Dubai Warrior primed to kill off the opposition
Dubai Warrior can successfully take the next step in his education and stretch his 100 per cent record to three in the Irish Lotto At totesport.com Handicap at Chelmsford.
This three-year-old is a full-brother to Group Three winner Mootasadir and has done nothing wrong in both his starts to date.
A late developer, the John Gosden-trained colt won his only race as a juvenile on this course in November and landed the odds in emphatic style at Kempton on his return last month.
A rating of 98 sounds quite high as he tackles handicap company for the first time, but it may not be long before he goes on to better things.
He holds early-closing entries in two Group Ones - the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. That sounds quite ambitious at this stage, but shows how highly his connection regard him.
Furious has a fine record at the Essex course with two wins and a second f rom three visits and David Simcock's filly can strike again in the Totepool Cashback Club At totesport.com Handicap.
Her latest victory came just three weeks ago, when she won despite a lot going wrong over this trip of five furlongs. She was still able to strike despite being slowly away and squeezed for room at a crucial stage.
Hopefully she will have a less troubled passage this time in her bid to back that up.
Maktabba was thoroughly disappointing on her handicap debut but should be given another chance at Bath.
She looked reasonably treated on a starting mark of 74 at Leicester last month but beat only one runner home and has subsequently been dropped a couple of pounds by the handicapper.
She had previously shaped well in winning her maiden and quicker ground in the Doubletree By Hilton EBF Fillies' Handicap looks likely to help her chances.
Amorously looks set to double up from her Chepstow success in the Bristol Water Fillies' Handicap.
This trip of a mile suited the daughter of Australia down to the ground when she took it up over a furlong out and stuck on well to hold Madeleine Bond by three-quarters of a length.
Pioneering made a lucrative journey to Scotland when scoring at Musselburgh four weeks ago and can repeat the trick in the 'Join The Lanarkshire Chamber' Handicap at Hamilton.
Trained in West Yorkshire by Roger Fell, the five-year-old Shamardal gelding was not inconvenienced by soft ground that day and with plenty of cut likely again, Pioneering should be in his element.
BATH: 2.00 Lorna Cole, 2.30 Laikaparty, 3.00 Taurean Dancer, 3.30 Maktabba, 4.00 Khaan, 4.30 Amorously, 5.00 It Must Be Faith.
CHELMSFORD: 5.45 Wailea Nights, 6.15 Furious, 6.45 Fair Power, 7.15 DUBAI WARRIOR (NAP), 7.45 Nazeef, 8.15 Zeyzoun, 8.45 Barca.
GOWRAN: 2.05 Timemakesitfine, 2.35 Luminent, 3.05 Kody Ridge, 3.35 Fiscal Rules, 4.05 Rita Levi, 4.35 Bashiyr, 5.05 Aztec Eagle, 5.35 Thosedaysaregone.
HAMILTON: 4.25 Sienna Dream, 4.55 Amarillo Star, 5.30 Retirement Beckons, 6.00 Pioneering, 6.30 National League, 7.00 Lady Of Aran, 7.30 Roman Stone.
SOUTHWELL: 1.40 Silver Man, 2.10 Red Inca, 2.40 Glendun, 3.10 Double Court, 3.40 Moidore, 4.10 Smart Getaway, 4.40 Golden Coin.
UTTOXETER: 1.50 Stonemadforspeed, 2.20 Your Band, 2.50 Miss Tynte, 3.20 Western Miller, 3.50 Dariya, 4.20 Gold Mountain.
DOUBLE: Dubai Warrior and Furious.