LEICESTER WAS ABANDONED EARLIER TODAY
Whitehotchillifili was above average in bumpers – she won on debut and hit the frame in a listed event – and shaped encouragingly when third on her hurdles debut at Ffos Las in October.
She confirmed the promise of that run when scoring at Wincanton on Boxing Day, when she was helped by securing an easy lead and some late departures, but she looked likely to win anyway. She is a useful mare in the making and, with more to come, she is taken to defy a penalty and gain her second win in this sphere.
Golden Whisky showed fairly useful hurdles form but he is bred to make a chaser and has already reached a higher level over fences. He was underwhelming on his chasing debut but showed plenty of ability when finishing third at Chepstow in a strong race that has worked out superbly.
Evan Williams’ charge confirmed the promise of that run when opening his account over fences at Ffos Las on his penultimate start, jumping soundly in the main to land the odds in good style, and it is worth forgiving him a disappointing effort last time as a serious mistake effectively ended his race. He remains open to improvement and is very much the type to do better in this sphere, so is worth another chance.
Arctic Footprint had shown only modest form on her first four outings, but there was a lot more to like about her staying-on fourth at this course last time. She tracked the pace and was still close up on the home turn but was unable to quicken entering the straight.
That effort, along with a stout pedigree, suggests that she will benefit from a much sterner test of stamina, so this significant step up in trip is likely to suit.
She can take another big step forward and make an impact here.
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