Kodiva to confirm promise

  • By: Ashley Iveson
  • Last Updated: August 11 2014, 19:57 BST

Ashley Iveson says Kodiva should make the long trip up to Ayr worthwhile on Monday - he has a tip in every race.

Charlie Hills: Has a promising sort in Kodiva
Charlie Hills: Has a promising sort in Kodiva


AYR: 2.30 KODIVA (NAP), 3.00 Starlite Jewel, 3.30 Blue Sonic, 4.00 Hanalei Bay, 4.30 Findog, 5.00 Saxonette, 5.30 Hold The Line, 6.05 Modify.

BALLINROBE: 5.20 Bog War, 5.50 Pirate Cove, 6.20 Santo Romano, 6.50 Storm Away, 7.20 Shutter Island, 7.55 Steel King, 8.25 Hash Brown.

THIRSK: 5.25 Beat The Shower, 6.00 Bright Flash, 6.30 Aussie Ruler, 7.00 Meadway, 7.30 Benidorm, 8.00 Arrowzone, 8.30 Cagoule.

WINDSOR: 5.40 Lindart, 6.10 Steal The Scene, 6.40 Mon Cigar, 7.10 Taper Tantrum, 7.40 Perfect Cracker, 8.10 Welsh Inlet.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.15 Dolorous, 2.45 Low Cut Affair, 3.15 Free Entry, 3.45 Solarmaite, 4.15 Bereka, 4.45 Fajry, 5.15 All The Winds.

DOUBLE: Kodiva and Bright Flash

Kodiva looked a winner waiting to happen on her racecourse debut at Glorious Goodwood a week and a half ago and rates banker material in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Ayr.

The very fact that she made her introduction on such a big stage suggests she has shown trainer Charlie Hills plenty at home, with her Group One entries for later in the campaign also indicating she is better than your average two-year-old.

The daughter of Kodiac was not a cheap yearling purchase at 100,000 guineas and connections have had to wait a while to see her make her competitive bow, but she could hardly have shaped with more promise in defeat.

Kodiva was not without her supporters on the Sussex Downs and ran a blinder to fill the runner-up spot behind the form horse and favourite Shagah, who had already shown a good level of ability in two previous appearances.

The Hills runner is bound to improve and a comprehensive victory in Scotland will leave the team eyeing far bigger prizes for later in the year.

Hanalei Bay has plenty of resolution to go with a fair degree of talent, making him an attractive betting proposition in the Salt House Handicap.

After finishing either second or third on seven of his first 12 starts, the Keith Dalgleish-trained four-year-old was not winning out of turn when signing off for 2013 with victory at Wolverhampton in early December and he has picked up where he left off this term.

Following a perfectly satisfactory comeback at Hamilton, Hanalei Bay was successful over this course and distance and his progress has continued with a third placed finish at Carlisle and another visit to the winner's enclosure at Hamilton a little over a week ago.

The way he knuckled down to get the verdict last time was particularly encouraging and while the handicapper is bound to catch up with him before too long, he is capable of finding the bullseye at least once more and this looks an excellent opportunity.

The other afternoon meeting comes from Wolverhampton, with racing taking place on the brand new Tapeta surface at Dunstall Park for the first time.

Assuming she handles to the change of terrain, Free Entry ought to make it third time lucky in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

James Tate's juvenile was beaten just a nose by an odds-on shot on her debut at Beverley in early May and was odds-on herself to go one better at Carlisle a month later.

Although she let down her supporters, she was probably just unlucky to come up against a potential black type filly in Effusive, whose only subsequent appearance came in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

There is nothing of that calibre in the field as Free Entry makes her all-weather debut and with Kieren Fallon in the plate, she is expected to get the job done.

Bright Flash should be followed at Thirsk's evening fixture, making her second start in the Racing UK Anywhere Available Now Maiden Auction Stakes.

Like the aforementioned Kodiva, Bright Flash was thrown in the deep end on her first appearance at Glorious Goodwood and after blowing the start she faced an uphill task to get back into contention.

Although she was unable to land a telling blow, there was a lot to like about the way she came home to finish fourth.

She will perhaps benefit from stepping up from six to seven furlongs and will surely be involved in the finish.

Michael Bell's impressive Sandown scorer Taper Tantrum can make a winning start to his handicap career under Ryan Moore in the Ghost Nursery at Windsor.