Juvenile notebook: May 20

KIBAAR looks like a penalty kick at Bath in the opening race today. John Hills’ colt should have been awarded the race at Ascot when hampered by Escalating and should gain compensation. But expect improvement from Kassbaan who ran okay in a decent maiden at the Craven meeting behind Elite Gardens and is expected to step up on that. He may run into a place.

Aktabantay is another who should score in the first at Nottingham. He ran a cracking race at Newmarket in the Elite Gardens race mentioned above and should go one better today. However Godolphin run three with Kieren Fallon an eye-catching booking on the nicely-bred Final Decision, who has been working well. Also worth a mention is the Paco Boy colt Azraff who Marco Botti hopes could be a Royal Ascot two year old.

MARY MCPHEE wasn’t knocked about on her debut and this well-bred filly could step up tonight at Warwick. A £155,000 yearling, she was outpaced in a good maiden at Newmarket before staying on nicely under Jamie Spencer. He rides again tonight. She finished two lengths in front of Gold Waltz who reopposes tonight and both should improve. Dancing Moon is well regarded by Mick Channon and is a half sister to decent 2013 juvenile Flippant. She is well worth a watching brief.

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