Sunday, 1 May 2011

4:25 Newmarket (1st May) - Result

A 5f maiden with prize money of  £7,447 to the winner - a field of colts & one gelding.

Temple Meads won this race last year, going on to win the Mill Reef (Group2) at Newbury.

This field comprises of a number of topflight trainers & owners.

Tell Dad travelled with consummate ease on debut. For all the world he looked the winner. Hughes must have been surprised he lost. Clearly, connections had no intention of giving this son of Intikhab a hard race. By all accounts that was a useful effort at stakes level. With fitness, experience and a positive attitude Tell Dad has fair win claims.

Paul Cole has been in great form with his two-year-olds and Commissar was heavily backed to win on debut. This bay colt by Soviet Star has plenty of size and scope. He broke well from a wide draw but seemed for much of the race to run in snatches if not slightly outpaced. To finish third was a respectable effort, especially considering his stop-start manner. What is telling is that connections were disappointed by his run. Paul Cole stated that the penny didn't drop and that he would put in a much improved effort on his next start. Considering Cole has done well with his juveniles so far it gives the impression Commissar has shown ability on the gallops and capable of better.

Jeremy Noseda and Sir Robert Ogden are always within touching distance of a classy two-year-old. Sander Camillio & Garde Cortiere are just a couple to note. Rio Grande an 180,000euro purchase should be respected and if priced 13/2 & less has fair place claims.

Chunky Diamond ran in the same race as Commissar on debut and looks a speedy type. He certainly travelled much better than Cole's juvenile but weakened in the final furlong and was eased making him look a couple of lengths worse. Generally, Chapple-Hyam's two-year-olds are fit for their debut so it is debatable whether there will be a marked improvement. However, it wouldn't be a surprise to see this colt by Diamond Green show a little more.

Of the outsiders Liebesziel ran with promise on debut,especially after starting slowly finding himself a number of lengths adrift.

HCE: ''A commanding performance from Commissar who lived up to Cole's expectations.''