Friday 18 September 2020
Western House Hotel Handicap (Div 2)
Class 5 | 1m | Good to Soft (Soft in places) | 11 Runners | Turf
Off time: 17:27 | Winning time: 1m 43.28s
C&D winner. Respectable third of 13 in handicap at Hamilton (8.3f, soft, 15/2) 48 days ago, running on. Won at this meeting 12 months ago and she has to be taken seriously again.
Career best when winning 12-runner handicap at Musselburgh (1m) 12 days ago by 4½ lengths from Chinese Spirit, suited by way race developed. Clearly back in excellent order and respected.
Respectable fifth of 9 in handicap at Hamilton (11.1f) 17 days ago, his stamina possibly stretched late on. Worth treating as still in form and claims back at 1m.
Cheekpieces on for 1st time, improved on recent efforts to win 13-runner handicap at Musselburgh (1m) 12 days ago. He's one to be interested in again if headgear continues to have desired effect.
Course winner. 40/1, ninth of 14 in handicap at Thirsk (7f, good) 4 days ago, unable to sustain effort. Handicapper proving slow to relinquish his grip and others make more appeal.
Latest win at Wolverhampton in March. Bit below form fifth of 9 in handicap at Wolverhampton (8.6f) 4 days ago. Application of blinkers may put an edge on him and booking of Curtis catches the eye.
Career best when winning 13-runner handicap (33/1) at this course (7.2f, good to soft) 1 day ago. Has to be respected on the back of that if turned out quickly.
Course winner here in August. 9/2, failed to confirm previous step forward when ninth of 12 in handicap at Catterick (7f, heavy) 10 days ago. Bounce back called for.
2 wins from 5 runs this year. Latest win at Hamilton in August. 5/4, below form in hat-trick bid when seventh of 12 in handicap at Newcastle (10.2f) 10 days ago. Not one to write off back down in trip
C&D winner. Latest win at Musselburgh in August. Creditable fifth of 13 in handicap (7/2) at Musselburgh (8f, good) 6 days ago. Cheekpieces on 1st time.
Cassy O (10/3), Ralphy Boy Two (9/2), Temper Trap (11/2), My Ukulele (6/1), Star Of St James (17/2), Donnelly's Rainbow (9/1), Merricourt (12/1), Alioski (14/1), Chinese Spirit (14/1), Beverley Bullet (14/1), Oriental Lilly (14/1), Lucky Violet (33/1), Forever A Lady (40/1)
An ultra-competitive finale with the vote in favour of RALPHY BOY TWO. A steadily progressive 3-y-o handicapper on balance, it's feasible to think 11f stretched his stamina at Hamilton latest and he appeals as being on a handy mark. Donnelly's Rainbow, My Ukulele and Merricourt head up the dangers, in that order, though Cassy O is now highly respected after his career-best win here on Thursday.
- RALPHY BOY TWO (IRE)
- DONNELLY'S RAINBOW (IRE)
- MY UKULELE (IRE)