TORONADO QUEEN proved a different proposition to previously this season when down in grade and up against her own sex at Leicester recently, worth crediting with a career-best display given the manner of victory. She quickened to lead inside the final furlong and drew clear to win easily.
She carries a 5lb penalty for that win, but that is completely offset by top apprentice Ray Dawson’s claim, and she may well follow up if proving equally as effective on tapeta.
INFINITE BEAUTY was given a considerate introduction to life having been held back by inexperience on debut in July.
Although she failed to build on that at Doncaster subsequently, well positioned but never challenging, she very much caught the eye making her nursery debut at Bath last time. In complete contrast to her effort at Doncaster, Infinite Beauty did too much too soon at Bath – travelling powerfully for the early part of the race but just weakening in the final furlong.
The timefigure she recorded adds a bit more depth to the form, and there is every chance that the step up to 7 furlongs could perhaps prove the key to her at this stage of her development. She remains open to improvement and is clearly shortlist material.
FREEDOM AND WHEAT is a notoriously unreliable type, his well-documented quirks often getting the better of him, just as they did when he finished second at this course back in July – rather throwing away the chance of victory as he hung left late on.
He then finished eighth under similar conditions before producing a career-best effort to double his tally over this course and distance last month, showing a good change of gear to lead entering the straight and forging clear.
He is not one for full confidence given his reputation, but with good-value claimer Marco Ghiani remaining in the saddle, he must be in with a big should of backing up his recent win.
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