MOON RIVER (6.25pm Windsor) Daughter of Exceed And Excel and shaped with promise on her debut behind highly rated winner at Newbury 18 days ago. Having run green, is sure to improve a good deal for the experience, but could have been allotted a more advantageous stall position.
MICKEY HALLER (2pm Newbury) A son of Gimcrack Stakes winner Approve and is out of Miss Assertive, who also won as a juvenile and was twice placed in listed events .Has shown up very well in his preparatory work, but as with most of our juveniles, will be all the better with the outing behind him.
VICTORIOUSLY (2pm Newbury) Accompanies Mickey Haller to post for this very interesting Maiden and is more stoutly bred than his stable mate. By Azamour, his dam is a daughter of German ace Monsun and won a listed event as a juvenile. He may not be seen at his best until he tackles further than this seven furlongs, but should run well.
SULAALAAT (2.30pm Newbury) Missed an opportunity at the Newmarket July Festival after the very heavy rain and should have underfoot conditions to her liking here. Ran a race full on promise when narrowly beaten second on her debut at Lingfield, and is expected to step up on the performance here. One of the leading players in another fascinating maiden.
MONTALCINO (2.30pm Newbury) Our local course is one of the best places to introduce two year olds, and this daughter of Big Bad Bob makes her first racecourse appearance. Whilst we are happy with what we have seen so far, she probably need this initial experience.
BURANO (4.45pm Newbury) Tried his luck over the round mile at Sandown last time, but met with interference when trying to deliver his challenge and was unable to get in a blow at the leaders. Returns to ten furlongs here, and should go well in a race which is not quite as competitive as some he has tackled so far this season.
ALPINE AFFAIR (2.20pm Nottingham) One of our earliest two year old runners and returns to six furlongs for this nursery debut after trying his luck over seven at Haydock last time. Should be helped by the faster ground here, and looking for an improved effort with the application of blinkers for the first time.
MAWFOOR (6.50pm Newmarket) Takes a drop in class here after three outings in competitive handicaps and has been dropped 5lbs in his handicap mark since his latest attempt at Sandown. Is also given a try in blinkers and if he finds his true level of form, he should want plenty of beating.
RACING’S DREAM (6.50pm Newmarket) This is the third race of the day in which we are double handed and we are hoping the ground here will be more suitable after he was withdrawn at Sandown on Wednesday evening. Unexposed after just three outings and should be able to build on his comeback effort at Haydock.
TAGHREEB (8.25pm Newmarket) A son of Dubawi and the last of our racecourse debutantes on a busy day. Has been give plenty of time, but is now ready to try his luck on the racecourse and should run well. However, he is expected to need the experience.
SPARK PLUG (3.25pm Leicester) Highly talented performer and unbeaten on his first two outings. Took a step up in class at Royal Ascot last time and was not beaten far when sixth in a very competitive event. Continues to progress and has a very good chance in what could prove a typically muddling three horse affair.
FAITHFUL CREEK (7.15pm Epsom) Has posted respectable performances in very good Maidens at Newmarket on his two outings so far and looks open to further improvement. Although this is still a decent maiden, he takes a step down in grade, and he should want plenty of beating.
MUSTADAAM (4.25pm Leicester) Consistent performer and can boast some very useful form over this trip. Below par effort in the very soft ground last time, but underfoot conditions are faster here and he looks the one to beat.
RECOVER (2.10pm Lingfield) Has failed to figure on her two outings so far and is fitted with blinkers for the first time to see if it will spark some improvement in performance. Has a good draw, but lots of unknown quantities among the unraced rivals.
RED LADY (6pm Sandown) Has improved with racing this season and broke her duck for the campaign with an emphatic win at Bath on her latest start. Goes back up in class here, but she should more than make her presence felt if she continues to progress.
RACING’S DREAM (6.35pm Sandown) Showed promise in two outings as a juvenile and produced another creditable effort on return to action at Haydock. Will be all the better for that run and should go well in what looks a typically tricky three year old handicap.
CLODOALDO (6.30pm Windsor) Lightly raced three year old and would have a chance in this low grade event after two outings to sharpen him up in better class events.
CARNIVAL KING (7.30pm Windsor) Son of our Group 1 Prix Morny winner Arcano and has been working nicely in preparation for this first racecourse appearance. However, does not enjoy the privilege of a good draw, and, like most of our two year olds first time, is sure to benefit a good deal from the experience.
HILLGROVE ANGEL (7.30pm Windsor) Accompanies Carnival King to post for this interesting maiden and, like his stablemate, could have been more fortunate with his stall allocation. A son of smart juvenile stallion Dark Angel, he has also shaped well at home, but again will be all the better with these exertions behind him.
© 2011 Brian Meehan at Manton