Samminder shaped with bags of promise on his seasonal reappearance and is of major interest at 6/1 in the 4.20 at Newbury.
Peter Chapple-Hyam’s charge has always been held in high regard and got no luck in running whatsoever when 8th of 10 to Gusto at Kempton 16 days ago.
Held up in mid-division after breaking well, he travelled strongly throughout but found himself trapped behind a wall of horses when attempting to make a move a furlong from home.
He got repeatedly blocked every time he went for a gap and his jockey had to sit and suffer with tons of horse under him.
In the end he finished full of running on the bridle, and although beaten just over four lengths there is little doubt in my mind that he would have won granted a clear passage.
It was a performance which suggested that he had progressed well since his juvenile days and was one to keep firmly on the right side of.
The son of Red Ransom was much touted before making his two-year-old debut at Yarmouth and lived up to his reputation with an easy 2 3/4 length success.
He travelled really smoothly and showed a good turn of foot to account for his rivals, and was then far from disgraced on his next start when chasing home the classy Mezmaar at Leicester.
The selection made the 2/5 jolly pull out all the stops before going down by just 1/2 a length, and it was a really solid effort considering that the winner had previously been sent off second favourite when finishing 10th of 23 to Power in the Coventry at Royal Ascot.
Connections then decided to pitch Samminder in the Group 1 Middle Park at Newmarket, and he found the company too hot and finished just 12th of 16 to Crusade.
This race looks an ideal opening for him to open hie three-year-old account, and I expect him to take it before going on to better things.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts win Samminder (6/1 Boylesports, Paddy Power – BOG)