Thesis (Timeform rating 77P) – Sandown, Thursday 22 July
This seven-furlong maiden has a history of being contested by subsequent pattern performers with future 2000 Guineas winner Kameko successful in 2019 and last year’s renewal being fought out by Etonian and One Ruler who both went on to win at that level at two. Probably the best prospect in this year’s race was the Roger Charlton-trained Thesis who shaped with plenty of encouragement in third. Travelling well in a forward position, he took over in front from the odds-on favourite Dukedom under two furlongs before running green when shaken up and then proved one-paced when headed inside the final furlong. The more experienced Zechariah ran out the winner by three and a half lengths, while Thesis ended up beaten a neck for the runner-up spot by fellow newcomer Bullet Force. That was a really promising debut from Thesis, a Kingman half-brother to his stable’s Fillies’ Mile winner Quadrilateral and a full brother to the useful Boardman who ran up a hat-trick in seven-furlong handicaps earlier this year.
Loquace (72p) – Ascot, Friday 23 July
The Richard Hannon-trained Loquace was having her second start in this fillies’ novice over seven furlongs just a week after making her debut in a maiden at Newbury over a furlong shorter. She’d looked badly in need of the experience at Newbury but had clearly learned plenty from that initial experience as she shaped much better at Ascot. In fact, she ran an eye-catching race under fairly tender handling to finish two lengths second to the newcomer Destiny Queen who was sent off the outsider of the six runners. Patiently ridden after stumbling at the start, Loquace travelled fluently before making headway in the final furlong to take the runner-up spot without Andrea Atzeni giving her too hard a race. A granddaughter of the French-trained Cheveley Park winner Pas de Reponse, Loquace is open to further improvement and well up to winning a similar event.
Mise Le Meas (88p) – Gowran, Saturday 24 July
Johnny Murtagh looks to have a potentially useful two-year-old filly on his hands after Mise Le Meas got off the mark in a fillies’ maiden at Gowran at the second attempt. Most of the 14 fillies were making their debuts but it was a pair with experience who pulled clear of the rest with Mise Le Meas getting the better of Duvet Day by a length and three quarters with a gap of three lengths to the third. After chasing the leaders and travelling well, Ben Coen sent Mise Le Meas on entering the straight before she showed a good turn of foot to quicken clear over a furlong out. Mise Le Meas had made an encouraging start to her career in a similar event at the Curragh a month earlier when a keeping-on third behind Discoveries and Tuesday who are both sisters to classic winners. Open to further improvement, Mise Le Meas is a half-sister to the Lowther and Falmouth winner Nahoodh and holds an entry in next month’s Group 2 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh.