‘TDN Rising Star’ Returns In Newmarket Opener

13.50 Newmarket, Cond, £30,000, 3yo, 7fT
Jaber Abdullah’s 3-year-old colt HI ROYAL (IRE) (Kodiac {GB}), a half-brother to MGSW G1 Prix Jacques Le Marois fourth Noor Al Hawa (Fr) (Makfi {GB}) out of G1 Falmouth S. heroine Majestic Roi (Street Cry {Ire}), makes his sophomore debut coming back off a 215-day break in Newmarket’s opening event of 2023. The March-foaled bay garnered a ‘TDN Rising Star‘ badge at Ayr in September when last on duty and he encounters eight rivals, all winners, in a contest annexed four times in the last six years by subsequent pattern-race scorers. Hi Royal’s opposition is headed by the Godolphin pair Majestic Pride (GB) (Shamardal) and City Of Kings (GB) (Kingman {GB}). The former is a half to MG1SW sire Farhh (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) produced by dual Group 1 heroine Gonbarda (Ger) (Lando {Ger}), while the latter is a son of G2 Lancashire Oaks victrix and G1 Oaks and G1 Yorkshire Oaks fourth Horseplay (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}).

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