Expose made a highly encouraging debut at Newbury this afternoon finishing third of the twelve runners, beaten only a nose and a length by the first and second. He was very relaxed throughout all of the preliminaries and went to post beautifully. William was worried beforehand that Expose might run a shade free early on as he had shown this a couple of times on the gallops, so the plan was for Shane Kelly to try and settle him in behind horses and then to come with a steady run without been knocked around. As it turned out the horse on his inside played up badly in the stalls which set Expose alight when the gates opened, making him run too free for the first furlong and a bit. He relaxed soon thereafter and travelled beautifully looking the likely winner a furlong and a half from home but the first and second, who had both run before, got the better of him inside the final 150 yards and Shane Kelly wasn’t in any way hard on Expose and accepted third place.
Expose will have learnt plenty from this debut and I would expect him to hopefully notch a victory next time he runs and he certainly looks to be the most promising colt in the making. William has made a provisional entry for him at Wolverhampton on Thursday, 23rd September but I suspect that it is unlikely that he will run so soon.
Richard has made two further entries for Mirabella on Thursday, 23rd September which are as follows:
The Simon Scrope Dalby Handicap Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Pontefract at 4.00 p.m.
The Bet in Play William Hill Handicap Stakes over a mile at Wolverhampton at 7.30 p.m.