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Baaeed made plenty of appeal on paper before making his debut at Leicester last month – he is a brother to very smart Hukum – and he looked a good prospect as he overcame greenness to make the perfect start to his career.
He showed much more speed than his brother, flying home inside the final furlong once the penny began to drop, very much catching the eye, so it was no surprise he started odds on for a similar event under a penalty over this course and distance last time.
As expected, Baaeed showed much improved form and looked a smart prospect as he followed up in emphatic fashion. He was always travelling strongly and his jockey never looked in a rush, switching him out from behind the leaders two furlongs out and quickly drawing clear in impressive fashion. Baaeed faces better and more experienced rivals now, but there is no doubt he is a pattern-class performer in the making, and is strongly fancied to take this step up in grade in his stride.
Snow Lantern is bred in the purple – by Frankel and out of four-time Group 1 winner Sky Lantern – and she built on her highly-encouraging debut last season when opening her account in dominant fashion at Newbury in April. That was an above-average maiden and she convincingly put two promising colts in their place.
Connections decided to miss the 1,000 Guineas and take a more patient approach after, but she was far too keen in a listed event at York on her next start for which she started a hot favourite. Snow Lantern was still one of the last horses off the bridle, but had patently done too much too soon and had no answer for the reopposing Primo Bacio in the closing stages.
Primo Bacio missed the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on account of the ground, but Snow Lantern ran a cracker up in grade in a race her dam won in 2013, and was arguably unlucky not to win. Snow Lantern looked more than comfortable up against more experienced fillies and was making good headway when becoming short of room inside the final furlong and had to switch.
She closed all the way to the line, though, and was only beaten by Alcohol Free who got a much clearer passage down the outside. Snow Lantern is arguably open to the most improvement here and you can make a strong case for her reversing the form on both Primo Bacio and Alcohol Free.
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Dhabab – 15:15 Newmarket, Saturday
Dhabab was a £200,000 buy at the breeze-ups earlier this year and looked a good prospect as he made an impressive winning debut at Leicester at the beginning of June. He did that easily so it was no surprise he was fast-tracked to the Coventry Stakes just two weeks later and the weight of support behind suggests much better was expected.
He did build on the promise of his debut, but he still looked inexperienced and wasn’t able to show all that his is capable of. Dhabab was pushed along and ran green just after halfway and was starting to rally when he was hampered inside the final furlong. He regathered his stride after and was never nearer than at the finish, leaving the impression he would have finished much closer with a clearer run.
The step up to seven furlongs looks a good move now and he could have too much for these with Frankie Dettori in the saddle for the first time.
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