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Hydrogen powered up for debut

All eyes will be on Hydrogen as the 2.5 million-guineas yearling finally appears in public at Newmarket on Friday.

The Galileo colt, a half-brother to Derby winner Authorized, was a record purchase in 2012 but failed to make it to the track as a juvenile.

Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam was forced to rule out a run at Newbury last autumn following a dirty scope while Hydrogen then damaged his hock in a stables accident.

David Redvers, racing manager for owners Qatar Racing, reports Hydrogen to be back in good health, with Chapple-Hyam and jockey Jamie Spencer more than satisfied with his condition ahead of his first taste of racecourse action in the Lloyds Bank Commercial Maiden Stakes.

He said: "Hydrogen has been pleasing Pete and Jamie a great deal ahead of his belated debut.

"He has had two setbacks - one major and one not so major - over the last 12 months, the latter one being when he kicked the wall of his stable and damaged his hock quite badly.

"That all seems to have settled down now and we are optimistic that he will make a bright debut ahead of going on to bigger and better things."

The William Haggas-trained Wonderstruck would appear to be one of his main rivals in the 12-furlong heat as she finished third to Oaks-bound Marsh Daisy on her racecourse bow and is a half-sister to the George Washington and Grandera among others.

James Fanshawe's Saab Almanal was beaten just over four lengths in the Dante and boasts a rating of 103, while John Gosden fields two in Forever Now and Mr Smith, a brother to 2012 St Leger third Michelangelo.