Check out our race-by-race verdicts and nap selection for Thursday's meeting at Golden Gate Fields.
2045 (All times BST) Unusually Green has won three of his last four outings for the meets leading trainer but the consistent ON THE KEY should give him plenty to think about in this. The latter won nicely here last time when recording his best speed figure of the year so far and Manuel Badilla’s yard is firing-in the winners. Journey To Run disappointed dropped in class recently but Maxinamillion returns to a mile and has the past form to get involved. Native Chieftain and Magic Rate will need to be at their very best to figure.
2116 I C Fire finished runner-up here last time and should confirm running with third-placed Oh What A Ride. Firstclasstoparis drops in class but has yet to race over this far while Sweet Sarah Bear also has something to prove over today’s trip judged on her latest attempt though that came in better company than this. SALSA VERDE was fancied to go close shipping-in from Santa Anita on her latest start but could only manage third. This looks easier and Paul Aguirre’s filly may prove the one to side with.
2148 NO SPIN ZONE was having his first outing since December when only fourth over track and trip. Claimed by the in-form Isidro Tamayo on that occasion, she’ll be sharper today and a bold bid is expected. Lacey’s Rainbow missed out on a hat-trick here last time though beat Hammy Time earlier while Girlsintheoffice finished third behind a subsequent winner over a longer trip back in February and Sierra Sunrise is preferred given her current good form.
2219 This is tougher than the claimer Malibu Alex won here in March but Aalsmeer has beaten Sunday Nap and Going Away Party in the past and finished ahead of CANADA when going close in this grade last time. However, the latter has come on for that outing having just missed out on his latest start and can go one better in this representing a trainer with an impressive strike rate at the track. Uncle Hal won over track and trip when last competing at this lower level and looks a threat on that form.
2252 Silver Fury finished in front of Ice Or Fire when runner-up last time but a wide draw has done him no favours and BILLTOWN BANNER is preferred. The latter just failed to haul-in the winner here recently with Clifton Hollow back in third and Manuel Badilla’s charge gets another chance. Darkhawk drops in class while Muskoka has been gelded since last in action at Santa Anita and Cyber returns from a lengthy absence having been off the track for nearly a year.
2322 Splashing can usually be relied on to run her race and is preferred to Side Effect and the latter’s stablemate Please Do. She also finished ahead of Pure Perfection when scoring on the main track here in January and the latter went on to finish second with Everybody Does It in close attendance. But EXACTAMENTE (NAP) has an impressive strike rate on the Turf and won over a shorter trip when last on this surface. A prolific winner over today’s distance in the past, Cliff DeLima’s mare is fancied to return to winning ways in this.
2352 My Friend George has the best recent form having won here before finishing ahead of Askin’ For Trouble when runner-up last time. He also beat DYNAMITE RIDE a length when scoring here last year but has a wide draw to contend with on this occasion and the latter is fancied to take revenge having recently returned from over a year off the track. Elevate is another with the past form to go close though has yet to rediscover his best so far this year.
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