York preview: Westow Stakes (16.20)
Tendu looked a sprinter to keep onside when runner-up on seasonal reappearance and can take advantage of a drop in class to go one better in the Westow Stakes at York (16.20).
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt is a highly promising individual who came good at the second time of asking as a juvenile when scoring by five lengths at Kempton in a good time.
Tendu went on to finish a highly creditable fifth to Tiggy Wiggy in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes over 6f at Newmarket, weakening late on having pressed the winner to the two furlong marker, and posted a career-best effort at Ascot 15 days ago when chasing home Limato in a Group 3 contest.
After being steadied in the rear, the son of Oasis Dream made good headway two from home and kept on really well to go down by 1 1/2 lengths.
The winner is a very useful sort destined for top sprint honours this season, and Tendu lost nothing in defeat.
It was an effort which suggested the three-year-old would soon be back in the winners’ enclosure, and this looks a lovely opportunity for Tendu to do just that now eased into Listed company.
Blue Aegean has already raced five times this year, winning twice, and looks the main danger on form.
The filly, who is trained by Charlie Appleby, is a really speedy sort who took her form to a new level when making all to land a handicap at Lingfield by 2 1/4 lengths on her penultimate start.
Blue Aegean backed that up with a solid second in a conditions’ contest at the same venue when running without the usual hood, and may well do better now refitted with the headgear.
Another which should be underestimated is Zuhoor Baynoona who represents in-form trainer Richard Fahey.
The filly has only has five starts, and scored with far more in hand than the one length winning margin suggests when readily landing a Listed contest at Bath last month.
That was a big step up on previous efforts, and there may be even better to come from daughter of Elnadim given connections.