Penalty kicks are something that the English national football squad have struggled with over the years but let’s hope the day starts on a bright note and Via Serendipity outclasses his rivals in the seven furlong maiden that opens the card at Yarmouth. The prowess of the Invincible Spirit colt on Newmarket’s gallops hadn’t been missed prior to his debut in the Convivial Maiden Stakes at York in August and he travelled for a long way like the winner until Rivet took flight in the closing stages and he was beaten three and half lengths into third. The winner was advised as the likely winner of the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last week and duly oblifhed and the reports from those behind Via Serendipity suggest that he has he hasn’t stood still since. An entry in the Dewhurst may look a little ambitious at this stage but this looks a soft option for him to open his account and the will be plenty mortified in Newmarket if he is beaten.
At more rewarding odds, Khafooo Shemeni looks the one to be with in the seven furlong conditions event. The Richard Hannon-trained was considered in need of the run in a six furlong maiden at Newmarket at the end of August but he buckled down well in the closing stages under Patt Dobbs to overhaul the odds-on Mazyoun by a neck. The runner-up went onto to be beaten only a length and three quarters by the classy Mubtasim in the £300,000 Weatherbys Hamilton at Doncaster last week and with improvement to come from the Dark Angel colt to come he looks well worthy of support over a trip that should hold no fears.
There will be plenty want to offer there support to Yorker after an eyecatching performance in the Strensall Stakes at York last month but the ex-South African campaigner may be underpriced and the better value may be offered by Dragon Mall for the very much in form David Simcock. The Flame gelding has not come up to expectations so far this season but there was little wrong with his latest effort in a Group 3 event over a mile at Goodwood at the end of July when fourth, beaten only a length and half, to Thikriyaat and this looks an easier assignment. Dragon Mall has always been well thought of by his handler and his placing of his horse is second to none. At odds of around 6-1 he look worth of each way support in a race where his class could well come into play.