Sunday 2 August 2020
Class 5 | 7f | Good (Good to Firm in places) | 11 Runners | Turf
Off time: 13:46 | Winning time: 1m 30.03s
Struck in a small-field affair on the AW at Kempton (1m, Class 3) in February, but less proficient on turf (is rated 19lb lower); has twice done too much from the front (over 1m) since returning from lockdown; unlikely.
Won twice over 5f on the AW (Chelmsford and Newcastle) during the course of 2019; stayed on stoutly from off the pace (on his first attempt at this trip) to spring a 22-1 surprise over C&D ten days ago; 6lb higher.
Broadly consistent in all four starts (2273); was short of room at a crucial stage on handicap debut when finishing a keeping on third to Gypsy Whisper over C&D (good to firm) ten days ago; rates as one of the likeliest candidates.
Shamardal colt (100,000gns yearling); made a winning debut for David Lanigan in a muddling 7f novice at Yarmouth (good to firm); ran okay (sixth) on first start for William Knight at Salisbury latest - form tested earlier by Fair Praise (1.10pm).
Pipped Hughie Morrison's Elmetto on the post when breaking her maiden at Kempton (7f) in November; soon beaten (22-1) in a competitive Class 4 contest on handicap debut at Newmarket (7f, good); this looks more realistic.
Still seeking that ever elusive breakthrough win (0-11); wasn't too far away (fifth to Eshaasy) in a Class 3 C&D handicap on his penultimate start; was done no favours by the rain-softened ground at Haydock (1m) subsequently.
Twice finished runner-up on the AW (Chelmsford and Wolverhampton) before again taking minor honours in a Yarmouth fillies' maiden (7f, good to firm) latest; others make more appeal for win purposes; handicap debut.
Narrow winner of a 6f fillies' maiden at Kempton last October; has raced lazily on both subsequent starts, including at Windsor latest; no great surprise to see that the blinkers are now applied; first attempt at 7f.
Poor win ratio (1-24); closing third (beaten 2½L) to shock winner Colonel Whitehead over C&D latest; James Doyle takes over in the saddle from fellow high profile jockey William Buick; stablemate of Dutch Story.
Versatile in terms of underfoot conditions (winner on both good to firm and heavy ground); was narrowly beaten by Ginger Max at Yarmouth (7f) in early June; 2lb higher in newly-applied headgear.
Steadily progressive (race by race) and made a good fist of things in going down by 1¼L to Wilfy over C&D (good) 17 days ago; another similar effort (from a 1lb higher mark) should see him positively involved.
Blessed (3/1), What An Angel (5/1), Colonel Whitehead (6/1), Pinnata (13/2), Alfie Solomons (15/2), Claudius Secundus (9/1), Dutch Story (12/1), Tambourine Girl (16/1), Don't Tell Claire (18/1), With Promise (18/1), Penpal (28/1)
- Claudius Secundus
- Colonel Whitehead