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BELLARENA LADY put up a decent performance at headquarters on her racecourse debut and stepped up for an impressive victory at Leicester, despite still looking green and hanging towards the right-hand side in the closing stages.
Lots of the more fashionable juvenile-producing stables will be towards the head of the market and she should be slightly overlooked in the market. The fact her trainer Ed Dunlop now pitches her into Listed company speaks volumes.
LOVE IS YOU was my idea of the 1,000 Guineas winner prior to her withdrawal due to fast ground. She ran an absolute blinder on her return to action and with her sights lowered somewhat, this can be used as a springboard back up into better company.
She doesn’t need bottomless ground conditions to be at her best and provided it’s good, she will have no problems. Snow Lantern looks to be the main danger.
MAJOR JUMBO has been a decent performer down the seasons for the Kevin Ryan outfit and he can still produce a fair level of ability at the age of seven. The form of his reappearance run at Wolverhampton is rock-solid and he finds himself reasonably treated on a mark of just 98.
Added to that, his young rider John Shinnick has impressed so far on what I’ve seen out on the racecourse and he is very good technically for a 7lbs claimer. We will hear a lot more of Shinnick in the coming months.
MAKRAM did well in the circumstances on his return just over a month ago at Newmarket, where the winner Overwrite made all on a speed-favouring track. The fact he got himself into contention despite the yard not being in the best form, bodes well for his second try of the season. He has a fairly light weight, and for that reason Ben Curtis gets the call up over Jason Watson.
SIR RON PRIESTLEY has looked nothing short of top class since returning from an injury which saw him miss a good chunk of last season. He won’t want the rain to arrive as he is already proven to be a much better performer on good or faster conditions, where he can bounce along and use that long athletic stride. Santiago is the only danger if the rain arrives.
FORTAMOUR looks to have been prepped perfectly for this assignment at York and we can expect a big performance from the top weight.
His course and distance form is solid and he has been gifted a decent starting stall position towards the inside from box three, which is a big positive in a field of this size around 7 furlongs at York. He is very flexible regarding ground conditions and looks to have slipped under Paddy’s radar at an each-way price.
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