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Friday 17 August 2018

Colonial power set to tell

GODOLPHIN look set for a good afternoon at Newbury as Colonial can spearhead a double for the team in the Dubai Duty Free Cup.

Trained in France last term by Andre Fabre, the four-year-old proved a pretty capable performer, winning twice in Listed company and performing with credit at Group Three level.

Transferred to Saeed bin Suroor over the winter, Colonial proved a bit of a disappointment in three starts at the Dubai Carnival and again he was lacklustre when last on his British bow at Doncaster in July.

The Cape Cross colt has raised his game a bit since then though and finally came good in conditions company at Warwick last time.

Stepping back up in company slightly after such a confidence-boosting success, Colonial must have solid claims.

Dubai Prince can make it two for the boys in blue as he makes his return to action in the Dubai Duty Free Conditions Stakes.

The Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained colt was considered one of the leading contenders for this year's Derby after winning both his starts for Dermot Weld last term, including the Group Three Killavullan Stakes.

However, a pelvic injury sustained in April saw him miss out on his Classic opportunity and he returns at a much lower level.

Obviously the fact he has been off the track for over 320 days hardly counts as a positive but he is a classy performer and there looks to be little of his calibre in the rest of the field.

Cavaleiro can negotiate the next step up the ladder in the Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes.

A son of Marcus Tregoning's Derby winner Sir Percy, Cavaleiro has taken a little while to get going but a recent victory at Chepstow was well-deserved.

Tregoning believes this colt has just taken some time to learn his trade, but now he has a win under his belt, Cavaleiro can become a smart performer.

The BAM Properties Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr barely looks befitting of its Listed status but nevertheless it is a good opportunity for Alejandro to land a notable verdict.

The Dark Angel colt was hardly disgraced when beaten less than five lengths in 11th in an ultra-competitive sales race at Doncaster last week. Richard Fahey would probably like to see the ground quicken up a bit before the off, but Alejandro still boasts an excellent chance.

Puy D’Arnac proved pretty game to win at Newcastle last time and can follow up in the Richard McLean Retirement Celebration Handicap.

Undulant Way can make the most of a step back up in trip in Lingfield's Decor Solutions Handicap while Birdwatcher can return from a lay-off with victory in Wolverhampton's Book Now For Christmas Handicap.

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