Princess to bloom at Yarmouth
Leg 1: Back Princess Nadia @ 9/2 in the 15:50 at Yarmouth
Rolling the John Gosden dice worked the oracle yesterday as Damaar and Mostahdaf landed us a nice 10.09/1 double, and both horses are earmarked for better things down the line. We've had had plenty of near-misses in recent weeks, so it was long overdue.
I am not deviating from the master of Clarehaven on Thursday, and his Princess Nadia looks a good price at 5/1 to include in the multiple today as she could be progressive from her mark of 81.
She met Newmarket specialist Brunnera last time at HQ in a messy race - it wasn't going to be any other way with just three runners. Princess Nadia made the running but looked a little green under pressure as the race developed into a sprint. She's a daughter of Sea The Stars, so that wouldn't have been ideal, but today's increased yardage to 1m4f will be. The 3yo also ran the quickest sectional in that contest at 10.66. Not bad for a stayer.
Her Newbury win was quite comfortable in July where she set the pace again, and the form of her Haydock novice second behind Mandoob looks worth upgrading as the winner has subsequently performed well in Pattern company behind the smart Yibir.
Most Sea The Stars offspring are fluent movers, so the drying ground is another bonus. And she could well be named after a new flower created - Ajuga Princess Nadia. Thanks to the informative Mr Plantgeek for that one.
Titian has another chance to excel
Leg 2: Back Titian @ 7/2 in the 16:25 at Yarmouth
I don't have to consult anyone regarding Renaissance artist Titian, as about the only thing I learned at the world famous Chelsea Art College was that he was the painter who discovered the colour blue - or Lapis Lazuli. Godolphin missed a trick, especially as he has been withdrawn from two sales.
Trained by William Haggas, Titian was very impressive winning as a youngster last term at Newcastle, a race where he hit the line hard at the end against a bit of a dawdle early on. Following on from that victory, he then went on to finish third at Doncaster that wasn't run to suit. A slow time and a poor position out the back all pointed to an unlucky effort.
He wasn't seen at all this season prior to his Beverley reappearance 19 days ago, but it was good to see him back over a more suitable trip of 1m2f, as he looks more of a staying type than a miler. This is also backed up by his useful pedigree, so it was a meritorious effort to get close to the very smart Barn Owl. That looks strong form and last year's renewal was won by the Haggas yard's Ilaraab.
With that first run under his belt, he should improve and it could be worth taking on the favourite Mango Boy who finished second at Ripon in a maiden, but a slow time was produced so there could be a note of caution.
Daily Multi-Sports Double
Leg 1: Back Prince Alex - 15:15 Yarmouth @ 6/4
Timeform says: "A useful handicap where Prince Alex is taken to remain unbeaten for Michael Bell having displayed a good attitude at Goodwood last time. He was prolific last year, completing a five-timer on his final start, and was seemingly invigorated by a change of scenery to record his most notable win to date last time. Prince Alex is now up to a career-high mark but could have more to offer for his new yard and is taken to come out on top again."
Leg 2: Back Draw in Rennes v Tottenham @ (KO: 17:45) @ 21/10
James Eastham says: "Tottenham have generally better form this season, but Rennes' 2021 home record should not be ignored, with the hosts having shown over a long period of time that they can be difficult to beat when they play in front of their own fans."