Jamie Spencer: This is a horse that I have a lot of time for
He had some fair early-season form and was then gelded before running in midfield in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury. He ran better at Chester last time and I think 6f on a more conventional track could suit him better. Clearly, though, he has an awful lot to find with some of these, and has the best part of two stone to find with two or three. His winning chances aren’t obvious.
This looks a decent enough Lowther, if lacking an obvious stand-out, and my filly needs to take a big step forward to be winning this. She was eventually well beaten by Madeline at Newbury last time but she travelled like a good filly for a lot of that race, and I just wonder whether this easy 6f will suit her better. It will need to obviously, but this is only her fourth start and the stable know what it takes to win this race. She has each-way prospects, I guess.
This is a horse that I have a lot of time for. I was very impressed by him at Newcastle and I thought he went to Ascot with winning claims in the Hunt Cup, only for a draw in 12 to scupper our chances. If you weren’t drawn high that day you had next to no chance – Ballet Concerto did remarkably well to finish fourth from 11 and he has won his next two races and is now rated 9lb higher – and I barely had any any opportunity to move a muscle in anger with a wall of horses in front of me throughout. The handicapper predictably left his mark unchanged for that but I would like to think he has a decent chance from his midfield draw here, given luck in running. He is of a horse of some potential, I think.
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