Alan was out of joy yesterday, but he returns for a Friday double and looks at two Charlie Appleby horses that can hopefully make a profit…
“The selection’s half-brother is Marching Army who achieved a rating of 90. But he was a force around here winning two of his three starts.”
Strong family links points to a big run
A batch of decent-looking fillies’ maidens dominate the card at Kempton on Friday evening and they certainly have the potential to throw up something well-above average. It’s no surprise Charlie Appleby is well represented and his Makkari makes her debut in the 17:15.
I have long given up on being attracted to backing a newcomer with a Classic entry as they often mean little, especially from the top yards, but she holds an Irish 1,000 Guineas entry and faces those with experience that look beatable.
One of those is the William Haggas-trained Morgan Fairy, she’s had two starts but was turned over at a short price on her second run. I am hoping she’ll go off favourite.
Appleby scored with the well-bred Royal Symbol on Wednesday night and Makkari is another with an impeccable pedigree. Not surprising really with the endless supply the yard seem to have at their disposal.
She’s out of the 113-rated Sobetsu, who smashed her rivals on her second start at Newmarket by 10L and ran against Enable in the Oaks and finished placed in the Nassau. Her relatives are Group 1 winners Dee Majesty and Tower Of London, and she’s out of Dubawi – a sire who does particularly well at Kempton at 18%.
Makkari is one of the rare beasts out of Galileo, but I think 1m to 1m2f could be her best trip. Galileo has an 18% strike-rate at tonight’s venue – which is good, but it would be a lot higher if Aidan O’Brien didn’t have all the good ones!
Show’s name to be up in lights
The second division looks weaker as the favourite Attentive may have finished third at Wolverhampton last time, but it was quite a poor time figure and I am happy to take her on. John Gosden has a runner represented by the Godolphin blue too, but Loch Lundie was very weak in the betting last night.
Appleby’s Show Lights is likely to be the second favourite, although she looked badly in need of the experience on her debut and ran no sort of race at Yarmouth and finished almost last. The soft conditions were not helpful either.
However, the trainer has gone for the headgear immediately, and when Appleby goes for any accoutrement, it’s always worth noting.
The filly has been off for 59 days, but she’s got a pedigree tailor-made for the all-weather being out of Dubawi and a Shamardal dam. The sire has an 18% win ratio at Kempton, and all Shamardals go well, and he checks in at 19%.
The selection’s half-brother is Marching Army who achieved a rating of 90. But he was a force around here winning two of his three starts.
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