An EBF Maiden Stakes over 7f on good to firm going. Thirteen two-year-olds take part. I will just highlight a few here.
Richard Fahey knows how to train a two-year-old debutante and he may have a live wire here in the shape of Andok. This son of Elzaam cost £60,000 when purchased in April at the Doncaster breeze-up sales. I've heard a good word for this colt who has been catching the eye on the gallops and looks to have fair each-way claims.
Michael Dods has been a bit up and down with his juveniles this season but always worthy of respect with runners making their racecourse bow. King's Gift races in the familiar silks of Geoff & Sandra Turnball. This chestnut son of Casamento cost 55,000G at the yearling sales and worthy of note.
Mister Moosah is one of few juveniles trained by Micky Hammond. This Irish son of Clodovil was purchased at the breeze-up sales for £34,000 and ran with credit on debut at York. He slightly disappointed next start on soft going and may be capable of betting at big odds.
Simon Crisford has really made an impact with his juveniles this season, with a good number winning on debut, if not going well even in defeat. He is a trainer who definitely places a lot of emphasis on horses being fit and ready to go well on their racecourse bow. Poet's Charm is a son of Poet's Voice and costing 95,000G at the yearling sales. He runs in the Saif Ali colours. A horse I would expect to go well and one I have heard glowing reports.
Mark Johnston has been in tremendous form all season and Sofia's Rock is another who has a good reputation for this first start. This son of Rock Of Gibraltar and cost 100.000E at the yearling sales. His full brother, Prince Gibraltar, a dual Group one winner and class horse, was sold at four for 1,350,000E. This bay colt has recently been entered to run at Stakes class which adds to the confidence.
Conclusion: For a northern maiden this is a hot race with a few fair juveniles. I can imagine three or four trainers come here thinking it should be a straightforward affair but that looks far from the case. Sofia's Rock is exceptionally well bred and if starting favourite has to be respected because the Kingsley House stable have a very good measure of their juveniles. A recent Stakes entry does bring additional confidence. Simon Crisford has been in blistering form with his two-year-olds and I know the stable like Poet's Charm. Andok is well respected on the gallops and from a trainer who primes his juveniles to go well on their racecourse bow. A watching brief.