A’SHAMARDI cost 150,000 guineas as a yearling and is out of a half-sister to Oaks winner Love Divine, so it’s not a great surprise that he proved to be much better than an opening mark of just 59 when upped in trip at Lingfield. He scored with a good deal of authority at Lingfield, always looking in control once quickening to the front, and the lightly-raced three-year-old remains open to plenty of improvement after only four starts.
He has been hit with an 8lb rise for that length-and-a-half success, but, given his upwardly-mobile profile, this revised mark of 67 should not prove beyond him. The excellent form of the Simon & Ed Crisford stable is another factor in his favour.
TURAATH has shown run-by-run improvement and wasn’t beaten far when finishing third on her handicap debut at Kempton in August. Turaath, who was beaten two-and-a-quarter lengths, found only a couple of subsequent winners too strong in what was a competitive three-year-old handicap, and she would have got closer had she not hung badly left in the straight. She is entitled to come on again for that experience and can prove she is on a fair mark.
GRAND CANAL failed to produce an improved effort when stepped up to two miles at Chelmsford last time, finishing only fourth. However, he wasn’t seen to best effect having been held up in a steadily-run race, and he could be worth another chance.
He won well at Yarmouth in July, justifying good support, and was then an unlucky loser at Thirsk, where he stayed on well having raced in snatches. Those efforts suggest that he is worth another chance and, still unexposed as a stayer, he can make his presence felt.
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