2:00 Bath (6th May)

A restricted auction maiden with a couple of interesting form horses.

Royal Desert is a lovely looking colt and ran two creditable races. In a lowly auction race he will have his supporters and most likely put the majority of these in their place. The concern with this colt by Pastoral Pursuits is that he can take a good while to get going and may be susceptible to being outpaced by a speedy type and having to chase the hare. His last run at Leicester was run at a crazy pace and the three leaders really stopped to a crawl that day and Royal Desert seemingly sprouted wings. I think this colt would be better suited by 6f although in a limited race of this nature he could still run a race.

I think Curtains will be very tough to beat here. A big filly with plenty of scope for improvement she didn't have much idea or luck on debut and in ways was an unlucky loser having been hampered at a crucial part of the race. Dow's two-year-old could be a fair horse and may lead Royal Desert a merry dancing if he struggles to go the pace. This filly has a very good chance.

Of the others, Yer Woman has been entered for a stakes race, which may give additional hope although the jockey bookings don't look too appealing.

A watching race.
Folletta (NR)

Race review: 'An easy win for Royal Desert in what turned out to be a poor race. Channon's colt deserved this win as he got on with his race and showed his strong finish to seal the victory. Yer Woman wasn't given a hard race and looked in need of the run. I can see her improving a good deal. The disappointment of the race was Curtains. It will be interesting to see whether this was her true running or just a below par performance. The jury is out at the moment. I thought Dow's filly had more ability than this and in truth it wasn't a very competitive event.'


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