An EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes over 5f 216y on Standard going. Thirteen two-year-olds take part. Nine raced, four making their debut. A couple of interesting fillies from William Haggas and one from Richard Fahey.
Unless there is something of a surprise this looks out of five horses, at most. The betting is the best guide to Sir Mark Prescott's Cline. This daughter of Pivotal out of a Listed placed mare, she was sent to the breeze-up sales but withdrawn. Very few of the debutantes from Heath House win when priced over 13/2 SP. If strong in the betting, it would be a sign of confidence. Unlikely, in my opinion, but time will tell.
Dismantle has claims but I prefer the trio of hopes.
Symposium, Field Of Stars & Amber Mystique are potentially smart juveniles. All are held in some regard by their respective trainers.
It's interesting if not puzzling why Haggas has entered his two charges considering *Field Of Stars holds an entry to run at Yarmouth on Tuesday. The ground at the seaside course is firm so perhaps that has led to this dilemma. This home bred daughter of Acclamation is out of a winning mare for owners Lael Stables [pictured]. This January foal was made favourite on debut at Nottingham over 5f on good to soft ground. She was very well backed from 4/1 - 7/4 but inexperience and most likely insufficient trip made this juvenile look laboured, plugging on in the closing stages, but never really competitive. This step up in distance and a substantial lay off could see a different horse. From a statistical point of view she is slightly favoured to win than her stablemate. However, Field Of Stars doesn't hold any significant Group entries which can be noted for the stable's additional hope.
Symposium caught the eye on debut. This daughter of Exceed And Excel cost 70,000GNS at the yearling sales and races in the silks of The Royal Ascot Racing Club. This chestnut filly is a good specimen. She was backed at Newbury but started at odds of 9/1 suggesting she held claims but likely to progress markedly from that initial start. The form of that race is respectable. It is encouraging she holds an entry for the Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1), one of five juveniles for Sommerville Lodge. As far as flashy entries go, she is not one of the major hopes but still a juvenile of interest.
Last but not least is Richard Fahey's Amber Mystique. This January foal, a daughter of Sakhee is out of a multiple-winning mare who wasn't quite Listed class. She ran well on debut, especially when considering such a tardy start which really put pay to her winning. Continental Lady made a pleasing start to here career, if not a touch disappointing when stepped up in class. What caught my eye is the fact she was one of just three horses the trainer entered for the Convivial Maiden Stakes at York. That is a significant pointer.
Conclusion: It is difficult to separate the three major hopes. I'm intrigued to see if both the Haggas juveniles race or whether there is a late non runner. As noted, Field Of stars holds the edge on stats but Symposium looks the part physically. If Field Of Stars drifted outside 13/2 betting guide it would be a negative in my humble opinion. Amber Mystique should improve a good deal. I would look for an each way bet from the second or third favourite because they should be placed and I'd cross my fingers for a win. If Field of Stars is particularly weak in the betting I'd take a watching brief with that horse. Intriguing race.
*Field Of Stars - NR - Taking the option to run at Yarmouth tomorrow. Makes sense.