Newmarket Nights to be lit up by Arabian Queen's half-brother
The half-brother to Arabian Queen and an expensive breeze-up purchase are among the declarations for an intriguing 7f maiden at Newmarket on Friday evening.
The corresponding race was won by the smart Vintager last year and by Emotionless in 2015, and this year’s edition, due off at 6.35, has attracted ten entries, including three from John Gosden and two for King Power Racing.
Gosden’s trio includes homebred Albert Finney, fittingly a son of Kingman and the fourth foal out of his 2011 Lancashire Oaks heroine Gertrude Bell, in turn a daughter of Rachel Hood’s accomplished mare Sugar Mil.
Albert Finney, who holds an entry in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, is joined in the Gosden battalion by Damon Runyon and Qatar Racing’s Kick On, both sons of Charm Spirit.
Lancashire Oaks form also plays a role in the background of arguably the most interesting entry on paper, Jeff Smith’s Arabian King. As his name suggests, the New Approach colt is a half-brother to Arabian Queen, who famously claimed the scalp of Golden Horn in the Juddmonte International, and out of two-time Lancashire Oaks winner Barshiba, that popular one-eyed campaigner who was successful in the 2009 and 2010 renewals. As with most of the family, Arabian King is trained by David Elsworth.
King Power Racing is represented by the Reliable Man colt Buriam, bought for €65,000 as a yearling, and the rather more expensive Bye Bye Hong Kong, who commanded 575,000gns at this year’s Tattersalls Craven Sale. A son of Darley America’s Street Sense, the colt is the first out of a Tiznow half-sister to Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes winner Nonna Mela.
The 6f fillies novice was won last year by Gavota and 11 fillies go to post for this year’s renewal, led by George Strawbridge’s homebred Oasis Dream filly Firelight, a recent winner at Kempton who is a member of the powerful Cassandra Go family.
Six of the field are making their debuts, including Mohamed Obaida’s homebred King’s Girl, a Kingman daughter of Listed winner Damaniyat Girl, in turn a daughter of Obaid’s 1988 1,000 Guineas runner-up Dabaweyaa.
Another debutante, Cheveley Park Stud homebred Ice Gala, is an Invincible Spirit half-sister to Listed winner Queen Of Ice and out of Listed winner Ice Palace, herself closely related to the stud’s Group 1 performer Spacious.
On what has the potential to be an informative evening, another expensive breezer, Kadar, lines up at Haydock for Phoenix Thoroughbreds and Karl Burke in the colts novice (6.15). Kadar, who is out of a half-sister to Kalanisi, was bought for €700,000 at Arqana in May and is one of three by Scat Daddy in the field alongside Beatboxer, who created a good impression for John Gosden when winning his debut at Sandown last month, and Richard Fahey’s Seven For A Pound, who cost £95,000 at Goffs UK’s Doncaster Breeze-Up in April.
Meanwhile over at Brighton, Desert Lantern is fancied to get off the mark at the third time of asking for Mark Johnston in the fillies’ novice (2.30). The daughter of More Than Ready, the first foal out of Godolphin’s Group 3 International Istanbul Trophy winner Shuruq and therefore a member of the High Spirited clan, was unable to build on the promise of her debut second at Goodwood last time but looks to have been found a good opportunity in a lesser race here.
Her four rivals include No More Regrets, who bids for a first success in the King Power silks since her £130,000 sale at Goffs London in June. The daughter of Kodiac has run four times since then.
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