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Pedigree Pointers! Three Well-Bred Colts To Note Across the Thursday Cards

Roaring Lion's first progeny hits the track at York on Thursday.

There’s plenty of top Flat action scheduled across Britain on Thursday and delving into pedigrees of the runners in maiden/novice company three well-bred colts stand out. We identify these below and provide the pedigree pointers to why these young horses are so exciting, and why you should note them running. Check this out below, along with Sky Bet‘s new customer offer of £30 In Free Bets, when you place any bet.


AL DASIMHarry Angel x Dance Hall Girl (Dansili) – (1.30 Salisbury)

Clive Cox is well known for excelling with his sprinters, with Harry Angel, in particular, producing many memorable performances in the top sprint races. Now a sire, the first crop of Harry Angel has hit the track in 2022 and one of the progeny runs for Clive Cox on Thursday in the form of AL DASIM.

A £50,000 yearling, Al Dasim is a half-brother to the 2015 Dewhurst fourth Tashweeq as well as four fellow juvenile winners, so he is certainly bred to make his mark at 2.

Al Dasim was sent off the 15/8F for a Leicester maiden on debut last month, yet he probably did a little too much in front that day and ultimately set the race up for more patiently ridden rivals. In any case, that racecourse experience is expected to prove of great benefit to Al Dasim and he is back in action on Thursday afternoon in Salisbury’s 5f Byerley Stud Novice Stakes.


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THUNDER CATRoaring Lion x Rich Legacy (Holy Roman Emperor) – (4.45 York)

It’s likely to be an emotional day for all involved with Qatar Racing on Thursday afternoon as THUNDER CAT, a colt by the owner’s exception four-time Group 1 winner Roaring Lion, becomes the first of the sire’s progeny to hit the track.

Roaring Lion built up a real affinity with York in his racing career, bursting onto the scene with victory in the Dante Stakes at this Festival in 2018 before landing the Juddmonte International over the same course and distance a couple of months later.

It’s somewhat fitting, therefore, that the first of Roaring Lion’s unfortunately limited progeny – Thunder Cat – heads to the Knavesmire for racecourse debut, with the colt also berthed in the Andrew Balding stable that housed Roaring Lion during his career.

Thunder Cat is the second foal out of Qatar Racing’s own Group 2 winning miler Rich Legacy, and he holds a host of entries in some valuable sales races later this season, as well as a 2023 Derby entry.


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SPECIAL ENVOY Frankel x Marlinka (Marju) – (7.10 Newmarket)

John & Thady Gosden unleash a potentially exciting colt at Newmarket on Thursday evening in the form of 3yo SPECIAL ENVOY.

This son of Frankel is the seventh foal out of the Elite Racing Club mare Marlinka, a French Listed winner on the track but better known as the dam of the likes of Marsha (2017 Nunthorpe winner) and Judicial (dual Group 3 winner).

It’s perhaps no real surprise, therefore, that connections went to £850,000 to privately purchase this colt as a yearling, and he makes his racecourse debut in Newmarket’s 1m2f Racing Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week British EBF Maiden Stakes on Thursday.

The market should provide a good guide on what to expect here, with Roger Varian’s Aimeric expected to be popular with the punters on the back of an eye-catching Nottingham debut, but Benoit De La Sayette is down to claim a handy 7lb from Special Envoy, which would result in him receiving weight all round here.


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