Markyg (Hamilton, KR Burke, 5-6f). Trainer hasn't produced
a debut winner in the late May to early June period when he normally starts
out a batch of better sprint 2yos. Perhaps he doesn't have them given his
other stats are on schedule. This one looks a solid prospect on price at
120,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Craven breeze up sales. A possible negative
would be the sire Fusaichi Pegasus who doesn't get many 6f wins despite
his own 'fast' pedigree and 6f win at 3yo (when he also won at 10f). The
dam has produced the useful 8f 2yo Kid Mambo to a more stout sire in Lemon
But, if the trainer does have some better ones this ought to be a value
price and has a stiff uphill finish to get back to the more nippy types
if he can keep up with them on the opening downhill section.
General Note - A good period for the P&L qualifiers in the last
few days with Henry Candy back in form on Monday with Dark Mischief (although
he probably beat a duff group with the only other real review positive
in Soul City too immature to run to his best) and Madame Trop Vite becoming
the first debut winner at Chester for ages yesterday. As discussed in that
preview she didn't have to be particularly good or knowing because it was
a thin race and the better drawn runners having poor or moderate profiles.
Good to see Reg Hollinshead get the 40/1 3rd in that race to confirm the
view his early runners can often compete well FTO.
A monumental piece of after timing on one hand but also worth noting that
the 'Winkworth Project' finally came to fruition at Lingfield over the
weekend with the 33/1 success of Foxtrot Alpha. This was assisted by the
usual strip of concrete up the stands' rail with three of the first 4 home
drawn 10, 11 & 12 in a 12 runner race and Foxtrot Alpha in 12. How
good must Mawjaat be to break into that group from stall 3? But Peter Winkworth
has now had 4 debut winners at 20/1 (twice), 40/1 and 33/1 in the last
4 seasons. The 'surprise' debut winners usually come from a small range
of 'usual' sources which often makes them less of a surprise.