3:35 Bath (16th October) Horse Racing Tips/Result

An EBF Maiden Stakes over 5f11y on good ground. A rare visitor for Bryan Smart, who hasn't had a runner at this course for at least five years. This chestnut colt by Exceed And Excel cost £95,000 and half-brother to the useful Mary Read, a family the trainer knows well. Exceedance was sent off a 2/1 favourite when competing at Musselburgh on debut in May but disappointed and has not been seen since. Smart has been quoted as holding this youngster in some regard and with travelling so far afield it would suggest a big run is expected today.

Yeeoow didn't show a great deal of ability on his first two starts but he was expected to go well at Wolverhampton but nothing went right that day. This bonny little colt showed he has ability when backed from big odds at York and for much of that race held every chance of winning. On balance that was probably no more than an average contest for a grade one course but the Burke team are very good at placing their juveniles and has a fighting chance.

Sheer Vanity hasn't done much wrong although has a tendency to be slightly slow away from the stalls. Ed McMahon is a superb trainer and this American-bred, although looking as if it needs a further trip, doesn't lack for speed. I can imagine this two-year-old being held up off the pace and running on at the finish.

Conclsuion: It is difficult to pick betwen these three juveniles. Exceedance has proven little as yet but there should be much better to come today and long term Smart's two-year-old could be the class act. Yeeoow ran much better last time although that race may not have been as competitive as it looked but should go well. Sheer Vanity probably sets the standard on form and may finish with some vigour although a tardy start would not be to his benefit. All three have win and place claims. However, it is unlikely any will attain such a price to allow an each way wager.


HCE: ''An eventful race. Exceedance done himself no favours by pulling and although holding a fair lead tired in the final furlong to finish fourth. The debutante, Rafeej, was well backed and ran on well to win with Sheer Vanity in second and Yeeoow third. The latter clipped heels and was lucky to stand on his feet let alone hit the frame.''

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