Our resident tipster Man On The Spot previews day three of the Dante meeting which makes up Friday's £50,000 Pick 7 game.
Richard Fahey has won this twice in the last six years, including 12 months ago. He runs the Dark Angel filly Maggies Angel, who comfortably beat Mount Victoria and Che Bella when favourite on her debut at Ripon. FORMIDABLE KITT is out of Ceiling Kitty, who won this Listed sprint in 2012 for Tom Dascombe. Richard Kingscote’s mount probably got lonely out in front when making all at Newmarket and was value for more than her winning margin – she looks a speedy filly. Izzy Bizu and Main Desire also won on their respective debuts at Catterick and Nottingham and Kentish Waltz was successful at Chantilly last month so looks the pick of the remainder.
This doesn’t look to be the strongest renewal of this Listed contest and On Her Toes has the form in the book having won in this grade at Sandown last summer before finishing third in the Sweet Solera at Newmarket in August. Others have more scope, however, including Sibilance who is two from two, though has yet to run on Turf. Princess De Lune was a very easy winner of a 7f maiden at Newbury and could be anything but DANCING BREEZE is also open to plenty of improvement. Despite being keen, she made a winning start at Newmarket and her sister enjoyed soft going – she is also a half-sister to a Group 3 winner in Ireland. Newbury scorer Mulhimatty is out of a Pivotal mare so should also handle conditions.
Dartmouth ended last season with a fine run in the Canadian International. He had the classy Simple Verse behind when winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot last summer and won’t be far away if handling the ground. It was fast ground when Clever Cookie won this last year but Peter Niven’s stable star is even more effective on this easier surface and has to be respected. Last year’s St Leger fourth Muntahaa shouldn’t be ignored either while Marmelo won a Group 3 at Chantilly on his reappearance and will handle conditions. ENDLESS TIME gave weight and a beating to Simple Verse as a three-year-old but really came into her own last year. The Godolphin mare, who doesn’t have much to find on official ratings, won the Lancashire Oaks on soft going in July and was later placed in Group 1 contests at Chantilly and Saint-Cloud so gets the nod.
Ashkoul was behind all-the-way winner Fidaawy at Doncaster last month but the latter is unproven on going this soft and Mike Appleby’s charge is 5lb better off and looks to be hitting form, though was behind Cymro at Pontefract on his first run for new connections. Southdown Lad beat Cymro on soft ground at Newbury in September but was later behind Soldier In Action at Goodwood. Mark Johnston’s top weight won over hurdles over the winter but only beat one home back on the Flat at Musselburgh. GIBBS HILL won’t be fazed by a switch back to Turf after winning in a canter on Tapeta. He looks highly progressive so should absorb a 9lb rise and he did win on soft going at Sandown last July. Leicester winner Burguillos looks to have a lot more on his plate today.
Shypen, Carolinae and Bint Arcano have all won on the all-weather this year and are much better on artificial surfaces. Lavetta would be a poignant winner and she should be all the better for her run at Newmarket, where she was a little keen, but HELLS BABE looks the one to be on. Back to winning ways under a positive ride at Doncaster last month, she has Ali Rawlinson’s claim in her favour today and can confirm Town Moor running with second and third, Florenza and Company Asset, despite worse terms. Lil Sophella is only 2lb higher than when winning this last year but is having her first outing of the campaign.
A wide-open sprint in which most look to have a chance of sorts, though the going is an unknown for a few of the fancied runners including Justanotherbottle, Major Jumbo and Dakota Gold. Computable may well reverse Thirsk running with the latter on 6lb better terms and should again beat third Jack Flash, fourth Tahoo and fifth Megan Lily. SAVANNAH’S DREAM (NAP) finally got her head in front in a four-runner Thirsk maiden earlier this month and that should have boosted confidence. She was second in the Windsor Castle at Ascot last year on soft going and third over 6f in a very lucrative sales race here in August and looks thrown in on a mark of 83 on that form. Boundsy could benefit from Sammy Jo Bell’s claim and has each-way possibilities after a pipe-opener at Nottingham.
Swiftsure was second on soft going on his debut last year but disappointed subsequently and looks to have his fair share of weight on his handicap debut. Investigation only had two rivals at Yarmouth but Lord Commander has to go on the short-list as he’s been edging closer to a first victory. Bedouin was staying on over 1m2f at Nottingham so should appreciate the extra, though has been raised 3lb. ALQAMAR was beaten at odds-on on his final start at Redcar last year but still finished well ahead of Taxmeifyoucan. Conditions won’t be a problem and he’s fitted with cheekpieces on his first try over 1m4f. Brimham Rocks won a small race at Wolverhampton earlier this month but had shown little on Turf previously.