Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (2YO only)
Winner £45,368 – 10 run
Advice: 1 pt win Jamaica (11/4 general)
Basateen: Shaped well in soft ground maiden behind more forward stablemate and much better at Doncaster when posting one of the most impressive wins of the season after he took apart his field; Fourth has won since but even if there are doubts over the form, should be well upto posting a big effort here.
Chadic: Couldn’t land a blow when sixth of eight in Vintage Stakes and if anything, this looks tougher.
Danny O’Ruaic: Fifth behind Chadic last time and looks one for nurseries.
Dominada: Another who looks more like a nursery type following two decent efforts in maidens; Should be upto winning a small event but others make more appeal.
Dutch Connection: Improved a great deal through his three runs and enjoyed the step upto this trip for the first time when he got off the mark in fine style at Goodwood latest; That form has taken some knocks already however and this demands far more of him.
Growl: Fine debut at Ascot in newcomers maiden when he got well on top at the finish for yard whose newcomers improve greatly and who won this in 2007 and 2010; Should be greatly improved this time and step up in trip will help this likely contender.
Jamaica: Very promising debut in a maiden that his yard has used to great effect (Roderic O’Connor, Rip Van Winkle, Duke of Marmalade and Horatio Nelson all debuted in recent years) and more fancied stablemate since gone onto win Tyros Stakes; Longer that he went, the better than he looked at Galway, and very promising type can go close here.
Prince Gagarin: Shaped well in Newbury maiden won by the Chesham fourth Nafqa, best of the newcomers that day, and beat two previous winners in next time out event; Form has taken some knocks since but still greatly respected.
Salateen: Landed maiden at the third time of asking at Chester, his third try from the front, but this is much more difficult than any of those three tasks and needs more.
Toocoolforschool: Dwelt at the start on debut but no chance of that happening again when he led all the way to win at Ripon: This a completely different task however and others make far more appeal.
VERDICT: A cracking renewal with seven last time out winners and many likely improvers, the most appealing of which is JAMAICA, who strode out impressively at Galway after making his debut in a strong looking maiden at the Curragh. Basateen, a wide margin winner at Doncaster last time, and Growl, who shaped so promisingly at Ascot on his debut, both make appeal while Prince Gargain can also be in the shakeup.