An EBF Maiden Stakes over 6f on good ground. Thirteen two-year-olds take part: all colts bar a solitary filly. Four horses have race experience.
Richard Hannon has been in fantastic form this new season and his establishment with a number of significant owners can only add strength to depth. Al Shaqab Racing have proven a potent force with retained jockey Frankie Dettori. Alediad was sent off a hot favourite for his Newbury debut, won in style by leading Coventry Stakes Group 2 hopeful Adaay.
This January foal, a son of Acclamation, was purchased by Pier House Stud for 100,000euros as a foal. A good-looking colt, he is held in high regard by connections given Curragh race entries including: The GAIN Railway Stakes Group 2, Keeneland Phoenix Stakes Group 1 & National Stakes Group 1. It would be no surprise to hear connections have ambitions to attend Royal Ascot, which this race comes in timely fashion.
There was much to like about this youngster's debut performance. Dettori didn't press too many buttons and gave a considerate introduction. In truth a wide draw didn't help, with the pace of the race coming from those higher drawn. It wouldn't be a surprise to learn Alediad ran down the slower part of the track. Looking inexperienced, picking his ears at the two pole, he threatened to challenge but then eased in the final furlong when the winner had flown.
That initial experience will see a more professional race today, A high draw against the rail should see a bold show and this horse will be primed. I would expect this youngster to travel very well and it will take a fair sort to deny this colt. He could well improve over further as the dam enjoyed a trip.
There will be very little meat left on the bone as far as price is concerned.
A watching brief.