A Maiden Auction Stakes over 7f 32y on standard going. Eleven two-year-olds take part: five colts, six fillies. Nine horses have experience ranging from lightly-raced juveniles to a couple of wisened campaigners.
Not the easiest race to assess.
Jamie Osborne is a talented trainer who knows the capabilities of his two-year-olds and looks to be getting the amunition to fire in a few winners, which hopefully will continue over the next seasons. In general, his debutents have a poor strike rate but he has defied the stats with a number of juveniles this season although most have been fancied in the betting.
Turn On The Tears went close on her first start at Chelmsford when runner-up at odds of 33/1. This Irish-bred daughter of Cape Blanco is out of a twice-winning sprint mare. This chestnut filly cost $20,000 at the yearling sales. Racing in the silks of Danny Durkhan, a long-serving patron with Osborne, Turn On The Tears ran with promise on debut and this extra furlong shouldn't be an inconvenience. The Old Malthouse Stables tend to have their youngsters primed for their second start. The betting is important here. I would be looking for an each-way bet but need 4/1+ to take the plunge and if weak in the betting it would make me play it safe. If starting over 13/2 sp I would take a watching brief. If fancied have decent win and place claims.
6:20 Wolverhampton - Mercifilly trained by Ed Walker. Worth noting in the betting and if the money comes has each-way claims. If 13/2 & less sp is worth a bet. If weak in the market is best watched.
5:45 Wolverhampton - Turn On The Tears (each-way claims if 4/1+ but not over 13/2 sp)
6:20 Wolverhampton - Mercifilly - No bet
Turn On The Tears 9/2 1st