3.40 1m6f Class 3 Handicap – Claire Underwood 7/1
Richard Fahey’s runners are to take note of his chances at Musselburgh, it was his most successful course last season with a 20% strike rate and he’s enjoying an even better 23% strike rate at the course this season, the last 5 seasons he has a +£29.55 level stake profit at Musselburgh. Claire Underwood’s last win was at this course under today’s jockey, she wasn’t well away but still claimed the lead and dictated a steady gallop and won nicely with a quite a bit in hand against a small but good field, she’s since ran 4 solid races, especially her last when just beaten on the run in by the odds on well bred Derevo who looks to be going places. This race looks easier and against a more exposed field, Alright Sunshine the obvious danger but will have to step up quite a bit on his last win in a class 4, he wasn’t all that convincing and this step up to a class 2 with a 4lb penalty looks too steep for me. Claire Underwood does go up 2lbs for her latest effort but Sean Davis is back in the saddle who was on her last victory and takes off 3lbs plus this step up in trip looks a big positive by her last display.
4.00 6f Class 4 Handicap – Handytalk 5/1
Trainer Rod Millman is having a good season, especially with his older horses on the turf with a 15% strike rate compared to his usual 10% average, he’s close to 45% win and place rate at present this season and a recent winner of his Handytalk has a great chance of following up with claimer Cieren Fallon who is well worth his claim negating the 5lb penalty, Cieren has already claimed 4 winners at Brighton in his maiden season and is the first time being called up by Rod. Handytalk is in great form he claimed his 2nd winner of the season under 2 weeks ago on fast ground at Ffos Las, he’s yet to race at Brighton but being a front runner it should suit perfectly and is drawn well in 3 to attack.
5.00 5f Class 6 Handicap – Hurricane Alert 5/1
Been running well on the all weather this season, he claimed an outright win in March with David Probert in the hot seat for the first and only time and was first past the post in April at Chelmsford off a pound higher than today’s mark before being reversed in the stewards room for interference. Today he returns to turf for just his 2nd try of the season, he’s won on the turf off 3lb higher in the past, he’ll love the fast underfoot conditions, David Probert takes back over the reigns which is a good positive as mentioned, he’s recent record isn’t looking good at present with just the one winner in the last 2 weeks, but digging deeper he’s had 12 runner up places, so fair to say he’s just been unlucky and so I wouldn’t worry about recent form at all, he loves Brighton with a 20% strike rate the last 5 seasons and healthy +£12.61 LSP.
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2.30 5f Class 6 Handicap – Racquet 10/1
Won around this time last year from a mark of 52 at Thirsk, up and down form since has seen his mark tumble to his lowest career mark to date, 7lbs under his last winning mark and 19lbs under his highest winning mark leaves him looking very well treated, he handles any ground given so any more rain won’t be a issue, he likes most course characteristics and so the sharp track won’t be any issue, he has a good draw drawn in 3 next to the better chances and where most of better speed will be. Trainer Ruth Carr is in good current form, she already has 2 winners to her name this month, both she bagged on Saturday with a whopping 441/1 double, she likes Catterick and has a good set of chances at the course, usual go to man James Sullivan is booked who rides Catterick very well.
4.25 1m Class 3 Handicap – Surrey Hope 12/1
Certainly relying on hope here, but one that stands out at a price on past promise is Surrey Hope, won a good handicap at Salisbury at the age of 3 beating Kryptos who went on to frank the form when winning his next 2 engagements and going on to be rated as high as 100, also the 3rd and 4th also won NTO further boosting the form, he returned the season after looking to of improved and carried his form after a 150 day break when just missing out by a neck in a good class 2 at Lingfield, again similar to his next race when again a unluckily close place finish, with them combined efforts he was given a mark of 96 and looked to have a bright future, however since then and since a gelding operation his form regressed, which prompted a change of yards where he moved to Hughie Morrison last month, in the same month he made his stable debut at Chelmsford where he raced keenly which was no surprise after a near 11 month break, but he did show glimpses of promise and should of come on plenty for the run and now 10lbs lower than his rating around this time last year, he should have a cracking chance if the switch of yards have brought him back to life.
8.30 6f Class 5 Handicap – Beechwood Izzy 8/1
Won over 6f last year as a 2yo and was given a rating of 78, yet to find her stride this year but has been tested over different distances, she returned to form LTO when over 2 lengths off the winner which looks her optimum trip at 6 furlongs, she’s dropped a further 2lbs by the handicapper and is 14lbs under her mark given last season which leaves her looking thrown in if she can build on last months promise. Tom Marquand is booked for the first time which is eye catching, his having a good time of things at present and is a jockey to follow blind this season, especially on the turf with his 3yo+ rides with a sensational +£94.96 level stake profit. Trainer doesn’t call on Tom often neither does he send his chances to Nottingham with just the 4 career entries there, so is significant he sends just the one there today considering he has 7 other entries at Catterick and Ripon.
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6.45 6f Class 4 Handicap – Raha 16/1
Really took the eye LTO In what looked a decent maiden, she broke and travelled strongly in her race and took the lead 2 furlongs out, looking like a big threat if maintaining that gallop but found the 7 furlongs too stiff and weakened out of it, dropping back to 6 furlongs looks a huge plus and back into handicap company also will be a big benefit and receives a lot of weight from this class 4 field, she is a pound out of the handicap but effectively runs with just 7-12 on her back after the 5lb claim of Sophie Ralston. Not only visually did it look like a drop in trip would be a big plus but on breeding too are big positives, on the dams side, the dams sire was a Group 1 winner over a mile, while the dam was 6f winner at 3yo and has produced a couple of fairly useful 5 furlong winning offspring. Interestingly trainer Julia Feilden doesn’t travel to Carlisle, she’s been there just twice in her career and hasn’t travelled there in the past 5 years at all, she sends 2 there tomorrow on a gruelling 650 mile round trip which is very significant and both look to have excellent chances (7.45 Oud Metha Bridge).
7.00 1m2f Class 5 Handicap – Perfect Refuge 7/1
Looked to be coming with a strong effort when last seen in a competitive race until taken out of the race by Broad Appeal who went into the side of the gelding and then across causing the gelding to snatch up, he deserves another chance and is handily dropped a pound by the handicapper and Adam Kirby takes over the reigns for the 2nd time, he is in great current form with 8 winners the last 2 weeks (24% strike rate) he rides Windsor well and has a good partnership with trainer Clive Cox who himself is in great current form with a 23% strike rate the past fortnight and sends 2 to Windsor both with excellent chances (8.00 House Of Kings)
7.15 1m1f Class 5 Handicap – Kannapolis 13/2
A couple I like in this, Edgar Allan Poe if forgiving his last effort is in fantastic recent form with 3 wins in his last 5 runs, one over this C&D, the last poor effort he looked a little jaded after quick turnarounds but the near 3 week break may see him back to form, if not then Kannapolis who was unlucky not to double his winning tally over the mile trip at Ripon, he hit the front 2 furlongs out, he galloped strongly home and never looked like stopping but was caught late home by the fast finishing Ascot Week, he was strong through the line and his only win came over 1m2f so this step up in trip is a big plus. He won’t want much rain which atm looks a bit hit and miss, but if it doesn’t come then he looks a big threat. Miss Joanna Mason takes the reigns who IMO is a great amateur and has a excellent 21% strike rate for Michael Easterby with a £12.25 level stake profit.
1.50 7f Oak Tree Stakes Group 3 Fillies & Mares – Solar Gold 20/1
Now sits in the highest stall of the field which on past races is a negative as all winners have been from lower than 10 in the last 10 years, however Solar Gold is a hold up horse and will benefit from when dropping in and not getting boxed in like you do from a low draw and with so much pace in this field will also be a big benefit for hold up horses like ours. Yet to win for William Haggas since the switch from Charlie Hills the end of last season, but ran 3 excellent races in defeat, twice in listed races then her last when 2nd in a very competitive Bunbury Cup where she finished in front of her group on the stands side but was only beat by one on the far side which looked clearly the best part of the track, if building on that performance again, like she has in each of her runs for William she’ll be in with a excellent chance if getting a lot of luck in running. Mr Haggas has had a brilliant season to date and is close to his best season overall, he had the winner in this race last year Pretty Baby who lines up again and has a good chance even if a little negated by a high draw for a usual front runner and a under a penalty. Tom Marquand takes the reigns on ours who has established himself as a top professional jockey already and clearly improving under the eye, he has a excellent +£54.80 level stake profit following every ride of his blind this season and broke his Group winning duck earlier this season.
3.00 1m Class 2 Handicap – Key Victory 40/1
My first choice of the race is Seniority who won a better renewal of this race last year under Ryan Moore whose won this race the last 3 years, he was 3lb better off last year but didn’t have the clearest of runs but travelled and won well in the end, he hasn’t been in the best of form this season but hasn’t had the best choice in races and yet to run on his favoured fast surface, he looks aimed at this race and with Ryan back onboard gives more clues of their intentions. All that being said one that looks a huge price and in with a shout is Key Victory, he won on debut as a 2yo and followed up in his 3yo campaign beating Old Persian in a good Listed race at Newmarket with Old Persian going on to pick up 2 Group 2’s and a Group 1 at Meydan. Key Victory career however went the opposite way since, he ran a good race in a Group 1 in France but declined on his venture in Meydan which prompted a gelding operation, he improved a little at Royal Ascot and was better than the bare result states and improved again when a good 4th when last seen early last month in a competitive Coral Challenge with the 2nd Escobar whose current 2nd fav for this race winning very easily NTO at York and now 6lbs higher, not only weighted to get the better of Escobar in this race but looks to be improving since his gelding operation and getting back to his best. Trainer Charlie Appleby is having a blinding season with a current 30% strike rate, his best yet, he places his chances no better for me and again books James Doyle who he has a excellent partnership with a 25% career strike rate which is a little better this season with a 27% strike rate.
4.10 6f Nursery Handicap – Owney Madden 8/1
Really impressed LTO when dropped in trip to 6f, he didn’t get the best of starts which wasn’t helped when taken right by a competitor early on, he ran green but with all against him early on he powered home under a couple of taps of the whip to win with plenty in hand visually, entitled to come on plenty for that, his mark of 81 looks very exploitable. I’m a little concerned on the ground today, when winning there was plenty of juice in the ground and he looked at home on it in the finish plus on the dams side the family, they relish on soft ground, so with the ground drying out at Goodwood very quickly and likely to have fast in the description at this time in the day it is a worry, but his sire Oasis Dream was a fast ground specialist which does give hope and is worth the risk for me.
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3.00 5f Molecomb Stakes Group 3 – Raahy 20/1
Takes a big step up in grade but was visually one of the most impressive LTO, he broke well and dictated a good quick gallop and then asserted quickly when asked to do so at his first try at 5 furlongs, he looked a true speedster and ready for a step up in class, the form took a healthy boost when the 4 length 2nd X Force winning well NTO. Any more rain will be a big plus, the ground was riding on the softer side of good today and more rain due tonight with a possible thunderstorm which would be a bonus, either way it should be suitable conditions and has a great positive draw next to Maven who like all Wesley Ward runners are pure speed demons and is the most likely pace setter in the race. Trainer George Scott enjoys it at Goodwood with a 23% strike rate the last 5 years and a healthy +£28 level stake profit, he books Harry Bentley for the first time in the horse and is a jockey upswing plus he also has a positive LSP at the course too.
3.55 1m2f Class 5 Handicap – Osmosis 16/1
Rated 75 when moving from Ger Lyons to Jason Ward late last year, she made a promising debut for new connections in April at Beverley looking like further would suit better, although getting her wish with extended trips she still couldn’t find a winning groove but still put in some good efforts which did peter out a little last month but came back to form just last week, interestingly turned out quickly and applied with cheek pieces for the first time which looks like it will have a big positive effect to help keep her concentration, she’s a huge 12lbs now under her mark when moving yards and is further aided by 3lb claimer Conor McGovern who rode her last 3 runs and has a good record at Redcar and good partnership with Jason Ward.
7.10 1m Class 3 Handicap – Rogue 20/1
Another that changed yards late last year, this time from Richard Hannon to Alexandra Dunn, when moving he was rated 93 and won off a mark of 88 earlier in the year, he made his seasonal debut off a mark of 91 in promising fashion when a good 3rd when trying to make all off top weight after a near 200 day break, failing to build on that NTO, he travelled to France and ran 2 good runs over a mile with 2 good places, he returns now off a mark of 85, 3lbs under last winning mark and 9lbs under his highest mark, a huge 14lbs if including claimer Curran Fallon who is well worth his 5lb claim and is in great present form with a 19% strike rate the last 2 weeks (7 winners), he has 2 winners from 8 tries for Alexandra also a further 4 places (75% win and place strike rate), he also has 2 winners at Sandown again from 8 runs, he has a nice draw in 2 but may get in a quick early pace with Muraad which won’t help if he does.
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5.20 3m Class 4 Chase Handicap – Miss Batten 7/1
Made a very pleasing start to her chasing career when 3rd in a novice handicap over this C&D last month, she was a big negative in the market which didn’t show in her jumping as she took them along upfront under a good pace and a little keen, she jumped a little to her right but still out jumped her rivals, she was taken for the lead someway out which didn’t help her chances and when looking well beat around the home turn she rallied well and looked a big threat before early exertions taking there toll, on the whole a lot of positives to take from her debut and she can certainly build on that. The form of the race took a boost with the 4th and only runner in the race since winning NTO, she’s handily dropped 2lbs and also gets a further 3lb allowance from claimer Stephen Mulqueen who teamed up with Lucinda Russell earlier this month on Boy’s On Tour when bolting up in a good race, they both have just the one runner to focus on and make a huge 622 mile round trip which is very significant on the mares chances.
3.20 1m2f Class 4 Handicap – Billy Roberts 4/1
A past 74 mark winner at this course for Richard Guest over 2 years ago, went on a 12 running losing streak and change of yards to Richard Whitaker he broke the losing when upped in trip to 1m2f off dangerous mark of 66, he went up 4lb for the victory and ran a fine race in a tougher race NTO and was beat by a very well looking handicapped Cockalorum, this looks a slightly easier race and there doesn’t look any dangers like Cockalorum in the field to cause major problems also there’s a distinct lack of pace in the race which will suit a front runner like Billy Roberts no end from a perfect rail draw.
4.30 6f Class 3 Handicap – Arcavallo 14/1
Bolted up last August over C&D off a mark of 81 by over 3 lengths in first time cheek pieces in what turned out to be a good form race, he went up 8lb for the success and has struggled since off his revised mark but as a result has quickly dropped down the handicap and is now 4lbs under last winning mark, he also is starting to run into form and his recent 3 length defeat over a sharp 5f which clearly doesn’t suit needs marking up, dropped 3lb and back up to 6f she’ll show a much better showing and should be in the mix off a dangerous mark and good draw. Michael Dods has just the one runner to focus on and teams up with Tom Eaves who he has a great partnership with a +£63.32 level stake profit the last 5 years also Tom has a positive LSP at the course for an extra plus.
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3.20 1m4f Class 5 Handicap – Distant Chimes 11/10
Very lightly raced 4yo, with just the 5 runs to his name and just the 2 in handicaps, he broke his duck LTO on his first attempt at this distance leaving him looking very well in off a mark of 68 after racing keen early on in a competitive looking 0-85 race, he’s due to go up 7lbs for that victory but gets away with a 5lb penalty which leaves him well in alone, this is a much easier looking 0-75 race. Luke Morris is back in the saddle who was on his last victory and is good current form, he rides Lingfield well and has a good 20% strike rate with trainer Sir Mark Prescott who himself has recently shot to form this month and is one to keep onside with a well handicapped looking yard after a bad start to the season.
4.00 5f Class 3 Handicap – Heritage 5/4
This filly broke her duck impressively at Bath on her penultimate run beating a 74 rated rival by over 7 lengths recording a super quick time taking into account she was eased down in the finish, from there she confirmed that promise when beating a small but decent form field over the extended 5f sprint trip which she encounters again today, she again dictated the pace not long after the break and had them all in trouble before half way and the win was never in doubt to record another quick time. She has to contend with a 6lb penalty in a tougher race but visually looks so much better than what she’s encountered so far and should take the rise with ease, Liam Keniry is back onboard as on like her last 2 victories and not only gets on well with the filly but is in hot form himself with a 21% strike rate the last 2 weeks, not usually called upon by trainer Clive Cox who himself is great current form and has a good record with his chances at Bath.
8.20 1m2f Class 5 Fillies Handicap – Perfect Grace 9/4
Was a little unlucky the start of the month on reappearance in her first handicap not to claim her first win with fitness looking a little against and was caught close home, but she quickly put that behind her when making all NTO and never looking in doubt after being very well supported, she goes up 7lb for the victory and is in a deeper race but visually looked so much better than this and should take the rise with ease, she has a nice draw and Hollie Doyle is booked once again who rode her last 2 runs, she’s in great current form and has a good relationship with trainer Archie Watson who himself has a good record at Leicester and sends 3 with excellent chances to the course with a great shout at a hat trick.
4.15 7f Class 4 Handicap – Engrossed 10/3
Won a good novice event over C&D in December beating Regal Banner rated 72 and a very well bred Clerisy back in 3rd now rated 85, Engrossed got a mark of 72 after a below par run under a penalty at Kempton NTO, she nearly took advantage of what looked a very lenient mark in her first handicap race again back over this C&D. LTO, she was very unfortunate that day and had to cover a lot of ground coming widest of all to try and catch the winner that had the run of the race, with not a lot coming from off the pace showed how hard it was that day also to mark up Engrossed effort somewhat. She even took a nice boost with the 3rd Molly Mai over a length away winning NTO, plus Symphony back in 4th winning since and further behind have gone close since also giving the form a nice look. Engrossed is raised 3lbs for that effort which on her last effort is very fair, she’s entered against her elders today which leaves her looking very unexposed against this weak exposed field and gets the services of top jockey Oisin Murphy for the first time who won this race last year, he’s having a fine season and has a great set of rides today at a course he thrives at, he’s already notched up 13 winners here this season from 52 runs, a cool 25% strike rate, so would be no surprise to see him come away with a few wins today.
6.20 6f Class 2 Handicap – Intuitive 2/1
Clearly loves the polytrack with 2 wins from 3 attempts and was unlucky not to make that a perfect 3 from 3 when just just beat by half a length over this C&D, he was caught in a little bit of a barging match early and when the pace picked up he was caught in a little bit of a pocket, so his close loss can go down as very unfortunate, he’s raised a lb for that while the winner Alkaraama is raised 3lbs, so not only more luck in running enough to reverse the form but is also weighted to get the better of Alkarrama today and both up against a more exposed field a big plus. Intuitive also gets a jockey boost with De Sousa taking the reigns for the first time, he loves Chelmsford and is currently on a 26% strike rate this season here, trainer James Tate doesn’t use the jockey often and is the first time this season he’s reached out for Silvestre which is significant, James is having a excellent season to date with 45 winners, a 26% strike rate with a positive level stake profit and an even better 31% strike rate the last 2 weeks, he’s had 6 winners at Chelmsford this year from 19 tries (32% strike rate) with a +£13.13 LSP.
8.20 7f Class 4 Handicap – Chatham House 9/4
A very weak race that won’t take much winning and Chatham House gets the services of top jockey Ryan Moore for the first time is very eye catching, the gelding is a 9 race maiden but has just the 2 runs to his name in handicap company, the latest taking the eye from a bad draw at Chester, he had a lot to do when turning into the straight at Chester with a notorious short run in so the odds was stacked well against him but clearly the best horse in the field that day he done remarkable to get as close as he did (4th) with the form taking a good boost with the 2nd Harvey Dent winning NTO, Chatham looked a clear winner in waiting after that performance and will prefer a fairer track like Chelmsford, plus as mentioned gets the services of Ryan Moore will be a big plus and is in good current form and there is no better jockey at Chelmsford with a fantastic 36% career strike rate at the course with a +£51 LSP to boot.
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A nice treble on the blog yesterday, be nice to hit another today.
1.50 1m5f Group 3 Bahrain Trophy – Eagles By Day 9/4
A great pedigree, the dams sire Golan won the Guineas at Newmarket and placed behind Galileo in both the English and Irish Derby’s, Eagles dam Missunited was very smart herself with 11 wins to her name, which included a Group 3 win and was runner up in Royal Ascot’s Group 1 Gold Cup showing plenty of stamina, also Eagles superstar sire Sea the Stars won the Guineas at Newmarket before winning both the Derby’s and also adding the Arc to his prestigious list of 7 Group 1 victories and unbeaten 3yo career. Eagles By Day latest run when 3rd in the King Edward at Royal Ascot is easily the strongest piece of form and put behind him his tame effort in the Lingfield Derby trial on soft ground, clearly liking the sounder surface he stayed on one of the strongest in the race and on that evidence will love this step up in trip on faster ground in a weaker race looks a very tough but to crack. Trainer Michael Bell is having a good season and is in great current form, he books Daniel Tudhope who knows the colt well and is is also in great current form with 19 winners the last fortnight (28% strike rate).
2.25 6f July Stakes Group 2 – Visinari 1/1
Visinari looked like a 3yo not just in stature but when highly impressive on his debut over C&D beating a race experienced short priced fav Ottoman Court by over 3 lengths practically on the bridle with the rest of the field 15+ lengths back, the form of the race has also worked out very well. Visinari sire Dark Angel won the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes over the Newmarket Rowley 6 furlongs at 2 and his son looks more of a monster and even more forward, a very exciting future looks to lay ahead for trainer Mark Johnstone’s colt who also is having a great season, his best so far to date and hit 27 winners the last fortnight with a sweet 26% strike rate, he has a good record at Newmarket and significantly books Frankie Dettori who not only does he not rely on the talented jockeys services often but Frankie is simply riding out of his skin at present, he had a breathtaking Royal Ascot and carried on his form with a awesome 50% strike rate the last 2 weeks hitting doubles and trebles and is the guy you simply want to be on at present.
3.55 5f Class 5 Handicap – Celsius 6/4
Improved tons for the gelding operation over the winter and has won his last 2 from 3 with his loss coming after handing badly and coming a close 2nd, his last win was last week in a class 4 at Haydock, plenty went wrong, he was awkward out of the stalls and was keen and green, he hit in running troubles twice but still powered away and won easily in the end, clearly very ahead of the handicapper at present. He obviously has plenty of chinks thou and not one to fully rely upon, but still learning his craft and if his learnt a little from his last race he should be far too good for these carrying a 6lb penalty down in grade.
4.00 2m Class 4 Handicap – Lever Du Soleil 11/10
Rated 125 over hurdles earlier this year took full advantage of his mark of 54 on the flat when recording back to back victories, the last off 59 when beating Sbraase who looks looks very well handicapped on past form and is great form when chasing a hat trick, they pulled over 7 lengths clear of the rest of the field leaving them both looking well ahead of the handicapper, LDS goes up another 6lb in his attempt of a hat trick but not only on last display but 60lbs less than his hurdling mark compared to the usual 35lbs rule of thumb leaves him looking still around 25lbs well in, the last display was also over a sharp 1m5f and the way he stayed on them this step back up to 2 miles will be a big benefit. Yet to run at Catterick but on form he handles all course characteristics, trainer Gavin Cromwell is in superb current form with a 31% strike rate the last 2 weeks and his chances on British shores are always to take note especially on the flat where he operates with huge 32% strike rate the last 5 years, a cool +11.53 level stake profit which his added to this year with a 50% strike rate 3 from 6 tries, albeit 2 from this gelding. Clifford Lee is booked again whose ridden his last 2 winners and is excellent current form and grabbed himself 4 winners from his last 8 rides the past 7 days. This is a quick turnaround having only raced 2 days ago and was fairly ridden to claim the win so is a big worry he may be a little jaded, but if still in good spirits, will be very hard to beat.
4.20 6f Class 2 Handicap – Raucous 5/2
Has the joint highest weight on his back with 10 stone which is eased a little with Cieren Fallon handily taking 5lbs off who is well worth his claim. The gelding was rated as high as 106 in his prime for William Haggas and hasn’t quite lived up to expectation since joining Robert Cowell last spring with just the 1 win to his name from a mark of 90, however is very consistent with a string of places in some hot races, most notably LTO when 4th in Royal Ascots Wokingham competitive 26 runner field under Fallon Jr, running anything like that today in this much weaker race leaves him the one they all have to beat.
6.00 1m2f Class 6 Handicap – Perfect Grace 6/5
Big eye catching performance over course and distance when just beat towards the line by previous winning and fav Sadlers Beach by a neck, that was off the back of 137 day break and in her first try in handicap company, entitled to come on from that plenty and is due to go up 4lbs in future races but escapes that here being turned out quickly. Trainer Archie Watson is good current form with 10 winners the last fortnight, he books Hollie Doyle who he has a good partnership ship with and she was on fillies back LTO when just missing out on the win.