Mohaafeth is bred to be smart – a Frankel colt whose dam won both her starts – and he should come on plenty for his debut, given a considerate introduction at Doncaster in early September, not knocked about as he finished seventh. He is open to further improvement and is fancied to take a big step forward and open his account at the second attempt.
Roger Charlton’s yard is in good form at the minute, so it could be worth siding with his well-bred newcomer Boltaway to make a winning debut. Boltaway is a Dubawi colt whose dam was herself a winner as a juvenile, and he makes plenty of appeal on paper ahead of his debut.
Ralph Beckett has saddled five winning debutants since the resumption of racing, so it could pay to side with Free Will, who ought to be capable of putting up a good effort first time up. She is bred to be precocious, closely related to a couple of juvenile winners, and is one to note ahead of her first appearance.
A well-bred type – a Dark Angel colt out of Falmouth Stakes and Sun Chariot Stakes winner Integral – Fundamental attracted support ahead of his debut at Yarmouth recently, and he duly produced a promising first effort, just lacking for know-how when asked to chase down the pair who beat him.
He will have learnt plenty from that experience, and with improvement anticipated, he is expected to go even closer this time around.
Whenthedealisdone and Apollo One have both shown plenty of ability in their first few outings and they will each undoubtedly add more wins to their CV before long, but this contest looks to be all about Dark Shift, and it would be something of an upset were he not to maintain his unbeaten record.
He made plenty of appeal on paper ahead of his debut at Ascot last month, and he made a promising winning start, showing a good turn of foot to put the race to bed inside the final furlong, winning under a hands-and-heels ride. He should have a lot more to offer and is expected to make it two from two here.
Triggered has shaped much better than his bare form suggests this season, often catching the eye with the way he travels but not always seen to best effect. His effort at Ascot last time is a good example of this, left with plenty to do but plugging on well to finish as close as he did.
There is an air of unfinished business about him, he is clearly in reasonable heart and, should things fall right for him, he could prove dangerous from this mark.
Mini Milk was well backed on her first run for Brian Meehan’s yard at Kempton last time, and she duly showed much improved form to shed her maiden tag at the sixth attempt, looking suited by the step back in trip as she powered away from her rivals in the final furlong.
She must shoulder a 5 lb penalty for that win but will be tough to beat in this mood.
Trusty Rusty showed much improved form to finish runner-up on just her second handicap start at Lingfield last time, showing a willing attitude to ensure a progressive rival had to pull out all the stops to deny her only at the post.
This trip looks to play to her strengths and she is expected to be bang there despite a 5 lb rise.
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