Three non-runners have changed the complexion of this fillies handicap considerably – and the prices – in what looks an open handicap.
The top weight Alexandrakollontai is a five-time course winner who last saw the winner’s enclosure at Newcastle over 1m in September 2018 off a mark of 74. While she’s slipped 7lbs in the ratings since then and Connor Murtagh taking another 5lbs off, she’s not a no-hoper, but you’re banking on that winning course form rekindling the spark.
Lucky Violet was a neck second over 7f at Ayr last night having finished third there six days ago. Connections are obviously keen to strike while the iron is hot and both runs give her a chance. She did the same last season when eventually getting her head in front on her third run in 19 days, but last night’s exertions could tell.
Forever A Lady seems to have lost her way since her last win in July 18, but she is 5lb below that mark while Midnight Vixen ran well at Redcar last time out. Won at Newcastle off 55 two starts back and is just a 1lb higher now but has to prove she handles this softer ground.
Irish raider Bobby Jean drops right back in trip but was fourth at the Curragh over 7f before that in an apprentice handicap. Most of her form – or lack of it – is on soft ground, so that’s a plus. At eight years old, she’s unlikely to hold too many surprises.
Wall of Sapphire is having her first run for David Loughnane having been bought for 14,000 guineas out of Hugo Palmer’s yard after winning a 1m handicap off a rating of 65. It’s unlikely he’s had the time to unearth the necessary improvement just yet.
Ivory Charm has yet to win in six attempts – five on the all-weather – but was second on her seasonal debut at Redcar on good to firm ground. She races off the same mark here. While the ability to handle softer ground must be taken on trust, she gets 8lbs from market rival Midnight Vixen ans she should come on from her debut run at Redcar. Trainer Richard Fahey had a treble yesterday.
Selection: Ivory Charm
*Prices correct at time of publication