Coqulicot was very progressive in bumpers last season, rattling off a hat trick after finishing second in her first two bumpers. She finished the season winning at Kempton listed mares bumper and is related to the Ebor winning & Melbourne Cup second Heartbreak City, so she is certainly bred to have a touch of class. She now goes over hurdles and she should be up to winning this and looks one for the better mares novice hurdle races through the season.
Kissesforkatie was useful in bumpers, finishing a close third in a Listed event at Cheltenham behind Master Debonair nearly two years ago and was a very decent sixth in the Mares Bumper at the Aintree festival that season.
Last season over hurdles, she wasn’t beaten far by the likes of Silver Forever, Sporting John, Harry Senior and Bullionaire in novice hurdles before she got off the mark at Wincanton, when she had a host of subsequent winners behind. She looked like she was going to follow up under a penalty next time when she came down two out and now makes her first start of the season in a handicap off an opening mark of 126. That looks quite fair and she should run well if fully wound up.
This looks a very competitive maiden, with some beautifully-bred newcomers up against some horses with useful form already in the book. The one I like is Subtle Beauty who was very well backed on debut at Newmarket and knew her job but lost out to one that had an experience edge over her. She did show plenty of promise though and I would expect her to improve plenty for the experience. If she can break quickly from stall eight, she might be able dominate form the front.
Noble Dynasty cost 3.6 million guineas and is a half brother to Barney Roy. He made his debut at Newmarket back in June, where he appeared to find the 6 furlong trip on the short side for him, as he ran on strongly to only be beaten a neck by Modern News who is now rated 90. He obviously had a bit of a setback as we haven’t seen him since. There was so much promise in that opening run and considering his breeding, he is an exciting prospect and can make up for lost time by getting off the mark at the second attempt.
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