Thursday 16 April 2009

2:00 Ripon

Here Now And Why will certainly take some beating in this maiden. A very promising run on debut against the talented Archers Road makes this juvenile capable of winning a maiden predominantly against juveniles making their debuts. Tim Easterby's Saucy Girl must be respected as he has a superb record in this race - often featuring his best juvenile - although his general win rate on debut is as poor as they come. I think this two-year-old will be under priced and will need to be a serious filly to beat the likes of Here Now And Why. Of the others Whippers Love may be capable of better as Johnston's charge has been entered to run in a number of stakes races. In summary, this looks to be an average race and I will be disappointed if Here Now And Why doesn't win.

A watching race.

Race review: 'Here Now And Why won this with a couple of lengths to spare but his attitude leaves something to be desired. Unseating his jockey on the way to the start and looking buzzed-up for much of the race, this colt needs to settle to progress to a higher level. Clearly a juvenile with ability. Saucy Girl ran a great race and must be one of Tim Easterby's better fillies. She drifted markedly in the betting and improvement is expected. Mister Manannan will be winning a race or two. Quite an encouraging race from the first three.'