This weekend’s two-day game at Newbury often throws forth a future star or two and there are plenty of intriguing entries this time.
Take Friday’s Dubai Duty Free full of surprises Conditions for the British EBF mares for starters.
It’s dressed Installation earning the great Timeform P and the punchy Master rating of 95 on his debut at Newmarket in July. As the daughter of Kingman of the Capri family, her next start is eagerly awaited.
In the same race there’s cherry, which could make her track debut for Juddmonte and Ralph Beckett. She is a Dubawi daughter out of the useful Frankel mare Mori, who is herself out of a half sister of Midday.
Another filly by Dubawi is demise, trained by William Haggas and a daughter of Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Dank. She has shown enough at home to warrant a Rockfel entry as well.
On the same map the Haynes Hanson & Clark Stakes has produced many a good horse over the years – and one or two derby winners.
It could include the second launch of high benchanother with a big Timeform P and in his case a Masters Rating of 100 after a very engaging debut win on the Newmarket July Course.
Richard Hannon seems determined to test his skills with no fewer than six entries. The obvious contender for him is Classic who made it third time – you guessed it on the July course – last month and is advanced and useful already.
But the dog handler also has a few unused stallions in it. King Sharjah is a son of Kingman, whose dam descends from a winning half-sister to Dubawi uncle scored 90,000 as a yearling and is related to some fast horses.
Highbank is among the entries for Saturday seven furlong beginner stakes too – as well as Exoplanet and Uncle.
Charlie Appleby, Highbank’s coach, could turn to him Conspicuous Stara Sea The Stars son out of Rockfel Stakes winner Lucida.
William Haggas has garden route in it, by Galileo out of a South African winner closely related to the Group One winners in the country.
King Power has a couple of interesting entries. Dear power is a 200,000 son by Cracksman with Andrew Balding fox journeywho cost half as much at the auction is riding with Sir Michael Stoute and a colt by Roaring Lion out of the von Alexandrova family.
Andrew Balding has got off to a flying start with his first batch of Juddmonte two-year-olds Silvretta a daughter of Invincible Spirit from a dam who is a half-sister to Special Duty who takes her only place in racing history for having been awarded both French and English 1000 Guineas.
And that’s before we get to that Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes where form horse Persian power will test the mettle of a flood of potential improvers.
Probably the most interesting Sakheer who looked like a stallion of some talent when he tumbled home six lengths at Haydock earlier this month. Clive Cox won the race last year with Wings Of War and his heroism made a great impression winning on the debut in Salisbury Mustajaab showed a clever turn last time out in Ffos Las and plenty of guts to win. He’s an interesting prospect.
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