Sire is a Derby winner, Dam is a Group 1 winner. Not too much to live up to then but New Show has the pedigree to be a lovely colt. Breeding doesn’t mean everything but it does count for a lot so when New Show made a winning debut in the 7f Racing UK EBF Novice Stakes at Ayr, plenty of people stood up and took notice.
Owner Jaber Abdullah has long been associated with top class horses. Having owned Music Show, whose greatest day came when she won the Group 1 Falmouth, he then took her to breeding sheds following her racing career. Her New Approach colt didn’t make the money expected at the sales so fortunately he was sent north to Hambleton Lodge and into the care of Kevin.
It was clear early on that New Show would require time to mature, which is exactly what his pedigree suggested also. Seeing him grow and strengthen as the months passed convinced Kevin that it was the correct call not to rush him. The time did him the world of good and New Show began to impress on the gallops. He took everything in his stride and quickly came to hand as his work increased. As July progressed Kevin realised he needed to start looking for a race as New Show was thriving and ready to go.
Ayr has always been a track where Kevin likes to send a 2 year old on debut. The wide, galloping track is very welcoming for a newcomer and there is very little bias meaning the horses can run on merit. New Show has always shaped like a trip would be ideal for him so the galloping 7f was sure to suit him. Only 5 runners were declared for the event but New Show was the only newcomer in the field.
Tom Eaves got the leg up and had to use all his experience throughout the contest. New Show jumped quite well but his experienced rivals wanted to go forward, quickly getting into stride and setting very strong early pace. New Show didn’t know what to do initially so Tom gave him his head and allowed him to take his time, settling the chestnut at the rear of the field. The two market leaders, Bustam and Cosa Nostra, tackled each other for the lead and set strong early fractions. Through the first furlong New Show was a little lost but managed to get into stride, get balanced and was soon travelling on the bridle. Having initially been a couple of lengths detached, New Show had tagged on to the rear of the field.
There was no hanging around and the fast pace meant the field quickly galloped down the back straight and bared down on the home bend. Ayr has a nice, long straight so it was only 3f into the race when started to take the turn. Bustam was going great guns in front but was travelling well and really laying down to the rest. If Tom was to win he would need to round the whole field, although this task was made easier by the small number of runners. Having started slowly New Show had quickly learnt on the job and travelled well entering the bend. Tom had him on the right lead so he comfortably navigated the turn, easily enough that he moved up a place. The juvenile looked to be enjoying himself now but what could he do under pressure?
Bustam took the field into the straight with a narrow lead over Cosa Nostra. The pair tried to kick clear and initially they did, putting daylight to the other three runners. They had just moved inside the 3f marker and had a healthy lead but slowly New Show was creeping closer. Tom was just nudging his mount to get him lengthening before he could challenge and the pair moved into contention between the 3f and 2f markers.
The race really began to heat up moving into the last couple of furlongs. Bustam had lead throughout but now the favourite was asked to quicken by his jockey. There was no response and in a matter of strides he looked beaten. Cosa Nostra moved smoothly up to snatch the lead. New Show was making some eye catching progress although he was showing plenty of inexperience. Tom was working away to try and get into contention but his partner was rolling around a little as they moved forward. Attempting to correct this wandering, Tom gave New Show a quick slap which the caused the juvenile to run in behind the new leader. Cosa Nostra was cruising in front but New Show had closed to within a length. Tom put his stick away and got hold of his mount to see their challenge through. Racing between the 2f and 1f marker the two chestnuts vied for the lead.
New Show was running with huge promise on debut but he was soon going to step it up a gear. The two leaders went toe to toe for a furlong but it was New Show who began to get stronger. He was learning with every stride and this allowed his ability to come through. Passing the 1f marker he took the lead and with a strong ride he started to get on top. Tom was doing everything to educate his mount but did need to give him a couple of reminders to ensure he stayed on a true line. Having got on top New Show now started to power clear and the further they went the further clear he went. Seeing out every yard of the 7f he strode out to a 1 1/2 length victory and then gave Tom plenty of trouble to try and pull him up.
It was a fantastic debut performance and so pleasing to give Mr Jaber Abdullah a winner, even more so as he bred the colt. New Show did show plenty of signs of greeness which was what Kevin thought might happen. He does things very easy at home and therefore never experienced pressure like he did on the track. Once Tom got him travelling he moved very fluently and then quickened up well when he understood what to do. There is plenty more to come from the colt and he will only get better with time and racing. Kevin is sure to be patient with New Show but there are obvious signs that he could be a lovely prospect moving forward. There is no doubt that a mile would not be out of reach and it certainly looks like Mr Jaber Abdullah has a lot to look forward to.