This is an interesting turf maiden that can go the way of Foxglove, who makes his first start for the barn of Michael Stidham. Runner-up on all four starts to date, today may finally be the day that this son of Oxbow gets off the mark. Main threat Gesture improved for the switch to turf last time but needs to move forward again.
Crown of Joy probably needed her latest outing following a four-month break and should strip fitter with that run under her belt. The consistent form she was showing before that layoff is more than enough to make her competitive against this field. Antalya and Durven head up the shortlist of the remainder.
Creed is from a barn that boasts a strong record with first-time starters at Tampa Bay (38% strike-rate), and this newcomer can add further to that tally in this maiden. A $650,000 son of Honor Code who is related to four winners, the selection looks to have been found a good spot for his first racecourse outing.
Indian Cross couldn’t follow up his Sam Houston win over this course and distance last time but produced a career best in defeat and may still have more to offer. De Bird is Da Word may emerge as the main danger, his barn having hit red-hot form in recent times, while Men of Kyle shouldn’t be discarded either.
Reachreachreach’s last two wins have come over shorter than today’s 1m trip, but she has proven her effectiveness at this distance before (narrow second late last year), so shouldn’t be inconvenienced by stepping back up.
She can get the better of Miss Perfecta, while Mulberry is another to enter the equation.
Vallestina boasts some strong form at the likes of Del Mar and Santa Anita, and didn’t get the best of trips on her Will Rogers debut last week. With plenty of speed to her inside, Anna Meah’s charge should have a better run of things this time, and is taken to make amends.
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