Ralph Beckett’s filly has been punted strongly the last twice and has run well without getting the cash. They jump her up a quarter of a mile for her first try in a nursery which can prove the right move. Just because she’s out of a half sister to sprint star Equiano doesn’t make her a sprinter. Elvis had a brother and he couldn’t sing a note!
This one is a right handful and will hopefully trainer John Gosden will get a pony to go with him to the stalls like he did at Newmarket. In his mind he only wants a furlong yet on what we have seen this near straight mile will be bang up his street.
I’m hoping he goes to the front and starts stretching for home a long way out. Stamina is his strongest point and the others will know they have had a race to try and get past him.
He’s really improved since being stepped up in trip with a ready win at HQ was followed with a close second there also and trainer Michael Bell has to run him here as the handicapper is waiting with another 3lbs to slow him down if he doesn’t get out quick.
Jamie Spencer gets pigeon-holed as a hold-up jockey but he’ll ride a different race here. The ‘Duck’ is a front-runner, so let’s hope the speedometer is working.
David Simcock’s runner is slowly getting the hang of this racing game and a look at his profile tells us he’s ready to break his maiden. His three runs so far on turf have all come on softish ground and he’s hardly raised a gallop.
But his two spins on the all-weather have been very different. He was only touched off a head at Chelmsford last time over 10f and last season ran well here over the extended mile.
He’s upped to 1m 4f on Friday night and with a good 5lb claimer, George Buckell on board, it all looks rosy.
Tough front runner in the form of his life right now. He’s a winner on this circuit over 6f but gets the extended mile well as his Pontefract win last time shows.
He’s in box 4 which is the perfect place to attack from and the rise in the ratings is negated by the 5lb claim of David Parkes. Could be another point and shoot ride.
She disappointed on her handicap debut so the stable applied the blinkers for her two subsequent runs – and she ran even worse! The cheekpieces did the trick last time at this course and she bolted in. Sir Mark Prescott looks to have her number now and the extra 6lb shouldn’t slow her down.