12:40 Nottingham -
We start with William Haggas' son of Kingman - Dalaalaat. This bay colt was fancied to go well on debut at Sandown over one mile. This May foal (quite late) was priced 3/1 He was quite weak in the betting that day drifting from an opening price of 9/4. In many respects, that indifference may have detailed that he needed the run. This strong colt finished fifth, beaten just over four lengths.
Cadeau D'Amour held an entry for the Brocklesby Stakes but wasn't seen until October. There must have been issues along the way He didn't show anything on debut. Sometimes horses can look horrendous on debut and spring a surprise next start. It is interesting he started his career at York. Priced 33/1. You'd have to take a watching brief unless a thrillseeker.
Dalaalaat 11/10f 1st
Cadeau D'Amour 66/1 6th
Note: A nice performance from Dalaalaat. A good-looking juvenile. Cadeau D'Amour ran better at huge odds in 6th.
5:45 Kempton -
Mark Johnston's Sky Defender has always been entered as though a very talented juvenile. I guess, within reason, this British-bred son of Farhh ran a great race on debut when a narrow, if not unlucky, loser. The second start saw him favourite for the Convivial Maiden Stakes at York. He clearly disappointed that day. Next time out at Musselburgh. I must admit I thought he would take a world of beating. He won at 8/11f but it was a matter of holding your breath and closing your eyes with a neck win. A stride or two more and it would have been bad news (for those who bet). An official rating of 88 saw his first nursery effort which proved a disappointment. Back to Auction Class with a win penalty. Just looks too many ifs and buts for my liking. Time will tell.
Sky Defender 7/2 3rd
Note: Sky Defender led but headed at the furlong pole. Tired in the closing stages and has some limitation under the penalty.