The Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes (15:35) - the highlight on the opening day of the Cambridgeshire meeting - has attracted its biggest field this century and a total of 14 juveniles are set to head to post in the seven-furlong affair.
Timeform's weight-adjusted ratings are headed by Alyanaabi (111p) who made a pleasing start to his career when landing a six-furlong novice at Salisbury in June, quickening up well once getting the hang of things to score by a length and a quarter.
Alyanaabi was unable to maintain his unbeaten record when upped to listel level at Ascot last time but he showed much-improved form to finish fourth there, looking well served by the step up in distance. That form has been well advertised since and is just about the pick on offer here, so Alyanaabi, who is out of a half-sister to the very smart pair Mawatheeq and Ghanaati, remains with the potential to do better after only a couple of starts.
Military was heavily backed on his debut at Naas a couple of weeks ago - he was sent off at 2/7 - and he justified that support with an authoritative success, readily drawing clear to score by two and three-quarter lengths. That performance earned Military, a 375,000 guineas purchase, the Horse In Focus Flag, while he also has the Timeform Large P to denote that he is open to significant improvement.
There are five other juveniles arriving here having won their only start, including Eben Shaddad (104p) who overcame inexperience to land a six-furlong novice on the July Course in a decent time last month. Eben Shaddad hung left after hitting the front but he was still able to draw clear inside the final 100 yards, scoring by three and three-quarter lengths. He's entitled to improve for that experience, plus the extra furlong, and is an interesting contender for the Gosdens who also have the Hot Trainer Flag.
Legend of Time (101p) represents the Charlie Appleby and William Buick combination who landed this with La Barrosa in 2020 and Modern Games in 2021. Legend of Time picked up strongly off a steady pace in a mile novice at Haydock to edge ahead close home, looking like a useful prospect for his leading connections (Charlie Appleby has the Hot Trainer Flag, incidentally). This will pose a much stiffer examination of his credentials but he is clearly a promising colt.
Son of Man (98p) is another who created a good impression when winning on debut, earning the Sectional Timing Flag for his strong finish in a six-furlong novice at Yarmouth last week. The way he picked up once getting organised was impressive and he should be suited by this step up to seven furlongs, so is worth a shot at this much tougher level.
Two who feature towards the top of Timeform's weight-adjusted ratings, though aren't so lightly raced as their rivals, are Inishfallen (110) and Zabriskie Point (106). Inishfallen was only narrowly denied in the Solario Stakes at Sandown last time and even though he had the run of the race he can't be taken lightly here, while Zabriskie Point was a good fourth in a strong six-furlong nursery at York last month and seemed to benefit from the step up in trip when landing a good-quality novice at Thirsk on his first attempt at seven furlongs.
Timeform's weight-adjusted ratings:
This looks wide open but Military looked a good prospect when making a winning debut at Naas 2 weeks ago and is open to considerable progress for a yard that has plenty of fire power in this division. Eben Shaddad is another well-regarded colt from a top stable so may emerge as the biggest threat ahead of Alyanaabi, who shaped well in a hot listed race at Ascot.
Timeform's analyst verdict:
106 Zabriskie Point
105 Soldier's Gold
104p Eben Shaddad
102 Who Said Go
101p Legend of Time
100+ Victory Shout
100 World of Darcy
98p Son of Man
97 Boiling Point
93p Cross The Tracks
88p Change For Good
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