PAD­DOCK PICKS

Andrew Bald­ing’s young­ster kicks off Andrew Ayres’ lat­est se­lec­tion of fu­ture win­ners

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Andrew Ayres with his lat­est list of fu­ture win­ners

KEMP­TON AU­GUST 22 (STAN­DARD-SLOW) 1m two-year-old novice (Class 5) Av­er­age race

GREAT SHOT SAM (Andrew Bald­ing) is a big, mas­cu­line look­ing daugh­ter of the Preak­ness Stakes win­ner Shack­le­ford.She was no­tably green and edgy in the pre­lims but trav­elled strongly af­ter a slug­gish start and fin­ished clear sec­ond best be­hind an odds-on win­ner. She’s got the scope to im­prove and will surely win a race or two on AW sur­faces.

GOOD­WOOD AU­GUST 25( GOOD) 1m two-year-old maiden (Class 4) Fair form

BOWDITCH (John Gos­den) was big, raw and noisy in the pre­lims and def­i­nitely needed the out­ing men­tally and phys­i­cally. Bear­ing that in mind, he shaped cred­itably in fifth and is ca­pa­ble of much bet­ter. Keep him in mind for an or­di­nary maiden/novice event this au­tumn.

GOOD­WOOD AU­GUST 27 (GOOD, GOOD-FIRM IN PLACES) 1m two-year-old novice (Class 5) Race that lacked depth

AF­FLU­ENCE (Martin Smith) showed abil­ity on his de­but at Le­ices­ter and did so again here,fin­ish­ing fourth de­spite racing with the choke out un­til the home turn. This good-bod­ied colt has the scope to im­prove and looks fairly treated from a mark of 65.He should pick up a low grade nurs­ery be­fore the sea­son’s end.

EP­SOM AU­GUST 28 (GOOD) 1m2f hand­i­cap (Class 3) Impressive win­ner

HIGH END (Saeed bin Suroor) coped well with the pre­lims for an in­ex­pe­ri­enced three-year-old – it was a swel­ter­ing bank hol­i­day af­ter­noon with a big, rau­cous crowd – and ran out an impressive win­ner de­spite look­ing ill at ease on the cam­ber in the home straight. He’s a big-bod­ied, hand­some geld­ing and still well treated off his re­vised mark of 97.

SANDOWN SEPTEM­BER 1 (GOOD-SOFT) 7f two-year-old maiden (Class 5) Race that will pro­duce win­ners

HISTORYWRITER (David Menuisier) was by no means wound-up for this de­but and looked to have lit­tle chance of fig­ur­ing af­ter miss­ing the break. How­ever, he worked his way into con­tention on the out­side of the pack be­fore stay­ing on steadily into third be­hind a cou­ple of race-sharp ri­vals. This was a promis­ing de­but from a well en­tered colt (in the Royal Lodge and Dewhurst) and he will win races.

EMARAATY (John Gos­den) cost an eye­wa­ter­ing 2,600,000gns and hails from a fam­ily packed with Group win­ners.He’s a typ­i­cally deep-girthed son of Dubawi (although a darker bay than most by the sire) and looked as if he would tight­enup for the out­ing. A poor draw in stall 15 pre­sented ob­vi­ous prob­lems for Jim Crow­ley, who opted to take back and sit last through the early stages. He then seemed in­tent on teach­ing the colt how to race, switch­ing in­side then back out be­fore slic­ing through the pack to fin­ish an eye-catch­ing fourth. Emaraaty was the best horse in this field by some mar­gin and must be fol­lowed closely.

7f two-year-old maiden (Class 5) Av­er­age race

GRAF­FITI MAS­TER (John Gos­den) looked slightly in need of the out­ing, but went some way to­ward justifying a 575,000gns price tag by run­ning on from the rear to fin­ish fourth. The form of this race has been de­val­ued since, but Graf­fiti Mas­ter will strip sharper for out­ing and should be hard to beat next time.

SANDOWN SEPTEM­BER 2( GOOD) 7f two-year-old Group 3 (Class 1) Smart win­ner

MASAR (Char­lie Ap­pleby) was given a break af­ter fin­ish­ing third at Royal As­cot and looked a big­ger, stronger colt here. Hooded but re­laxed in the pre­lims, he could be named the win­ner for the whole of the straight and scored cosily af­ter hit­ting the front be­fore the fur­long pole.He’ll stay 1m2f – pos­si­bly fur­ther – and is a class act.

PURSER (John Gos­den) looked a tad weak in com­par­i­son to some of his ri­vals but was caught in a pocket as the race be­gan in earnest and fin­ished a luck­less fourth. He looked use­ful when mak­ing a win­ning de­but at New­bury and de­serves an­other chance.

1m2f hand­i­cap (Class 2) Impressive win­ner

THUN­DER­ING BLUE (David Menuisier) is thriv­ing phys­i­cally and ab­so­lutely bolted-up here, quick­en­ing from last to first un­der an ul­tra-con­fi­dent Jim Crow­ley. He’s clearly some way ahead of the hand­i­cap­per and would be very in­ter­est­ing if mak­ing the cut in the Cam­bridgeshire (New­mar­ket, Septem­ber 30). Stay with this pro­gres­sive grey.

GOOD­WOOD SEPTEM­BER 5 (SOFT) 1m2f maiden (Class 5) Or­di­nary form

PSY­CHOTIC (David Menuisier) caught the eye on his de­but at Sal­is­bury and looked in great shape again here. He at­tracted plenty of sup­port but lost all chance when Di­dier Gen­goul (top jockey in Guade­loupe but in­creas­ingly look­ing out of his depth in this coun­try) at­tempted to drive him through a rapidly clos­ing gap on the rail. There’s no doubt this hand­some geld­ing has abil­ity and he should win a mod­est event.

KEMP­TON SEPTEM­BER 6 (STAN­DARD TO SLOW) 1m maiden (Class 5) Run-of-the-mill event

CALM CHARM (Chris Wall) hails from a fam­ily that has served this yard well (half­sis­ter to three win­ners in­clud­ing the smart Mix And Min­gle) and took the eye in the pad­dock, be­ing a mas­cu­line filly with bags of scope. Too green to be put into the race prop­erly, she kept on steadily to fin­ish in mid-di­vi­sion, leav­ing the strong im­pres­sion there’s much more to come. She will be placed to win races this au­tumn/win­ter.

SAL­IS­BURY SEPTEM­BER 7 (GOOD-SOFT) 1m two-year-old novice (Class 4) Use­ful form

PIPPIN (Hughie Mor­ri­son) is a good-look­ing, medium-sized chest­nut who was no­tably green on this de­but. He fell out of the gates and looked clue­less through the early stages be­fore mak­ing steady head­way to fin­ish mid-di­vi­sion. This was a promis­ing de­but – the Mor­ri­son yard sel­dom has a win­ning new­comer – and Classic en­tered Pippin will win a race or two.

1m4f hand­i­cap (Class 4) Impressive win­ner

OPINIONATE (Amanda Per­rett) looked a smart prospect when win­ning on the AW as a ju­ve­nile and fi­nally be­gan to ful­fil that prom­ise with an impressive suc­cess here. He’s a class act phys­i­cally and can surely pick-up a valu­able prize this au­tumn,with con­nec­tions re­port­edly eye­ing New­mar­ket’s Old Row­ley Hand­i­cap on Oc­to­ber 13 as a likely tar­get.

AS­COT SEPTEM­BER 8( SOFT) 7f two-year-old maiden (Class 3) Race that will pro­duce win­ners

HER­CULEAN (Roger Charl­ton) came here with a lofty rep­u­ta­tion and was un­miss­able in the pad­dock, be­ing a king-sized chest­nut with four white socks and a slash­ing white blaze. He didn’t dis­ap­point in the race, run­ning green be­fore mow­ing down the op­po­si­tion for a de­ci­sive suc­cess. His sis­ter Fair Eva (both are by Frankel) failed to train on as ex­pected,but this im­pos­ing colt should im­prove and is an ex­cit­ing prospect.

WADILSAFA (Owen Bur­rows) is an­other son of Frankel but was a smaller, neater in­di­vid­ual than his main ri­val Her­culean. He im­pressed to post and ran a race full of prom­ise, fin­ish­ing sec­ond un­der a con­sid­er­ate ride. There was plenty to like about this ef­fort and he should win next time.

KEMP­TON SEPTEM­BER 8 (STAN­DARD TO SLOW) 1m two-year-old novice (Class 4) Fair race

DRAGON MOUN­TAIN (Hugo Palmer) cost a healthy 120,000gns and is big­ger and more ro­bust than most of Sir Percy’s off­spring. The pick of the pad­dock de­spite look­ing a tad burly,he at­tracted sup­port at fancy prices and shaped with plenty of

prom­ise in third be­hind the easy win­ner Roar­ing Lion.This was a de­cent de­but and Dragon Moun­tain could de­velop into a use­ful hand­i­cap­per.

7f two-year-old novice (Class 4) Use­ful con­test

MORLOCK (Char­lie Ap­pleby) had a touch of class in the pad­dock and jus­ti­fied strong sup­port with a cosy half-length win­ning de­but. He trav­elled smoothly, quick­ened when asked and al­ready looks to have a pro­fes­sional at­ti­tude to the job. Group races beckon and he could be smart.

FEN­NAAN (John Gos­den) is a good­look­ing colt who was soon on the back­foot af­ter a slug­gish start.He made eye-catch­ing progress into fifth at the line and is much bet­ter than the bare re­sult in­di­cates. Ex­pect much more from him next time.

7f two-year-old novice (Class 4) Fair form

GLENDEVON (Richard Hughes) is a tall, slightly gawky look­ing in­di­vid­ual who was slightly edgy in the pre­lims. Green and keen once un­der­way, he trav­elled well for a long way and lost noth­ing in de­feat be­hind the highly rated Sym­bol­iza­tion. He needs to re­lax in or­der to ful­fil his prom­ise, but this scopey chest­nut clearly has abil­ity.

BOBBY BIS­CUIT (Si­mon Dow) looked in need of the run on this de­but but shaped with plenty of prom­ise in fourth. He showed a like­able at­ti­tude un­der pres­sure, will strip sharper for the run and should be placed to ad­van­tage on the AW this win­ter by his un­der­rated trainer.

KEMP­TON SEPTEM­BER 9 (STAN­DARD-TO-SLOW) 1m hand­i­cap (Class 2) Poor race for the money

PRESUMIDO (Si­mon Dow) is a big,strong geld­ing and looked in good or­der for this valu­able prize. He wasn’t quite able to fig­ure – none of his eight wins have been gained above Class 4 com­pany – but shaped well just be­hind the placed horses. He’s el­i­gi­ble for 0-80s again af­ter this and ca­reer win num­ber nine is just around the cor­ner.

7f hand­i­cap (Class 4) Com­pet­i­tive race

MARYLE­BONE (Ed Walker) has al­ways been a good-looker and was cer­tainly ready-to-roll af­ter a four month break. He con­firmed that im­pres­sion with a solid ef­fort in third, shap­ing as if he might be more ef­fec­tive over fur­ther. This lightly raced geld­ing is well hand­i­capped and should score soon.

FINELCITY (Harry Dun­lop) looked back­ward on his be­lated reap­pear­ance in Au­gust and still looked slightly in need of the out­ing here. With that in mind, he shaped well in fourth af­ter forc­ing the pace and is run­ning him­self back into form. He’s still fea­si­bly treated and can win again.

LE­ICES­TER SEPTEM­BER 12 (GOOD, GOOD-SOFT IN PLACES) 7f two-year-old fil­lies novice (Class 4) Fair form

VERVE (Hugo Palmer) was a size big­ger than her mar­ket ri­val Beau­ti­ful Mem­ory and was heav­ily backed near the off. She looked set to jus­tify that sup­port at the fur­long pole,but ran out of steam close home and was just out­gunned by fel­low new­comer Orsera.This was a pleas­ing de­but

and Verve should prove the pick of these in time.

1m two-year-old novice Rea­son­able race

SET­TING SAIL (Char­lie Ap­pleby) is a big, rangy, re­laxed colt who looked green to post and through most of the race.He was only beaten by lack of match prac­tice here and looks the sort who will de­velop into a use­ful mid­dle-dis­tance performer. Keep an eye on him.

STARCASTER (Hughie Mor­ri­son) hails from a smart mid­dle-dis­tance fam­ily (dam was sec­ond in the Oaks/Ir­ish Oaks) but looked back­ward and in need of the run here. With that in mind, he ran a cracker in third hav­ing mo­men­tar­ily looked dan­ger­ous halfway up the straight. There are def­i­nitely races in this late-ma­tur­ing colt.

KEMP­TON SEPTEM­BER 13 1m4f three-year-old hand­i­cap (Class 5) Fair race for the grade

JUST IN TIME (Alan King) still looks a tad un­fur­nished but has re­ally started to find his feet and showed a bright turn-of-foot to win this read­ily. He’s a bet­ter horse than this grade and has the scope and nat­u­ral abil­ity to hold his own at a higher level. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see if his trainer sends him hur­dling this au­tumn or sticks to the Flat, ei­ther way he will win again.

EP­SOM SEPTEM­BER 14 (GOOD) 1m4f hand­i­cap (Class 4) Fair form

C’EST NO MOUR (Peter Hedger) is thriv­ing phys­i­cally and looked in tremen­dous shape.He trav­elled best, cruised into con­tention and won read­ily de­spite idling when he hit the front. Con­nec­tions are eye­ing a re­turn to this track for the Ap­pren­tices ’Derby on Oc­to­ber 1 – he has al­ready won the Ama­teur and Jump Jockey equiv­a­lents – and this rapidly im­prov­ing bay will be hard to beat there.

SANDOWN SEPTEM­BER 15( GOOD) 5f two-year-old maiden (Class 5) Run-of-the-mill con­test

BY ROYAL AP­PROVAL (Michael Ap­pleby) is an at­trac­tive, rangy colt who had shown lit­tle on his two pre­vi­ous starts.He left that form be­hind here, run­ning on strongly into fourth un­der a tame ride from the claimer Gabriele Malune. This un­ex­posed bay is open to plenty of im­prove­ment and can surely win a sprint nurs­ery this au­tumn.

1m two-year-old novice (Class 5) Above av­er­age con­test

CROSSED BA­TON (John Gos­den) was late into the pad­dock – as are too many from this yard – but there was still enough time to see he was by far the best look­ing ju­ve­nile on show here. He at­tracted an avalanche of sup­port near the off and won cosily de­spite hav­ing to switch round the lead­ers to launch a chal­lenge.He’s a smart prospect and well worth his place in a Listed/Group race this au­tumn.

STEPHENSONS ROCKET (Ed Walker) looked back­ward men­tally and didn’t help his cause by run­ning freely for much of the race.He was still able to keep on strongly for fourth.

HOUSE EDGE (Michael Bell) looked the part but wasn’t as fit of some of his ri­vals and was never re­ally able to threaten. He caught the eye run­ning on steadily for fifth though and will be a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion next time.

DIOCLETIAN (Andrew Bald­ing) didn’t look wound-up for this de­but and was rid­den con­ser­va­tively through­out.He was noted trav­el­ling strongly be­hind a wall of horses for much of the straight and shaped much bet­ter than his fin­ish­ing po­si­tion (ninth) sug­gests.

1m hand­i­cap (Class 3) Front two pulled clear

SHARJA BRIDGE (Roger Var­ian) ar­rived here af­ter just three starts in maid­ens and looked raw com­pared to his ri­vals. He raced close to the pace through­out, hit the front be­fore the fur­long pole and was only nailed close home by the more ex­pe­ri­enced The Grape Es­cape. This was a fine hand­i­cap de­but from Sharja Bridge and he could be a Group horse in the mak­ing.

Purser

Maryle­bone

Masar

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