Josephine Gordon: She shaped really well at Kempton in November
She is a half-sister to our decent Star Archer and she shaped really well for me over 7f at Kempton in November, and I would expect her to step forward this year. This extra furlong should really suit, and I just hope that she handles the soft ground. If she does, then I think she could go really well here. She can be a bit keen but she has been working really well at home.
I have ridden him on his last two starts, and he has run two crackers. He has gone up 4lb for those two placed runs but he loves soft ground – all four of his turf wins have been on it – and I reckon he is all set for another big run.
I don’t know much about her but she ran well enough when fourth in soft ground over 6f at Ripon last time, and hopefully the step up from 6f to 1m will suit her. The stamina is a question mark but at least she is coming down the handicap a bit.
She ran a solid race off this mark over 1m4f here last time, and she has run well over an extended 1m5f at Chelmsford before, so hopefully the step up in trip won’t be a problem. She has been running consistently well and hopefully will do so again.
He didn’t run too well the only time I sat on him, so here is hoping for better luck here! To be fair, that was at Chelmsford and this is more his track, as he showed again when third here last Saturday. He steps up another furlong here and that is another positive, as a lot of his better efforts have been over this trip. He has a solid each-way chance.
He came good for me when winning over 1m2f at Chelmsford last time, and has only gone up 2lb for it. He steps back in trip here, but he has run well over course and distance before, so hopefully that won’t be an issue. He probably has as strong claims as most in this race.
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