Has been found a very weak race by his red hot handler William Haggas, whose statistics at the Edinburgh track are strong. His debut was in a warm HQ maiden and after being slowly away he ran with the choke out & fell in a hole. That can be seen as a little warm up close to home. Now makes the long journey north to get the win.
Johnny Feane’s Irish raider is coming over for the sterling. She ran a cracker at Tramore two starts back over this 1m 4f trip and a reproduction of that would be good enough here. She was well punted last time at Tipperary but was always on the back foot over 1m 1f. The trainer has sent out two winners from three runners here.
Ran the best of three three fillies against the boys in a Newbury maiden finishing a decent second of 13.
It’s a bold decision to throw her in against winners rated 88 & 85 when a maiden win would look a formality so she’s got to be high up in the pecking order at Ralph Beckett’s yard to turn up in this. Let’s take the hint!
Has won twice in five starts but could still be unexposed. He’s shown good form here when an unlucky, staying on second when held up off a slow pace. A few in here are dropping back in trip to 1m 3f so will need to make this a true test of stamina. James Fanshawe’s runner should have too much natural pace for these late on.
Simply put – he’s the fastest with the lightest weight!
Nearly did us a favour back down in trip at Chelmsford when just beaten in a head-bobbing finish. The steps back up to two miles is perfect as she wasn’t stopping last time over 1m 6f. The handicapper has only nudged her up 1lb and Josephine Gordon takes off a very useful 3lbs to negate that.
All four of Atalanta Bay’s victories have been on the all weather – including at this venue.