyle is a positive one and she can justify Emmet Mullins’ decision to send her to Kempton.
Dangerous Ends looked as if he was coming to the boil when finishing third over this course and distance last week and he holds obvious claims. He is well handicapped on the pick of his form and is now 1lb lower than his last winning mark.
He has a good record at this course having won on three occasions and finished outside the frame only once in 10 starts. The cheekpieces, in which he has experienced success in the past, are applied again and a bold bid is expected.