By Craig Kemp
Last Updated: 21st June 2019
When a horse is thrown in to the challenge of a Listed race for their racecourse debut, it goes without saying that connections consider them to be Group-class in the future.
Galadriel began his racing career in the Langley’s Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes at York and on first impressions his performance was solid, finishing fourth of 18 and just over five lengths adrift of eventual winner Good Vibes.
However, it’s only once going back and reviewing the race that it becomes apparent just what a strong effort it was.
Breaking from the outside rail in stall 21, Galadriel was immediately being ridden along in the rear and was quickly around 15 lengths adrift of the leader in a 5f sprint.
What happened next can be seen below, as he quickly began to scythe a passage through the field, without jockey Andrea Atzeni having to get especially forceful on board.
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Galadriel in the Albany Stakes
Galadriel’s next assignment is a step up to Group 3 level for the Albany Stakes, for which he’s been installed at 16/1 in the Royal Ascot betting.
Significantly, Kevin Ryan’s two-year-old is being stepped up in trip to 6f, which should reduce the possibility of him getting left at the start. Based on his debut, Galadriel should have no issue seeing out the additional furlong.
The form of the York sprint has been franked slightly since, with the runner-up Mighty Spirit already finishing sixth at Royal Ascot this week in the Queen Mary Stakes.
Lady Kermit was third at York and has since been seen lining up as the favourite for a Listed contest in France, when running credibly to take fourth.
Galadriel and fitting the Albany Stakes statistics
Considering this is a race solely for two-year-olds, it will come as no surprise that all of the last 16 victors had set foot on a racecourse no more than twice previously.
What is more significant is that each of the last 13 winners broke from a double-figure starting stall. Galadriel will start from stall 22 in the Albany Stakes.
Over half of the last 16 horses to triumph were also sent off at a double-figure starting price, which means Galadriel seems to be in the right ballpark in terms of odds too.
Remember to check out news.williamhill.com for horse racing betting tips, we served you up Britannia Stakes scorer Biometric, who went off at 28/1.