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Hunaina was impressive in winning the 1m listed fillies’ race. Settled nicely back in the field, around fifth on the inside through the early stages of the race, she picked up nicely when Alexis Badel asked her to, she picked up the leaders very quickly on the run to the 1f pole and she kept on well all the way to the line to post an impressive win. She was a good filly for Michael Halford last season, she won a good handicap at Dundalk last October, and she has continued that progression this year for her French trainer, Henri-Francois Devin. She beat Trais Fluors and Robin Of Navan in a conditions race at Chantilly in early March, and this was another step forward. She is talented and she is tough and she should be able to continue to progress.

Kempton, 7th April 2018


Mazzini did well to get as close as he did in the 6f handicap, given that he missed the break and was held up last of the eight runners in a race in which Andrea Atzeni was able to dictate a sedate pace from the front of Raven’s Lady. James Fanshawe’s horse made nice progress from the rear for George Wood from a furlong and a half out to take fourth place, three and a half lengths behind the winner. He does need things to drop right for him, but he is a talented performer when they do. This was his first run since November, and he could improve for it, for all that he was strong in the market here. He will be of interest next time in a more strongly-run race, and he will be of particular interest when he returns to Chelmsford, a track at which it appears that he is at his best.

Kempton, 7th April 2018


Warnaq was impressive in winning the 1m handicap. Smartly away from her outside stall, eight of eight, she quickly settled into a nice racing rhythm in front for Wayne Lordan, and she crossed over easily to the inside rail before the end of the back straight. She moved easily in front into the home straight as, one by one, her rivals started to come off the bridle. Inscribe moved up on the outside on the run to the 2f pole and So You Thought moved well in behind, but neither could to with Matthew Smith’s filly when she kicked. She moved clear at the 1f pole, and she stayed on strongly all the way up the hill to put 6l between herself and her pursuers by the time she reached the winning line.

This was an impressive performance from Warnaq on just her fourth ever run on the flat. There was a sense that she had the run of the race, that she had an easy time of it in front, but she appeared to set a decent pace on the ground, it wasn’t as if she stole it from the front, and it is difficult to argue that she wasn’t the best horse in the race at the weights on the day by a fair way. It took her three attempts to win her maiden at the back-end of last season, but she did, at Naas in November, stepped up from 9f to 12f. It didn’t really happen for her in three runs over hurdles, but this was a significant step forward, and it is interesting that her trainer said afterwards that she would be kept to the flat, at least for now.

The Arcano filly obviously goes well on this soft ground, but her sire won his maiden on fast ground and he won the July Stakes and the Prix Morny on good ground, her dam won her maiden on good ground and her grandam won and was Group 3 placed on fast ground, so it may be that she is not fully dependent on soft ground. Winner of her maiden over a mile and a half, she could do even better when she steps up from this 1m trip.

She appeared to enjoy being ridden aggressively over this shortened trip, but these tactics could also be effective over a longer trip. The handicapper raised her by 9lb for this to a mark of 85, but she appeared to win with plenty in hand. Also, this was just her fourth run on the flat and just her seventh run under all codes, so she has lots of potential for progression. She is entered in a 12f handicap at Limerick on Saturday, and she will be of interest if she takes her chance in that.

Navan, 7th April 2018


Imaging ran a really nice race to finish second to Gustav Klimt in the 2000 Guineas Trial over 7f.   He showed a smart turn of foot to go clear of early leader Kenya at 2f pole, and it looked like he had the favourite in trouble at that point. He was caught and passed by Gustav Kilmt in the end, but there was no disgrace in that. Aidan O’Brien’s colt won the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket last summer on his previous run, and he is now 3/1 favourite for the 2000 Guineas. Dermot Weld’s horse kept on well all the way to the line, and he finished 11l clear of his other two rivals. It was a good run. He won his maiden at Limerick at the back end of last season, and he finished off his race well to beat Ship Of Dreams over 1m on heavy ground at Cork on his debut this term. He goes well on this easy ground, and he should progress again from this. A son of Oasis Dream, he stays 1m well, and he appears to have a really good attitude.

Leopardstown, 14th April 2018

Ceilidhs Dream

Ceilidhs Dream did well to win the second division of the 1m three-year-old fillies’ maiden. Weak in the market beforehand, she missed the break, she was fully 2l behind the second last filly through the first couple of hundred yards, but she travelled well in rear, and she moved up nicely on the near side from the 3f marker when Louis Steward took her to the near side. She quickened up well to join the front rank. It looked like the favourite, newcomer Sea Of Class, was holding her on the run to the line, but Ralph Beckett’s filly battled well up the hill to get up and win by a neck from a highly-regarded newcomer, the pair of them coming 4l clear in a race that was run in a time that was faster than the time of the first division of this contest. Ceilidhs Dream was slowly away too on her only previous run, in a 1m fillies’ novice stakes at Kempton last November. She should improve for this experience, her first run since, and she should do even better when she can learn to get away on terms. Her dam won a listed race over 10f and she left the impression here that she should get that trip.

Newmarket, 18th April 2018