Es Perfecto was a wide margin winner of a point-to-point on this third start in that sphere and was sold for £170,000 off the back of that win. Third in a bumper at Kempton in February, he wasn’t beaten far and two miles on that track wouldn’t have been ideal for him and the step up to 2m 5f will be right up his street.
Hometown Hero is interesting for Dan Skelton on the back of winning a point-to-point in Ireland and the second winning a maiden hurdle in Ireland also, but Es Perfecto could be quite useful and is a bigger price, so looks the value angle.
Jacinth was a £120,000 ‘breeze’ purchase who is a half-sister to some useful performers. She was well fancied on her debut at Newbury but could only finish thirs. The winner Fly Miss Helen was very well regarded by Richard Hannon and the second, Sarsaparilla, has finally managed to get her head in front in a maiden since.
Jacinth went back to Newbury for her second start and again was prominent in the market but could only finish third, beaten two lengths. That form looks very strong now as the Alcohol Free, was second in a Group 3 on her next start and won the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes last weekend.
The runner-up at Newbury was Al Saariyah who won a nursery off a mark of 78 on her next start and the fourth Mishal Star has won twice since. Even the sixth won next time!
The form is rock solid and it will take a big step forward from her opponents to prevent her getting off the mark now.
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