Ocean Star made a promising debut in a race won in a fast time at Yarmouth and is respected but there ought to be a lot more to come from TIME SCALE, who is a daughter of a Listed 2yo winner. Ralph Beckett’s filly finished only in midfield on her debut at Newmarket but not much went to plan there and today’s race looks easier. Cool Queen also ran well on her debut. Go Greta is arguably the most interesting newcomer.
There aren’t many appealing options in this line-up but one glaring exception is THE RIGHT CHOICE, who was placed four consecutive times on the AW for his new stable during the autumn/winter and looks attractively weighted off his lower turf mark today. The veteran Kinglami runs this track well and is second choice, ahead of Castlerea Tess.
William Jarvis appears to have found an excellent opportunity for ONE NIGHT STAND, who has performed at a fairly useful level on all four starts including on his recent handicap debut. Market support for Robert Cowell’s well-bred newcomer Royal Appointment will spice things up a bit but he’s bred to be better suited by longer trips.
This can go to PEGGIE SUE (nap), who got back in the groove with a good recent effort on Polytrack and remains well handicapped on the form she showed on turf at around this time last year. Somewhere Secret also ran well on the AW a few days ago, and his appeal will increase if the ground becomes taxing. Chitra can also feature if a recent break has done her good.
We can’t be certain she’ll be suited by 5f on turf but SPUROFTHEMOMENT ran a big race in defeat over 6f on Polytrack on her handicap debut a fortnight ago and gets the nod in the hope she can build upon that performance here. Blue Venture was placed in two C&D nurseries last year and may provide the main threat. Bartat and Port Noir are others to consider.
No Show sets a reasonable standard on 2yo form but there was plenty to like about AMETIST’s debut third at Yarmouth and he should be well at home on this stiff 7f.
A few of these have queries against them. GLOWETH lacks a recent run but she could have more to come at the right level this year and has nothing to fear from the conditions for a yard that has had a few go well at big prices since the lockdown. Sir Plato has to be considered with a run under his belt while hurdle winner Captain Kissinger is also of interest for a new yard following wind surgery.
Johnny Kidd looks sure to give another good account but it could be worth going with the well-connected DIODORUS back on the Flat as his past form entitles him to go well and he was quite a cosy winner for this new yard over hurdles in March. Fellow winning hurdler Paseo is also worth a second look now handicapping on turf.
Chez Hans and Scorched Earth both represent much-respected National Hunt stables and are completely unexposed over this trip on the Flat but LE MUSEE is better than both of those over jumps and has already won twice on the AW this year. Nigel Hawke’s 7yo was nudged up only 2lb for his recent Tapeta success and it’s quite possible he’ll be seen to even better effect back on turf.
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