Guineas meeting eyecatchers

Academy House (Michael Bell)

Probably wasn’t the strongest Newmarket maiden ever run given the time was poor. That said, the winner is said to be Royal Ascot bound so best not to be firm on the above just yet. The horse that most caught the eye in the race was this son of Kodiac, who, of the first three home, was most inconvenienced by the slow early gallop. Under Tom Queally he ran green before the penny finally dropped late in the day. He finished his race strongly and should be capable of breaking his maiden.

Balios (David Simcock)

Quite simply, was given an awful Jamie Spencer ride. Sat last off pedestrian fractions Spencer allowed the winner, and indeed the majority of the field, a distinct advantage early in the race. The son of Shamardal ran like the best horse in the line-up and is bordering on Group 3 class judged on this evidence. This was only his second run so is entitled to improve. David Simcock’s inmate has a useful pedigree and will probably stay 12 furlongs. Although the early pace was slow he didn’t pull and looks uncomplicated. His Derby entry looks a step too far at this stage, but there is more to come.

Gamesome (Olly Stevens)

I’m sure there is a big handicap in this son of Rock Of Gibraltar, but his hold-up style over six furlongs means his chance of winning depends on a strong pace and luck in running. He once more caught the eye at this meeting when one of a few horses to make up ground from off the pace. Tracks like Ascot, although he has not run there yet, may suit him better and he’s one horse I have on my radar for the Wokingham Stakes. Cut in the ground may also just improve him that couple of pounds.

Malabar (Mick Channon)

Legatissimo and especially Lucida looked good in the 1000 Guineas, but of those further down the finishing order, Malabar (4th) caught my eye. She’s not over big so there may have been a worry if she would train on. On this evidence you’d have to stay she has. Having sat closer than the aforementioned pair to a strong pace, she just didn’t have the change of gear to compete with the first two home. This is not a surprise given her stout pedigree. Her sire, Raven’s Pass, did win over ten furlongs while on her distaff side there is an abundance of stamina. The Irish 1000 Guineas is next and while that stiffer track may help her get closer to Legatissimo and Lucida, Malabar looks ripe for a step-up in trip. If she were mine I’d go down the Oaks avenue. She’s one to keep in mind when stepping up in distance on fast ground.

Marma’s Boy (Ralph Beckett)

This son of Duke Of Marmalade put up a no-nonsense strong-staying type performance to win the concluding handicap on the Sunday. Off a fair gallop he was always up with the pace before getting tapped for toe. He showed a good attitude to get his head back in front, however, and hit the line pretty strong. On this evidence 12 furlongs is his best trip, but he has scope to stay further. He looks progressive.

I see he is entered over ten furlongs at Sandown this week, but he wouldn’t interest me over that trip.

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