Prompting, a half-brother to the dual Prix de la Foret winner One Master, only made his debut in October of his three-year-old season, but he showed ability straight away, finishing third at Kempton. He progressed well for Olly Murphy but produced a further chunk of improvement on his debut for David O’Meara at Ayr this month. He showed that he was well ahead of his mark at Ayr, travelling powerfully and winning with plenty in hand, and he looks the type to carry on improving for a yard that excels with recruits. He still looks well treated despite going up 8 lb.
Clareyblue finished only sixth over course and distance last week but he shaped better than the result would suggest. Fitted with first-time blinkers, Clareyblue raced with zest down the centre and kicked on two furlongs out. He was swamped by the runners who raced closer to the rail on what was seemingly an advantageous part of the track, but he stuck to his task and did best of those drawn low. He has a couple of efforts to his name which suggest he may be well treated from a mark of 82 and he is worth another chance.
Autumn Flight improved for the application of blinkers last season, finishing either first or second on the first four occasions that the headgear was applied. He climbed the weights but his efforts this year suggest he is not on a bad mark, and he is threatening to come good soon. Autumn Flight helped cut out the pace over five furlongs at Haydock last week but he was coming back for more inside the final furlong, rallying well under pressure to be beaten less than half a length in fourth. He’ll have no problem stepping back up in trip to six furlongs and everything looks in place for a big effort.
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