Group Horse Daily is a great website because it details the best unraced and lightly raced two-year-old thoroughbred horses.
This post will highlight a few of the potentially better juveniles running on Friday.
2:30 Doncaster -
Simon Crisford has a few talents in his string and Kareena Kapoor made a worthy debut at Yarmouth when unfacied in the betting at 16/1. This daughter of More Than Ready cost 80,000 euros. It is slightly difficult to assess that first race. The winner, Pretty Pollyanna, ran well at Royal Ascot when contending the Albany Stakes Group 3. Crisford's charge was unlucky not to win as she was bumped about in the closing stages. If the price that day was a reflection of being slightly in need of the race, she should go well. A recent Listed race entry details the regard she is held. If, somehow, drifting to each way odds (unlikely) she would be a good bet. There are a few in opposition but I would fancy this chestnut to run a big race.
2:40 Yarmouth -
A small field but a few of interest. A competitive race which may take some winning. James Tate's colt Autumn Splendour has very good claims from a statistical point of view, although probably price to chance at 6/4. This Irish bred son of Dandy Man cost £52,000 at the yearling sales. He was ring rusty on debut. A slow start saw hot favourite, True Mason, a talented juvenile, storm clear while Tate's horse owned by Saeed Manana was playing catch up. In fairness, he ran on with spirit and will be much wiser.
This isn't a one-horse race.
Brian Meehan's *Mendoza ran well on debut and placed in the Woodcote Stakes, which is a strong race for this time of year. A tough challenger.
Hugo Palmer hasn't had too many juveniles out this season. A few have shown ability while others proved disappointments. *James Street is one of few to receive a significant entry which gives some hope of ability. This son of Gale Force Ten cost 130,000G at the breeze-up sales. It will take a talented, primed debutante to lower the colours of the two favourites. Not impossible but will need to be something special.
George Margarson does't have many two-year-olds in his string. The better ones are owned by John Guest Racing. Model Guest finished down the field when racing over course and distance on debut but showed a glimmer of ability before tiring. This daughter of Showcasing cost 135,000G at the yearling sales. A significant amount of money. She was slowly into stride on debut but loomed up at one point as though a serious threat. A 66/1 shot that day, she isn't without hope. I'm pretty sure connection like this filly. She was entered to run at Royal Ascot and a recent Listed race. May be big odds but far from a horse with no hope.
A tough-looking race. I would respect the chance of Tate's horse but I wouldn't be jumping in at short odds.
6:30 Chester -
Quite a restricted auction race. Axel Jacklin has received a couple of significant entries, stepping up to 7f for the first time. A short enough price here. Perhaps the extra trip will be helpful. A few hard races and just wondering if he is regressing. I wouldn't be betting at short odds. I can imagine this horse leading with Norton a fine rider around Chester. May be worth laying in running as a safety policy.