Sardinia Sunset, a £95,000 yearling, is an early foal from a good family, closely related to useful winner Tashaaboh, so may be worth chancing for the excellent Roger Varian on her debut. Sacred and Happy Romance also make appeal on paper before the benefit of market clues.
Tactical is the first foal of Make Fast, a useful mare who was herself a winner on debut as a two-year-old for the same connections. Andrew Balding can get one ready first time and Tactical gets the vote ahead of a couple of other likely sorts in the shape of Eye Of Heaven and Zamaani.
Goldolphin’s Magical Land ticks plenty of boxes on his debut, being a son of Frankel and out of a smart mare in Mistrusting, whose first foal managed to win on debut for the same connections last spring. Charlie Appleby’s debutants have a good record, which increases confidence in Magical Land.
Creative Force, another newcomer from the Charlie Appleby yard, is a half-brother to several winners, including the very smart Group 1 winner Persuasive. The son of Dubawi cost €400,000 as a yearling, so very much catches the eye ahead of his debut. Saeiqa and Dark Lion were both also expensive purchases and rank high on the shortlist.
Sky Angel, another interesting newcomer trained by Charlie Appleby, boasts an attractive pedigree, being out of a smart Group 3 winner, and she cost €800,000. She gets the vote to help make it an excellent day for Godolphin.
Setarhe’s purchase price leapt from €62,000 as a foal to 160,000 guineas a yearling, which is a positive sign, and she is a half-sister to Inverleigh, who made a winning debut and ended up winning at listed level. She represents a trainer in Roger Varian whose newcomers are often ready to roll.
Mia Mento was successful on her debut in July 2018, but she hasn’t managed to win since. However, she got back on the right track when producing a career-best effort to finish runner-up at Newcastle in March, on just her second start for Peter Chapple-Hyam having left Tom Mullins, and she is certainly of interest from this sort of mark.
Magic J made a promising start to his career, knuckling down to get the better of a pair with experience at Yarmouth in 2018, and he has continued to make progress in his three subsequent outings, though he has yet t1o claim a second victory. He left the impression that five furlongs was a bit on the sharp side when a good third at Southwell in October, so this step back up in trip should suit, and there is certainly a handicap to be won from his current mark.
Bear Force One made rapid progress towards the end of last season, building on his maiden victory with a comfortable all-the-way success on his handicap debut at Newbury, before fully confirming that improvement when going close to defying a hike in the weights at Kempton on his latest appearance. He remains with the potential for better and this looks a good opportunity for him to bounce back to winning ways.
Starfighter has proved himself most consistent since the turn of the year, finishing placed on all three runs on the all-weather. Those performances prove he can be competitive off this mark, and he gets the nod in what is an admittedly trappy finale.
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