2:55 Sandown (9th September) BREEDERS BACKING RACING EBF MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (2yo)

Michael Tabour, racing, City Limits,
An EBF Maiden Stakes over 1m 14y on good going. 

Eight two-year-olds take part: four with race experience. Amanda Perrett doesn't have many juveniles in her string but a knowledgeable trainer. Chaparrachik is an Irish-bred son of High Chapparal out of a poor mare named Chocolate Chaud. This February foal cost 170,000E at the yearling sales. He wasn't fancied in the betting on debut at Newmarket, where he finished last. Owners John Connolly & Odile Griffith done well last year with the very talented Zhui Feng and five-year-old Group winner Astronereus. Chapparachik either disappointed on that racecourse bow or was much in need of the run. Most horses show their ability second start and connections will be hoping for more today. 

This looks a tricky old race. You may be better advised to spin the slots for the benefit of the gaming prizes 

City Limits is worthy of note because I'm pretty certain more was expected from this son of Nathaniel. Michael Tabour is an owner of quality juveniles and paid 220,000G at the breeze-up sales. This chestnut colt held an entry for the Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) which adds to the interest of this horse. Being priced 8/1 on debut suggests that a bold show was on cards but inexperience on a turning course such as Kempton can be a tricky place to start a racing career. Jim Crowley is booked to ride and a first-time tongue tie shows Cumani is looking at all angles. It would be a sign of confidence if this horse was backed and if priced 13/2 & less SP has sound each-way claims.

Delannoy is trained by Eve Johnson-Houghton. This chestnut colt races in the familiar silks of The Picnic Partnership. A relatively cheap yearling purchase for just 8,000G. The stable have debut winners although they are usually the better juveniles. Best watched.

John Gosden has a few flying machines at home. Good Craic is one a number of two-year-olds in the ownership of Godolphin. He wasn't strongly fancied on debut when starting at odds of 10/1 where he weakened out of contention over 6f. That was a hot contest. This is a marked step up in the distance which could see a better performance. The betting is the best guide. If priced 13/2 & less SP I would expect a big run. If outside this guide I would take a watching brief. 

John Best has had something of a rollercoaster ride as a trainer. This strength used to be buying talented two-year-olds but these last few years have seen the number of juveniles in his string depleted. Too Many Shots didn't show much ability on debut but ran much better second start at big odds behind Dourado. In truth, I don't think that was the strongest of races and other are preferred. 

Richard Hannon has a bit of a hit and miss season in ways. It seems that a number of trainers have stolen his thunder. The Grape Escape is a son of Arakan and homebred in the ownership of owner/breeder, John Manley. The betting will be the best indicator. Not too surprising, the shorter the price the better effort for this stable. Unless seriously short odds, I would take a watching brief. 

George Margarson is another trainer who can send out classy debut winner [less these days] or poor losers. This son of Poet's Voice was sent to the sales but withdrawn. The positive is that Poet's Wish is owned by Abdulla Mansoori who has plenty of talented horses in his string, including Mark Johnston's two-year-old Kilmah. Unless seriously backed, best watched. 

Mark Johnston has been firing on all cylinders this season - start to finish. He is a supreme trainer. Mister Manduro is likely to be fancied in the betting and should be respected. 

Conclusion: A tricky race with little form you pin your flag. City Limits could be a live each-way chance, especially if priced 13/2 & less SP.   

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