WILLABELL made a promising start to her career when narrowly denied at Yarmouth in June and was thought good enough to contest the Albany at Royal Ascot just nine days later.
She was too keen for her own good at Newmarket when last seen in July, and the drop to five furlongs looks a good move given her racing style. This race doesn’t look as strong and she looks a leading player.
Some well-bred newcomers on show here, but preference is for FOREVER GRATEFUL, who shaped with plenty of promise when runner-up on debut but hasn’t been able to reproduce that effort on both starts since.
She’s been given a three-week break, and can get back on track with the in-form Ben Curtis booked. The form of that debut runner-up effort is the best on offer here and she won’t need to improve to open her account.
MISHAL STAR confirmed debut promise (behind subsequent Cheveley Park winner Alcohol Free) when forging clear in a Kempton novice three weeks ago and this Mehmas filly surely has more to offer still off what looks a fair opening mark. She was well backed last time, suggesting she is clearly held in some regard at home, and this looks another winnable opportunity.
A big-field sprint handicap with plenty to consider, but it was impossible for PRODUCTION not to go into the notebook when finishing third at Pontefract last time. He very much caught the eye that day shaping much better than the end result, still travelling well when not getting a clear run a furlong out but staying on well once in the clear to take third.
Production finished with running left on that occasion, leaving the impression he is ready to strike from this mark, which is 4 lb lower than his last winning one.
MAKE IT RAIN was a non-runner at Newmarket on Friday, but looks very interesting here on the back of her commanding success at Wolverhampton last time. She was notably strong in the betting on that occasion and didn’t give her backers anything to worry about, always travelling well before being asked for an effort three furlongs from home and drawing clear of her rivals once hitting the front a furlong from home.
The handicapper has raised her 6 lb in the weights for that win, which looks more than fair, and she can follow up.
A chance is taken on THE DALEY EXPRESS, who went with a lot more encouragement at Wolverhampton last week and, like many from his stable, is now well handicapped following a quiet start to the season.
Dapper Man is understandably turned out under a 5 lb penalty given he won by nine lengths at Redcar but he was seen to very good effect that day, so Longroom is feared most.
ARABIAN WARRIOR took time to hit top gear when staying on for second on his handicap debut at Kempton last time, but he was strong at the finish, and the step up to two miles should be right in his favour (there is stamina on the dam’s side of his pedigree).
He seems sure to go well if proving as effective on turf. Mr Chua chased home a progressive three-year-old at York and it could be the same story here.
- 13:15 – WILLABELL
- 13:45 – FOREVER GRATEFUL
- 14:20 – MISHAL STAR
- 14:55 – PRODUCTION
- 15:30 – MAKE IT RAIN
- 16:05 – THE DALEY EXPRESS
- 16:40 – ARABIAN WARRIOR