British turf racing resumes at Yarmouth and Group One Power fits the bill in a competitive three-year-old handicap to kick off proceedings. He’s won both his starts so far, coming clear readily at Lingfield when last seen in February, and this step up to ten furlongs is sure to suit. Celestran and Zabeel Champion are a couple of others representing top connections who make a fair bit of appeal.
Veteran Cotton Club could be the answer to the staying handicap. He responded well to the fitting of blinkers when finding just a very well-treated rival too good in a lady riders’ event at Southwell in March, shaping like he was ready to strike again himself. The booking of Ben Curtis is the icing on the cake.
The sole race for two-year-olds on the card and it goes without saying that the betting will prove informative. You couldn’t go far wrong backing Archie Watson’s newcomers last year and his Ocean Star makes plenty of appeal before market clues.
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Amanda Perrett’s Dutch Story is quietly building up a good record at the Norfolk seaside venue and can make a successful return. He boasts course and distance form figures of 121, his two wins coming on hugely-contrasting ground. The mud was flying when he stormed to an eight-length victory in the autumn and he remains ahead of the handicapper despite an 8 lb rise, the forecast firm going unlikely to be an issue.
Derby entry Enemy could be the class act on the card and John Gosden’s exciting colt can make it two from two. A €420,000 purchase as a yearling, Enemy is a half-brother to Group 1 winners Magic Wand and Chicquita, and it was hard not be impressed with the way he made a winning start at Ascot in September over seven furlongs, tanking through the race with Oisin Murphy only doing the bare minimum. There could be tons more to come from him.
Higher Kingdom looks another once-raced winner to keep on side in 2020 and victory beckons on his return for Archie Watson. The son of Kingman landed a gamble with the minimum of fuss on his debut at Kempton over this trip in October and improvement is surely in the offing from this smart prospect.
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Maydanny is chanced on his first run for a year in a very interesting mile handicap. Mark Johnston’s charge is a half-brother to their stable star Elarqam and cost a fortune as a yearling. There was plenty of promise in his runs at Beverley and Nottingham last spring and, having been gelded, an opening mark of 80 may underestimate him on his handicap debut if he’s ready to roll. The danger could be Two Bids, another regally-bred four-year-old who has also been gelded ahead of his first crack at a handicap for William Haggas. He could be finally set to flourish after ending last season disappointingly.
Pretty Pickle can make it second time lucky almost twelve months on from her debut. She was well supported at Newbury last summer and wasn’t seen to anything like best effect racing hard against the near rail, travelling strongly but not getting much luck when it mattered, her rider soon wise to the fact and not giving her a hard time once her chance had gone. She’s presumably had some issues since, but it’s interesting that connections have persevered, and this may be a good opening for her up in trip and fitted with a hood.
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Inhalation could hit the ground running on his handicap/turf debut for Ed Vaughan. Three runs on the all-weather around six and seven furlongs at the back end of last year likely didn’t get to the bottom of him and he looks the sort who will flourish in handicaps this term. Zim Baby could have more to offer on just her third start for Mick Appleby having won a Leicester maiden for her previous yard a year ago.
Narak left her previous form well behind with an impressive win at Lingfield on her handicap bow when last seen in September, and the four-year-old should have more in the locker. Narak hails from a very good family and blew an opening mark of 67 out of the water with that taking display, looking well suited by the quickest ground she’d raced on. She could work her way up through the ranks this season.
- Group One Power – 12:45
- Cotton Club – 13:20
- Ocean Star – 13:55
- Dutch Story – 14:30
- Enemy – 15:05
- Higher Kingdom – 15:40
- Maydanny – 16:15
- Pretty Pickle – 16:50
- Inhalation – 17:25
- Narak – 18:00