Newmarket Craven Meeting eyecatchers

Amazing Speed (Saeed bin Suroor)

A beautifully-bred daughter of Shamardal from the family of Preakness winner Bernardini this Godolphin filly made a lovely start to her career in what may be a useful three-year-old maiden. Held-up off a less than ideal gallop she ran on nicely under James Doyle to finish fifth. Saeed Bin Suroor is a good handler of fillies and this strapping type can only improve. Despite being a big horse she has a real fast ground action.

Beautiful Romance (Saeed bin Suroor)

This is a filly that may improve drastically when she is stepped up in trip and would even interest me in a soft ground Guineas, if it transpired, on the back of her Nell Gwyn Stakes third. Her hold-up style isn’t suited to the Newmarket track on quick ground especially over distances well shy of her best. A big filly she can improve on this fitness wise while finishing third in a Nell Gwyn on your second start isn’t bad. Cut in the ground may suit going forward. Longer-term the Oaks may well play to her strengths.

Bermondsey (Luca Cumani)

It’s hard to know when some of Luca Cumani’s middle distance types will start to deliver, but I felt there was plenty to like about Bermondsey’s opening effort in the Wood Ditton Stakes. Off a nice gallop the son of Galileo was far too keen to ration his energy correctly and ultimately paid for it late in the race. While beaten five lengths in the end he ran like a much better horse and when learning to race properly may go on to fulfil his six figure price-tag and well above average pedigree.

Encore D’Or (Ralph Beckett)

A sound start to the season in the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Sprint. This son of Oasis Dream is a big stamp of a horse and should strip fitter for the outing and well as going on to improve. He chased a strong pace here and paid for it late. It’s interesting he is in the new Royal Ascot Group 1, The Commonwealth Cup, so maybe more is expected of him in time. He went up seven pounds for this effort to 92 which isn’t too bad. A flatter track and seven furlongs may suit best in time although he showed a fair bit of pace for six here.

Golden Horn (John Gosden)

This horse has really impressed me in both of his starts. John Gosden’s inmate was good at the backend last season when winning a Nottingham maiden suggesting he may be a pattern class performer. He once more created a favourable impression when winning the Listed Feilden Stakes under Frankie Dettori. Giving the field a big headstart he got into contention easily, made significant midrace move before staying on well to score in good style. He easily beat a 106-rated match-fit rival on his second run. The Dante is said to be next and while he’ll need to improve again you’d have to think there is more to come. It’s risky, but I’ve taken some 33s about him in the Derby although he needs to be supplemented.

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