I wouldn’t like to hazard a guess as to how many Group winners have emanated from Thirsk maidens but the lasting impression from many who witnessed Koropick’s debut at the North Yorkshire course last month was that this indeed was a pattern race winner in the making.
Hugo Palmer has been on the fan mail list since he commenced his training career in 2011 and his exploits with the likes of Galileo Gold and Covert Love have soon made him a household name. His 'no nonsense' attitude and the way he gets on with his two-year-olds is an example to all and there plenty of optimism behind the chances of Koropick in that six-furlong maiden. As it was it turned out it was as much a one-sided contest as his backers could have hoped for as the Kodiac colt sauntered into the lead over a furlong out and quickened clear for a four and a half length success.
Of course, he will face much sterner opposition in the Group 3 totequadpot Sirenia Stakes at Kempton (3.15) this afternoon but his work on Newmarket’s gallops since has been exceptional and for good measure the Thirsk third Dakota Gold has franked the form when winning a Hamilton maiden. Palmer knows his geese from his swans and his decision to thrust the once-raced Koropick in this company is a tip in itself. Championship chasing jockey Jim Crowley takes the ride this time and the selection looks worth a four point interest.
At Thirsk, Prazeres will hopefully give an early advertisement to the chances of Koropick with victory in the Longines Irish Weekend EBF Maiden Stakes (2.20). The contest doesn’t look a foregone conclusion with Trooper’s Gold and Portledge in opposition but there doesn’t appear to be a Koropick lurking in opposition this time and the step up to seven furlongs should be to the advantage of the William Haggas-trained colt. He looks worth a 1pt investment.
At Ascot, the recently returned-to-action Ryan Moore could well excel on Stargazer in the Appletiser Stakes Heritage Handicap (3.10). The Michael Tabor-owned colt got off the mark on his return in a mile-and-a-quarter handicap at Sandown in April off a mark of 87 when beating Lovell half a length and ran a blinder on his first outing for over three months when beaten two heads into third by You’re Hired and Ode To Evening at Glorious Goodwood. Stargazer appeared to be crying out for the step up to a mile-and-a-half and he is fancied to resuming winning ways at the expense of the tough topweight Dal Harrald. He looks a 1pt investment.