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Newbury preview: Carnarvon Stakes (14.35)

| 16.05.2015

Adaay shaped with bags of promise on his seasonal reappearance and looks the answer to a competitive renewal of the Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury (14.35).

The William Haggas trained colt had some very smart form to his name as a juvenile, winning on his debut over course and distance before following up in good style at Yarmouth.

Adaay was then far from disgraced when upped in class and finishing a 3 1/4 length eighth of 15 to The Wow Signal in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, and rounded off the campaign with a solid 5 3/4 length third to the very smart Limato at this track.

Things didn’t go right for Adaay in the latter, as he lost ground when stumbling as the stalls opened and was always playing catch-up.

Jockey Paul Hanagan looked after Adaay once it was clear he would not be winning, and the son of Kodiac finished much closer to Limato when third behind Henry Candy’s potential superstar on his return to action at Adcot last month.

Adaay looked in need of the run beforehand, and after showing plenty of pace to chase the leaders got outpaced two from home before keeping on again under tender handling to be beaten three lengths.

It was a a really solid comeback run, and Adaay looks sure to strip much fitter for the outing.

The form of the race also looks strong as the runner-up Tendu was a desperately unlucky loser at York earlier in the week and, with Ryan Moore in the saddle, a massive run looks on the cards.

Salt Island looked a very smart sprinter in the making when running out an impressive winner of what is a traditionally strong handicap at Newmarket on his reappearance, and is a major danger based on that success.

The Charlie Hills trained colt quickened clear at the furlong marker to score easing down by 3 1/4 lengths on just his third career start and looks the type who has plenty more to offer.

Sandown Friday

Another big player is the progressive Waady, who represents in-from trainer John Gosden.

The colt comes into the contest having won his last three starts, and was particularly impressive in the last of those at Sandown when running on strongly to score by 2 1/4 lengths in the manner of a horse on a serious upward curve.



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.