Bred in the purple – by Dubawi, out of Oaks, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Taghrooda – ALMIGHWAR really looked the part prior to his debut, just like his dam, but he didn’t show a lot when well beaten at Newmarket in October, found wanting for know-how.
He is entitled to do much better for that run, and given his pedigree, he should improve now tackling a longer trip.
He could hardly be in better hands, hailing from John Gosden’s yard. Jockey Jim Crowley is also having had such a good week aboard Hamdam Al Maktoum’s horses, so he is expected to take a big step forward and get off the mark at the second attempt.
GOLD ZABEEL was strong in the betting against the favourite at Lingfield on his debut earlier this month, and shaped with plenty of encouragement, when denied a clear run well inside the final furlong and likely to have been much closer with a better passage.
Mark Johnston’s runners are in top form at the minute, and with Gold Zabeel’s pedigree, by Sharmardal and a half-brother to Mutadaawel (who himself took a couple of goes to open his account), he is entitled to come on plenty for that initial outing and shouldn’t be underestimated here.
AMPNEY RED was easy to back on her reappearance at Newcastle earlier this month, and shaped as if better for the run on her first outing for Michael Appleby, still holding every chance approaching two out but unable to find any extra inside the final furlong.
She is likely to be spot on with that run behind her, and actually boasts about the best form on offer in this race.
She is certainly one to be interested in as she attempts to open her account.
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