We ran our first two juveniles at Thirsk a week ago when Fiftyshadesaresdev and Merlin's Gold ran in division 1 and division 2 of the seven furlongs novices stakes.
Fiftyshadesaresdev completely missed the break, but to his credit he made up the lost ground, and at the line was only eight and a quarter lengths off the winner, he looks a nice prospect.
Merlin's Gold was always going to need a lot of time, and we won't see anywhere near the best of him until he is a three year old next season. He too missed the break, eventually beating just one home, but the experience will not be lost on him.
Our next two year old to see a racecourse could well be Izz Whizz who has her first entry at Catterick next Wednesday afternoon.
IZZ WHIZZ 19 March 2019 Gutaifan-Shimmy Shoes Owner-M Andrews.
Izz Whizz is bred for speed, being a daughter of Gutaifan, the winner of the 'Flying Childers' at Doncaster as a two year old, in his only season to race. Her dam only raced on three occasions, all as a two year old. probably running her best race on her final start on the all weather at Lingfield when being beaten by eight and three quarter lengths. The dam also has a sprint pedigree, and Izz Whizz is her first produce.
Fiftyshadesaresdev 25 February 2019. Johnny Barnes-Tina Nova Owner-Resdev.
You probably won't be surprised to find out that Fifthyshadesaresdev is a grey.He is by the first season sire Johnny Barnes, who is a son of Acclamation, who raced on 21 occasions for the John Gosden yard, recording a best BHA rating of 108, winning four times, including a handicap success at Goodwood in 2017 from a mark of 101, he was also placed second over a mile in Group 1 company at Saint-Cloud as a two year old. Fiftyshadesaresdev's dam is an unraced daughter of Tin Horse, who was the French 2000 Guineas winner of 2011, and Fiftyshadesaresdev is her first produce to race.
MERLIN'S GOLD. 8 January 2019 Mastercraftsman-Strumming. Owner S Nicols.
Merlin's Gold is a son of the recently deceased Mastercraftsman the champion two year old of 2008, who went on to win the Irish Guineas, he recorded a best BHA rating of 127 when finishing runner up to Sea The Stars in the 2009 Juddmonte International Stakes at York, and since going to stud has become a proven source of high quality performers. Merlin's Gold's dam is the unraced Strumming, who is a daughter of Camelot, he is her first offspring.
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