Wednesday 16 January 2019


NAADIRR has been knocking on the door at Listed level but his time can finally come in the Betfred Garrowby Stakes at York.

The three-year-old won one of his two juvenile starts prompting Marco Botti to pitch him into a richly-endowed sales heat at Newmarket on his return, where he was far from disgraced in finishing a three-length third.

That prompted connections to raise his sights to Listed company and he again turned in an excellent effort in finishing a narrow second off level weights to a rival rated a stone better than him.

Naadirr then went to York were he was just edged out under top weight in a competitive handicap before having to settle for fourth behind the likes of Sprint Cup runners Music Master and Es Que Love as he took on older horses for the first time in a Newbury Group Three.

His most recent effort was similarly laudable as he just fell short in a bunched finish at Newmarket, with July Cup second Tropics and former top juvenile Reckless Abandon only a matter of inches in front.

This son of Oasis Dream clearly has plenty of ability and with the conditions of the race allowing him a few pounds advantage over his rivals, it will be disappointing if Naadirr cannot make the most of the opportunity.

CAFFEINE is by far the least experienced runner in the Hanson Springs Stakes and looks full of potential judged on his debut win at Warwick.

William Muir's charge came in for plenty of support that day, although he was the stable's apparent second string, so had clearly been showing a fair bit at home ahead of notching his four-and-a-half-length victory.

While it was hardly an outstanding maiden, the form has a sound look about it and an initial mark of 85 looks workable at this stage.

SPRING OFFENSIVE looks the right kind of horse for the opening Judith Marshall Memorial Stakes. He was very green when third on his debut but clearly learnt plenty for the experience as he got his head in front at Redcar next time out.

Richard Fahey's charge clearly appreciated the step up from six furlongs to seven as he came with a late surge to run out a length and a half winner over Indelible Ink.Spring Offensive sticks at seven furlongs and looks the pick of Fahey's two contenders.

Halling's Wish should be primed for the PRN Nursing/Homecare Supporting Canine Partners Handicap Hurdle at Fontwell following a recent Flat win at Bath.

He is clearly nothing special on the level but made late progress to win by just over a length in a very average event last Saturday.

Previously a fair second over obstacles at Fontwell, the Gary Moore-trained Halling's Wish is useful enough and should enjoy the likely good ground.

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