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Yarmouth Preview: Adaay can enhance Royal Ascot claims

| 03.06.2014

Royal Ascot hopefuls Adaay and Mind Of Madness go head-to-head in a cracking opener to this evening’s card at Yarmouth (5.25), and the former is taken to come out on top.

The William Haggas trained colt looked a smart prospect when overcoming inexperience to make a winning debut in a 16-runner contest over 6f at Newbury last month.

After racing in touch in mid-divsiion, Adaay picked up in good style approaching the final furlong and ran on strongly under a hands and heels ride to score readily by 3/4 of a length.

The son of Kodiac was well on top at the finish, and the manner of the victory suggested that Adday was a big player for the Coventry Stakes at the Royal meeting later in the month.

This race will certainly tell us if he has what is required for that contest, as Adaay faces another highly promising juvenile in Mind Of Madness who is also Coventry bound following an impressive debut win over 5f at Newmarket.

The son of Azamour accounted for a couple of previous winners when showing a good turn of foot to score by 4 1/2 lengths at headquarters, but looks all speed and I am not convinced that the step up to 6f in this will play to his strengths.

In the 1m handicap (6.55), Genius Boy looks potentially ahead of his mark and the one to beat now partnered by Kieren Fallon for the first time.

Trained by James Tate, the colt made a winning debut on the all-weather at Wolverhampton back in March and has shaped well in three subsequent runs in handicaps.

The son of New Approach particularly caught the eye last time out over 1m 2f at Beverley when finishing third to Maybe Me, when travelling strongly at the head of affairs until being unable to quicken when headed inside the last.

It was an effort which suggested Genius Boy was capable of better, and the drop back to a mile looks sure to suit.

Jockey Ryan Moore has a 40% strike-rate when partnering Hughie Morrison trained three-year-olds in recent seasons, and the duo team up with Baltic Brave in the 7f handicap that closes the card (8.30).

The three-year-old has finished runner up in his last two starts, and looked desperately unlucky in the last of those when having to be dropped in from a wide draw before coming with a late rattle and failing by just a neck to overhaul Syrian Pearl at Lingfield.

Baltic Brave gets into this off the same mark of 70, and granted better lock in-running looks a worthy favourite to go one better.

5.35: Adaay (NAP)
5.55: Highlife Dancer
6.25: Frontline Phantom
6.55: Genius Boy (NB)
7.30: Zilber
8.00: Stoneham
8.30: Baltic Brave

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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.