Clean to land winning blow
Nick Grant previews Sunday's meetings in the UK and Ireland, incuding the cards at Ffos Las and Bath.
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BATH: 2.10 Saint Irene, 2.40 Barista, 3.10 Outbid, 3.40 Bajan Bear, 4.10 Iguacu, 4.40 Miracle Maid, 5.10 Josie's Dream, 5.40 Inffiraaj.
FFOS LAS: 2.30 Jillnextdoor, 3.00 Sarahmanda, 3.30 CLEAN BLOW (NAP), 4.00 Fillionaire, 4.30 Pearl Blue, 5.00 Finesse, 5.30 Spic 'n Span.
LISTOWEL: 2.20 Top Man Michael, 2.50 Rattan, 3.20 Connaught Major, 3.50 Tellherimnothere, 4.20 Cairdin, 4.50 Kalellshan, 5.20 Bonobo.
DOUBLE: Clean Blow and Fillionaire.
Clean Blow looks certain to improve now she is sent handicapping and is the pick in the Carlsberg Nursery at Ffos Las.
In truth, it is a little surprising David Brown's filly is still a maiden given the promise she showed on her debut at Windsor in July.
That run saw her finish third to Hoyam, who only a few days earlier had run second in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.
Fourth at Wolverhampton next time but not done any favours by the draw, there was not a lot wrong with second on her latest start at Warwick.
An initial mark of 70 should see her firmly involved if reproducing the best of what she has shown so far.
Fillionaire merits an interest in the Double Dragon "National Ale of Wales" Handicap.
Mick Channon's three-year-old is a course and distance winner, and returns to her best trip of six furlongs after looking a non-stayer in a strong race at Salisbury.
Dropped 1lb for that, she remains on a reasonable mark and is likely to find conditions more or less ideal.
Spic 'n Span has claims for Ron Harris in the Holsten Vier Handicap.
The seven-year-old rarely runs a bad race here, as witnessed by a course and distance triumph on his penultimate start.
He had excuses when a beaten favourite at Chepstow and while the progressive Lizzy's Dream is the obvious danger, the Harris runner should not be dismissed as a value option.
Outbid looked a definite future winner when catching the eye on her debut and should oblige in the Bathwick Tyres Newport Median Auction Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Bath.
Jamie Osborne's charge picked up nicely late in the day in a similar race at Folkestone won by the odds-on Cut No Ice, who brought solid credentials to the table from the big tracks.
The Auction House filly will be suited by facing this best part of another furlong.
That Josie's Dream has crept up the handicap for a run of three seconds must be slightly infuriating for the Jo Hughes team given the four-year-old remains a maiden.
But he is evidently going the right way and that progression will hopefully continue in the Bathwick Tyres Gloucester Handicap.
His last effort saw him keep on determinedly over an inadequate trip and J-P Guillambert takes over in the saddle.
Clive Cox's Miracle Maid should be hard to beat in the Bathwick Tyres Cardiff Maiden Stakes.
The three-year-old started off the campaign in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket, which gives an indication she was thought above average.