Frankel youngsters can steal the show at first evening card of the year

William Haggas will be hoping for success with The Grand Visir this evening at Yarmouth. Picture: Ar

William Haggas will be hoping for success with The Grand Visir this evening at Yarmouth. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Three horses sired by Frankel grace Great Yarmouth tonight when the East coast racecourse stages its first evening meeting of the season.

The Grand Visir, a Frankel colt trained by William Haggas, makes his debut under Ryan Moore in the opening maiden over 11 furlongs at 5.20pm.

But he faces tough opposition in the shape of Orsino under David Probert for Andrew Balding, the youngster having racecourse experience when runner-up at Wolverhampton recently.

Fibonacci also holds a good chance for Jack Mitchell and Hugo Palmer, having been third at Chelmsford following a two-year-old debut in October when fifth to Cracksman, now one of the favourites for the Epsom Derby.

Moore could have an outstanding evening. At 5.50pm he rides Solo Mission for Haggas, the favourite for the 10-furlong handicap. De Vegan Kid, for Probert and trainer Tony Carroll and Bartholomew J for Lydia Pearce, are the main rivals.


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In the 6.20pm fillies' maiden, Moore rides Frosting, another debutant from the Haggas stable in a 10-runner race featuring two Frankel fillies.

They are Nothing But Dreams under Mitchell for Roger Varian, and Harba, under Robert Winston for Haggas. That youngster was seventh on debut before unseating Pat Cosgrave at Wolverhampton after being hampered.

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Moore looks to be in the driving seat at 6.50pm in the mile handicap. He rides the Sir Michael Stoute trained Commodity, a Windsor winner three weeks ago.

Kestrel Dot Com, Probert for Chris Dwyer, represents the main threat in the five-runner contest, the gelding sixth at Kempton recently.

Joey Haynes rides trainer Paul D'Arcy's Anastazia in the mile handicap at 7.20pm, the mare a Lingfield runner-up last time and she tackles two runners placed at Great Yarmouth last week, Harlequin Rock, runner-up and Flying Fantasy, fourth last Tuesday.

Malaysian Boleh is interesting in the 7.50pm handicap. The gelding has won eight times on the all weather but only once on turf. He goes under Probert for Phil McEntee, who also runs Tasaaboq.

The finale, at 8.20pm, could go to Compas Scoobie for Varian, the gelding a winner on Saturday at Wolverhampton.

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