INTERMEDIUM was sent to Kempton for his debut and though running in snatches through greenness produced a very encouraging performance to get within a neck of Festival Theatre with the remainder well beaten. He'll be unfortunate to come up against one as good here though there are some superbly bred individuals including Alex Vino, from the yard responsible for Festival Theatre. Istikshaf is the eleventh foal of a mare who has already produced eight winners and he has to be respected along with Bon Voyage, who is a half-brother to the useful Mantoba and other winners. The betting should tell us more about the others though Almuhalab, by Dansili and the first foal of the 1000 Guineas winner Ghanaati, is an obvious one to keep an eye on.
Alex Vino (IRE) High Chaparral colt out of Rare Ransom.
Almuhalab Dansili colt out of Ghanaati.
Bon Voyage Kyllachy colt out of Coming Home.
Crafty Exit Mastercraftsman colt out of Demerger.
Douman (USA) Giant's Causeway gelding out of Totally Devoted.
Hands Up (IRE) Bushranger colt out of Christa Maria.
Hanno (USA) Henrythenavigator colt out of Archstone.
Intermedium 9-4 (9-5) Went left start, raced wide early, went 2nd over 4f out, led 2f out, clear when green and edged right over 1f out, edged left and joined inside final furlong, soon ridden, headed close home, 2nd of 9, nk behind Festival Theatre (9-5) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Istikshaf (IRE) Exceed And Excel colt out of Shinko Hermes.
Learaig (IRE) Diamond Green colt out of Sweet Kristeen.
One Man Band (IRE) Pivotal colt out of Musicanna.
Prairie Prize 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden when bumped over 1f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 12, 8l behind Almuheet (9-5) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Rathealy (IRE) Baltic King gelding out of Baltic Belle.