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Monday, 8 October 2018

Monday's 2YO Update (8th October)

Michael Bell Horse Trainer
A few races of interest:

1:55 Windsor - 

Just the one entrant here. Michael Bell's Emirates Empire. This Irish-bred son of Authorized was half fancied on debut over a mile at Newmarket. He was keen, which makes life difficult over a trip, and tired in the final furlong. This colt finished ninth, looking pretty disappointing. That was a fair stake race. I would suspect Emirates Empire is capable of much better than seen and 20/1 could be a decent price. It wouldn't be the biggest surprise to see money for this horse. Being off course for over 50 days supports the opinion nothing much went right that day. Soft ground and a low draw. Clearly, needs to improve vastly on that debut but could be better than seen so far. 

Emirates Empire 7/1 3rd

2:05 Pontefract - 

Gravistast has received a Class 2 stakes entry. Shown a bit of ability on both starts and favourite to win today. 

 The stable has Henry's Conquest who wasn't fancied on debut and truthfully showed limited ability. Would have needed the run that day to be competitive here. 

Gravistast 8/11f 2nd 
Henry's Conquest 25/1 6th 

6:15 Kempton - 

Simon Crisford has a decent string of two-year-olds which gives added confidence for those noted as having ability. Buniann  is a son of Tamayuz out of a winning mare. This homebred is one of just nine juveniles to receive entries this season. The stable can ready a debut winner. If backed would bring even more confidence.

Shiela's Secret is a speedy son of Showcasing and a battling type. Denis Coakley doesn't get too many horses of note but a very talented trainer. He led for most last time out, under a penalty, and faded in the closing furlong. Interesting to see how this drop in distance goes. Shouldn't be a problem. They are probably hoping he finished rather than tires at the line. 

Shiela's Secret 5/1 5th 
Buniann 7/2 7th

6:45 Kempton - 

Paul Cole is a fine trainer. Sad that he doesn't get the juveniles of the old days. However, he can still hit the winner's enclosure. Cool Reflection has raced four times and shown ability. Did nothing on debut. Went much better second start at 33/1, when runner-up. Outclassed when competing at Group 2. A recent wind operation may have resolved an issue or two. He ran a fair race last time out behind a comfortable winner. 

Cool Reflection 6/4f 1st