It's taken a little longer than we would've hoped to land our first two-year-old winner of the season, but the performance of the New Bay colt Bayside Boy in the seven-furlong Novice at Newbury yesterday was some way to get the ball rolling.
Making his debut in a contest dominated from a betting point of view by the Frankel colt Find, Bayside Boy put in a very likeable effort to come home 3 1/4 lengths clear of the form horse under just a hands and heels ride. Having just dwelt slightly at the start he was soon travelling into the race nicely and was given a lovely education by Jack Mitchell as he was guided between horses to make his challenge a couple of furlongs from home. Just as it looked like Find had been produced to win his race it became apparent that Bayside Boy had plenty left in reserve in behind, and the manner in which he just had to be pushed out to go clear marked him down as a potential pattern class performer in the near future.
A 200,000gns Book 2 yearling purchased by Richard Ryan on behalf of owners Teme Valley, Bayside Boy is a 1/2 brother to multiple Group winner from 9-10f Forest Ranger and should only improve with time and experience.
It was also an excellent day across the board for King Power Racing, as two horses from Carlburg helped contribute to their treble over the afternoon. The Kingman colt Nine Tales had shown plenty of ability on debut at Kempton back in November last year and delivered on that promise in the seven furlong Maiden up at Haydock, looking raw in the process. It looks like he may be the type to really appreciate an end-to-end gallop in a bigger field going forwards, but it is quite clear he possesses plenty of natural talent. It was an excellent bit of riding from Silvestre de Sousa to get him home in front. Both Carlburg and King Power trebles were brought up in the extended mile handicap at Nottingham as Greatgadian made light work of an interesting field off an official mark of 89. Steered home by Andrea Atzeni, he too looked like he would progress further with more racing and appeared to win with a bit left in the tank, the more conventional track and quicker ground suiting him better than Epsom on Derby weekend and the Sandown mud.
There was also a long trip up to Scotland for the King Edward VII third Title, the Highclere-owned colt filling second place in the Listed Glasgow Stakes over 11 furlongs. The small field scenario wasn't really to his liking as he would ideally be covered up longer than jockey Cameron Noble had the chance to do on this occasion.