R Kiss Em Goodbye will likely go off a short-priced favourite on the back of her recent 5 furlong victory at Gulfstream Park in this 6f contest on the dirt for the fillies and mares.
But at the prices, FEISTY CHI CHI looks to be the bet.
Trainer Michele Boyce has been doing very well with her string around here lately, sending out two winners from her only two runners over the last 14 days. She looks to have found a good opportunity for the five-year-old mare to record career victory number three here.
Feisty Chi Chi hinted at a return to form last time over a mile and half a furlong on the turf. With a return to the dirt, this shorter trip and a drop in class, she has a lot in her favour.
She is expected to put it up to the favourite.
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The first turf race on the card here and it’s a 1m maiden for the three-year-olds. Keep the faith with NAGINI who disappointed last time out when sent off a well-backed favourite.
On that occasion, Timothy Hamm’s chestnut filly ran into trouble at a crucial moment and was shuffled back, but stayed on nicely to finish fourth and was closing on the leaders right up to the line.
She should be able to gain revenge on Little Ms Broadway who finished second then. The selection has also beaten likely favourite Imaginary Friend, two races back. With a change of luck, Nagini can overcome a wide draw and break her maiden tag at the sixth time of asking under Angel Suarez.
We return to the dirt for this 6f maiden for the three-year-olds. FALKIRK was fifth on debut in a hot race at Churchill Downs 242 days back. The winner of that race, South Bend, has since gone on to score in Stakes company and two other horses in that race won next time out.
Ian Wilkes’ grey has reportedly been working very well lately and will have the services of leading jockey Antonio Gallardo, who is operating at a 37 per cent strike rate around Tampa Bay lately.
Falkirk is unexposed and entitled to improve on his seasonal debut and with better early speed can mix it with the likely favourite, Onward, who is feared, taking a big drop in class.
one of the most open races on the card is the 7 furlong ‘long sprint’ on the dirt. BIG YES pulled off a shock 28/1 victory last time out over course and distance (C&D) and there’s every chance that Walter Woodard’s three-year-old can spring another big-priced surprise.
The selection left a bad run of form behind last time out when making all under today’s jockey Ademar Santos. BIG YES was able to take advantage of a nice draw in stall one on that occasion to repel all the persistent challengers throughout the race, and most impressively, he was going away from the field at the end.
That victory suggested that there is plenty more to come and while Big Yes has a tricky draw to overcome in stall 12, he showed enough to suggest that this step up in class can be within his range. Look for Big Yes to break smartly again and attempt to burn off all of today’s rival one by one.
We finish with a three-year-old race on the turf over 1m. UNCORK THE BOTTLE won a similar race over course and distance back in January and since then has been running with great credit in stakes races. The speed figures from those runs were excellent and the drop back into this company here should suit Saffie Joseph’s colt.
He is taken to confirm superiority with Valiant Virtue, who was beaten by the selection back in January. Look for jockey Daniel Centeno to take advantage of a plum draw in stall three and steer Uncork The Bottle towards career victory number four in the finale.
*Prices correct at publishing but are subject to change