2:00 Yarmouth (28th August) - Result


Appointee

An EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes over 6f 3y on soft ground.

An interesting re-match between *Alhira and Appointee, a selection of form horses and well-bred newcomers.

Just a neck separated Alhira and Appointee when they competed in a fair maiden at Newmarket earlier this month. The latter trained by John Gosden started odds-on favourite, after showing ability on debut when chasing home two very talented juveniles in Discourse and Gamilati. This daughter of Exceed And Excel was no match for Besito, but held a big advantage over Alhira at the furlong pole. David Simcock's debutante ran on well to the line, beating Appointee by a narrow margin. It is intriguing to assess these two runners today. Alhira is an attractive filly, a strong sort, who is likely to progress from that run. If that is the case, many will consider she has the upper hand. However, that point has to be balanced with the question whether Appointee paid the price for trying to win at Newmarket, tiring in the final furlong. Considering Appointee was susceptible to the late challenge of Alhira, and soft ground conditions, Buick may play a waiting game endeavouring to save something for the finish.

It could be a close call between the pair.

Of the others, Silke Top improved a good deal on her debut effort. The form of her second start at Windsor is fair and Jarvis' youngster rallied well in the closing stages. She could sneak into a place.

Mahmood Al Zarooni won this race last year with the very talented, but ill-fated, Finoon. Teth, will need a transformation after showing little ability on debut at Windsor. In fairness, she was very inexperienced but much more will be needed to have any hope. One to watch.

Of the unraced, Classic Falcon has been well backed on the exchanges. A 180,000gns purchase and half sister to the talented Dingle View, this daughter of Dubawi makes interesting reading. Haggis often sends his better two-year-olds to run at Yarmouth. In fact, many go well at speculative prices. However, in general his juveniles improve with racing and he doesn't feature the best strike rate with debutantes. It would take a gifted juvenile to beat the two major fancies on debut and for that reason I would take a watching brief.

Conclusion: This looks a re-match between Alhira and Appointee. The ground could well be the deciding factor. With natural improvement the former may have stronger claims. However, Appointee may have been beaten at Newmarket for trying to win the race and tiring at the finish. To counter that argument, Alhira was inexperienced, running on, and could well be a talented juvenile. That's the gamble. Gosden may employ a different game plan today. They are unlikely to fall victim by going a stride to fast, so there may be hope of reversing the form. Appointee has respectable place claims and a fighting chance of a win. Alhira - if a talent - will be a tough nut to crack. An intriguing race.

*NR

HCE: ''Clive Brittain decided it was high time he gave Robinson a winner. Hey presto, Alsindi - heavily backed - cruises past the opposition clearly enjoying the seaside air to win impressively. Silke Top had shown promise last time and held a healthy advantage over Darling Grace. Appointee led for a good way but dropped out as if not enjoying these softer conditions.''

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