David O’Meara’s yard has been going well with two-year-olds this term and NOMADIC EMPIRE does not look to be the exception to that rule.
The Kodiac colt showed plenty of ability when third in a course-and-distance novice on debut last week, and with improvement surely on the cards, he has to be considered the one to beat.
An easy four-length winner at Newcastle over 5 furlongs in January, CLAREYBLUE hasn’t exactly built on that in handicaps subsequently – twice finishing fourth, though he has by no means been disgraced on either of those runs.
The application of first-time blinkers may be able to eke out a little more improvement and he is certainly not one to write off.
TASAAMUH made plenty of appeal on paper ahead of her debut at Kempton last month and she duly shaped with promise, caught further back than ideal and ultimately doing well to finish third.
She should come on notably for that outing and looks well up to winning a race of this standard.
A dual Group 2 winner at Newmarket in 2019, COMMUNIQUE looked back to form when runner-up in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (a race he won last year) at Newmarket earlier this month.
This represents a drop back in grade for Mark Johnston’s charge, who is the clear one to beat if able to produce an effort similar to the one he put up last time.
GREAT EXAMPLE improved with each outing as a three-year-old, notably when going down by a half-length to Caradoc in a strong Newbury handicap on his final start back in September.
There could be more to come from him as a four-year-old, and with top apprentice Cieren Fallon taking a handy 3lb off his back, he could be worth chancing to reverse the form with the reopposing Caradoc.
A narrow winner of the Nunthorpe over this course and distance back in 2018, as well as a good second to Battaash in the Temple Stakes at Haydock on his return to action last season, ALPHA DELPHINI has been off the track since his runner-up finish in the Temple Stakes 14 months ago. But, he is clearly a talented individual and is the one to beat here if returning anywhere near that level.
Equilateral and El Astronaute have both placed as Group 1 level and could fight out the finish should the selection fail to deliver.
ARCTIC FOX was successful in the Queen Mother’s Cup over this course and distance from a similar mark last year and, with a reappearance run under her belt, looked to be back on track when third at Ripon last week.
The return to this trip will suit her and all looks set fair for a bold bid from Richard Fahey’s charge.
TRIGGERED caught the eye to a degree when fourth on his reappearance at Haydock early last month, and though he wasn’t strictly able to build on that performance at Doncaster last time, he did shape a bit better than the distance beaten suggests – short of room over a furlong out before staying on for fourth.
Overall, he has made a satisfactory start since joining Mark Loughnane’s yard and he looks to have a big run in him sooner or later.
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