This is a fairly competitive mile handicap but Secretarial is the most unexposed runner in the field and could be very well treated off an opening mark of 77. She is a Kingman filly that cost 85,000 guineas as a yearling and she improved with experience last season, culminating in a nice win at Carlisle on her third start last May. That was on soft ground but there should be no reason why she shouldn’t go on a faster surface and the form of the Carlisle win has taken several boosts since. The second Caravan Of Hope has won twice and is now rated 85, the third James Park Woods won a novice race at Chester and is rated 74, the fifth Skyman won a Sandown handicap off 73 and is now rated 79 and even the seventh Kaizer won a handicap off 54.
Tim Easterby has had a few winners since the resumption and I’m hoping Secretarial can prove better than a 77 rated filly.
You Owe Me makes his handicap debut here off a mark of just 69 and there are reasons for suggesting that his opening mark is quite fair. Well beaten on debut, he showed a little ability when behind leading Derby contender English King up in Newcastle on his second start.
He led that day up to the two furlong pole before weakening. The second and third have been impressive winners of maiden since, so that form is fairly solid and You Owe Me went a very strong pace out in front that day.
On his third start, he was third over a mile at Kempton beaten under five lengths. That form is working out with the second winning a handicap off 76, the fourth won a handicap off 75, the seventh was touched off in a handicap off a mark of 58 and the tenth won a maiden. You Owe Me has also been gelded and he could well take a bit of beating here off that mark of 69.
Gigi’s Beach cost 125,000 guineas at the breeze-up sales last April, but his form in three maidens was no better than average, finishing no better than midfield at Yarmouth, Newmarket and York.
A drop in trip to 6f and a gelding operation seemed to do the trick though, as he bolted up on handicap debut at Kempton last week off a mark of 58. He was one of the few winners that day to come from off the pace, so he performance can be marked up.
That handicapper has raised him 9lbs, but he only carries a 6lb pound penalty today, so is 3lb well in. There doesn’t appear to be much lurking in the long grass against him and there is every chance that he can continue to pay back on his purchase price.
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