Wednesday 29 April 2009

2:10 Ascot

An intriguing conditional stakes race.

A pity to see that Let It Rock and Planet Red have already been withdrawn so the field in shrinking by the moment.

You couldn't help but be impressed by Hill's Red Jazz on debut. An effortless win in a fair race, this attractive colt could potentially be a very good juvenile. With the likes of Walkingonthemoon, an easy winner at Newbury, and Fratenillo scoring in style in a modest auction maiden at Beverley, the victor of this contest will be a talented juvenile and one step closer to Royal Ascot.

It will be interesting to see how Archers Road fares here. He is a bonny colt and has a lot of natural speed. He may be a little better than people imagine.

Stakes races are often devilishly hard to assess but the winner of this race will be a classy two-year-old.

I will certainly be watching with interest.

A watching race.

Race review: 'Walkingonthemoon didn't run his race and this was a battle between Red Jazz and Archers Road. The latter, trained by Mick Channon, put up a superb effort and looked to have every chance and even rallied at the finish when mastered by Red Jazz. These two ran well and will certainly be chalking Royal Ascot in their diaries. Little Perisher ran creditably in third.'