Horses To Follow » Saamidd


No prizes for originality, but Saamidd was a really impressive winner of his seven-furlong maiden at Newbury on Friday, and he could be very good indeed. The Godolphin newcomer was well-touted coming into the race, and Frankie Dettori always looked confident on him, holding him up, but well in touch with the field, closest to the stands’ side on the outside of runners. He was the only one still travelling on the bridle at the two-furlong pole and when Frankie asked him to pick up, he showed a scintillating turn of foot to clear away from his field in a matter of strides. He was only responding to hands and heels but he still managed to win by seven lengths, eased down again at the line.

Saamidd may not be a betting proposition now, given how highly regarded he appears to be, and odds of 25/1 for the Guineas may even be a bit on the short side, but he looked very good here and the sky is the limit for him now. The way he travelled and then quickened up with the minimum of fuss suggests that he could prove to be top-class and this could have been a good maiden, the second and third were both well-backed on the day, represented good yards and they had decent form from Newmarket and Newbury maidens. Saamidd is really well bred, he is by Street Cry and out of a Galileo mare, racing over a mile should be no problem and it’s likely he will be more effective over further in time.

13th August 2010