Friday 17 April 2009

2:00 Thirsk

Star Rover will be making a bold attempt to win this novice stakes event. Already £10,000 in the bank, connections will be thinking winning is all too easy. But can the Evan's runner defy such weight penalties? It's going to get a lot tougher today. As long as Lees Anthem doesn't decide to jump over the rail rather than run against it, then this colt must have an outstanding chance of winning here. Form lines give him the edge over Star Rover and that's without considering the 12lb in-hand. A big, strong colt, with lots of natural speed, I can see this Teague juvenile going on to better things. I'm not keen on the chances of Chicita Banana. I don't think the form of the Bath win amounts to much and it looks very lumbering. I think this filly will struggle here. This looks to be a two-horse race at best and Lees Anthem should run a good race today.

A watching race.

Race review: 'Disappointing to see Lees Anthem a non runner late on. Least we will have an opportunity at a later date. Star Rover put in another sterling performance to make it three wins - no easy feat. Quite a small, compact sort, Evans' charge has done well and it will be interesting to see whether he can notch another win sooner rather than later. No doubt Evans will have his eye on the Lily Agnes at Chester. Chicita Banana ran a decent race and at one point looked to hold every chance. Easterby's Gentle Beat ran well on debut.'