Though he has been off the track for 83 days and he appeared to get the run of the race at Newbury last time Al Kazeem (8:00) remains an exciting prospect and is taken to return on a winning note in the 10-furlong conditions event at Newmarket this evening.
Roger Charlton’s colt beat a high-class field in the London Gold Cup last time, with Labarinto (2nd), Fulgur (3rd) and Dominant (5th) all winning valuable contests since, while the fourth home won last week and even last placed Norse Blues won a handicap next time.
Entered in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur at York’s Ebor meeting, this looks the ideal stepping-stone to pattern company for the son of Dubawi.
Over in Ireland Furner’s Green (7:20) is fancied to land the Listed Coolmore Hurricane Run Stakes at Tipperary for Aidan and Joseph O’Brien.
The Dylan Thomas colt made a winning debut over course-and-distance a month ago and looked a juvenile worth following, quickening up impressively to beat stable-mate Battle Of Saratoga, who re-opposes tonight.
The selection holds entries in just about all the major two-year-old contests, including the Champagne Stakes, the Royal Lodge and the Dewhurst at Newmarket, and he is another who can book his ticket into Group company by scoring this evening.