DESERT ROSE was a 200,00 Guineas yearling, who is a full sister to Pavillon, who won her first two starts for Richard Hannon and was rated in the mid 80’s.
She made her debut a couple of weeks ago in Chelmsford over 6 furlongs and she wasn’t disgraced in third behind two that had racecourse experience.
Our selection got badly outpaced when the pace lifted, but did run on strongly and the way she shaped there suggests that the step up in trip to this 7-and-a-half furlongs will be massively in her favour.
Naamoos is likely to make the market after his very promising debut at Wolverhampton, but Desert Rose could be value as a result – particularly as I can see her taking a big step forward here.
ALJADY has been really productive since the resumption of racing for his new trainer Robert Cowell, winning three of his five starts and he was at his most impressive last time out at Sandown when bolting up in a handicap off a mark of 97.
He had really solid yardstick Arecibo over 6 lengths back in second that day and he is now up to a career high mark of 107 as a result.
That was on soft ground, but he is every bit as effective on fast ground and he would look tough to beat on these terms.
Caspian Prince is likely to blast out in front and looks the danger to my selection, but I suspect Caspian Prince might just set this up for Aljady.
This is very speculative as HAWK IN THE SKY is anything but consistent, and he has to overcome three pretty awful runs under this season. He has won twice though and if he is on a going day, he is more than capable of going close at this level.
He is a course and distance winner, winning a novice race here last July and he finished last season with a handicap win at Catterick off a mark of 58. He runs here off a mark of 87 and blinkers are applied for the first time, they could be the key to him bouncing back to form.
He’s likely to be priced as a big outsider here, but it looks worth chancing that the headgear has the desired effect.
Alpha King is a full brother to the very useful Tsar and a half-brother to the Group 1-placed Juliet Foxtrot and could prove difficult to beat if fully tuned up for his debut, but I’m willing to give TITIAN another chance after showing plenty of promise on his debut at Newmarket back in July.
He was finishing very strongly that day to only be beaten less than 2 lengths and that form looks very solid now. The winner was third in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes on his next start, while the third, fifth and sixth have all won at least once each since.
That was on soft ground, and perhaps the really fast ground at Goodwood was the reason for the poor effort next time when well fancied.
He has been gelded in the interim and if he handles the surface at Newcastle, he might be able to get off the mark here.
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