Goodwood (May 2) & Salisbury (May 3)
Crowned With Stars (David Simcock)
Pitched into a strong maiden at Salisbury on May 3 which is already working out. This son of Sea The Stars didn’t disgrace himself despite being very green throughout the race. He is possibly a touch flattered by the bare form and may not be the type to immediately strike, but he’s got ability and should improve with racing.
Illuminate (Richard Hannon)
Royal Ascot isn’t too far away now and one juvenile filly that should make your shortlist is this daughter of Zoffany who really caught the eye when running away with a conditions race at Salisbury on May 3. Green early she got behind before learning as the race progressed. By the two pole she looked in control before sprinting past her rivals to score nicely. This was the same race Richard Hannon Junior won with Tiggy Wiggy last season so plenty points to her being Royal Ascot calibre.
Maxwell (Ralph Beckett)
A son of Big Bad Bob who showed a lovely attitude when winning a handicap at Salisbury on May 3. In a better position than most off a fair gallop he looked to get quite badly taped for pace before eventually grinding his field down to win. There is plenty of stamina in his pedigree so 10-12 furlong races will suit. He looks progressive.
Open The Red (Amanda Perrett)
A big horse of Amanda Perrett’s that took the eye in winning a poor 0-70 handicap at Goodwood on May 2. It wasn’t a great race, but the style of the victory was taking and he may be the type to win two or three races back-to-back. In the worst position off the pedestrian gallop the son of Lawman travelled win great ease before easily putting the race to bed. If Open The Red can show the same turn of foot off faster fractions he’ll be one to follow. The handicapper has put him up nine pounds, which isn’t too bad.
Thunder Pass (Hughie Morrison)
This son of High Chaparral appears to be a stout stayer on the evidence of his Goodwood win (May 2) where he chased a very strong early pace. As well as sitting close to a ferocious gallop he was a little keen early in the hands of Adam Kirby, but it didn’t stop him from winning. In doing so he showed a nice attitude which is always a positive. He looks one to keep on the right side over trips ranging from 12-16 furlongs.