By Frankel, and closely related to Enable, it is safe to say that Portrush made plenty of appeal on paper when making her debut at Newbury last month, and though she ultimately lacked the experience to trouble the winner, who had herself shown plenty on debut, she shaped well into second.
She has a lot to live up to with her illustrious pedigree, but her debut run is a good platform on which to build, and John Gosden’s filly looks sure to improve and win a race or two.
Nasraawy failed to justify support on debut at Newbury last month, not looking as sharp as many John Gosden newcomers as he was held off by the rank outsider, but he shaped encouragingly when again finding just one too good at Leicester last time, his inexperience preventing him from throwing down more of a challenge to the winner, disorganised as the race took shape but galloping on at the finish. He looks to have plenty about him physically and will go on improving, so should prove better than his opening BHA mark of 75.
Roger Varian took this race with a newcomer in the shape of The Last Emperor back in 2017, and he looks to have a good chance of repeating the feat this year with his expensive debutant Boomshalaa.
The son of Shalaa makes plenty of appeal on paper ahead of his first outing and is taken to make a winning start at the main expense of promising Godolphin pair Fast Start and Barber Of Seville.
One Small Step was easy to back on her debut last month, perhaps due to the fact that she didn’t make it to the racecourse as a two-year-old, but she belied her odds to make a promising start to her career, making headway over a furlong out and taking second well inside the final 200 yards.
The third home that day has since come out and won, and with further improvement likely from Brian Meehan’s charge, she should take plenty of beating.
Badri probably shaped better than the bare result suggests on both his outings as a juvenile, and he has duly proven that to be the case in his two runs since the turn of the year, getting off the mark in ready fashion at Lingfield in January, before improving further to open his handicap account at the first time of asking, looking clearly ahead of his mark again at Lingfield the following month. He is certainly a horse on the up, and one that will go on improving, so a 4 lb rise for his latest win shouldn’t prove enough to deny him the hat-trick.
Thrilla In Manilla showed he retains plenty of ability when fifth on his handicap debut at Chelmsford last month, running close to the level he showed when winning as a juvenile.
He is best excused his latest run, when ninth at Newmarket, as he missed the break and was seemingly not at home on the track, but he is still lightly raced, and clearly possesses the capability to win a race of this nature, so he could be worth giving another chance to from a tempting mark.
Dark Side Dream’s last win came at this venue last August, and he looked to have returned to form when runner-up on the all-weather at Wolverhampton earlier this month.
In fact, he was unlucky not to have finished closer than he did on that occasion, short of room around the home turn, then making headway when again denied a clear run a furlong out. He is clearly on a handy mark if able to back that up and should go close.
Batchelor Boy resumed his progress on his return to action at Wolverhampton last month, taking his tally to three wins from as many runs at the track and ultimately winning in the manner that suggests he’ll remain of interest, and he duly proved that to be the case when catching the eye at Windsor last time.
Caught further back than ideal, Marco Botti’s charge did well under the circumstances, running on to finish on the heels of the front pair, but the damage had already been done. He appeals as a progressive sprinter and this sort of mark looks to be well within his reach.
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