Sawasdee looks to have found an ideal opportunity to get off the mark here in a weak looking race.
He went off 7/4 favourite on handicap debut though was beaten a length into 4th by Mondain, who went in again under a penalty next time.
That race was run at a middling pace, which wouldn’t have suited Sawasdee and I expect Silvestre De Sousa to ensure this doesn’t happen again today by going forward early on the selection, who looks a strong stayer in the making.
Sugar Plum Fairy is now down to her last winning mark here off 46, and despite some heavy defeats of late she has been shaping much better than the end result.
She finished 9th of 17 last time, 8 lengths behind the winner Storm Melody, though that horse won by 4 lengths having been given a very easy lead. Sugar Plum Fairy was dropped in last from her wide draw that day and never really had any chance to win the race, though she made up a lot of ground on most of the field and was one of the eye-catchers late on.
Tom Marquand takes the ride and in this smaller field, with hopefully some decent pace on, I can see her going very close at a nice each-way price.
Molivaliente has shaped like a horse with a lot of ability on all three starts and looks capable of winning off his opening mark of 74 on handicap debut here.
He ran an excellent race on his return this season behind Daring Venture at Chelmsford, caught too far back off a slow pace before making up plenty of ground late on, getting a sectional upgrade in the process. Prior to that he was 3rd over 6 furlongs behind Red Impression, in a race run in an exceptional time.
Interestingly, the horse who finished behind Molivaliente that day, No Nonsense, is now rated 100, so it would all point towards the selection being very well treated off 74 today.