Thursday 30 April 2009

3:40 Southwell (1st May)

This is a very restricted auction maiden and the form horses don't look the greatest bunch, although Masked Dance will have his supporters here. This grey colt by Captain Rio showed good speed on debut at Beverley only tiring in the final furlong. This well-made two-year-old owned by John Fretwell may be no world beater but must go close a prohibitive odds.

Cariad Coch ran a fair race at Musselburgh on debut and this looks to be an easier race. Stubbs has done well with her two-year-olds and have very good statistics on their second start. In a race that wouldn't take much winning, this colt by Reset may have a chance although the booking of Richard Kingscote may be a negative.

Of the others both Miss Marani & Val's Princess have an entry for a selling race, which doesn't impress even in a race of this nature.

A watching race.

Race review: 'This didn't look a particularly good race. Lucky Mellor hadn't show much ability on his debut at Leicester but put up a decent performance to win in a photo. Dean Ivory's two-year-olds are interesting runners on their second starts and he has won a good few races on the all-weather these last few years. Koo And The Gang was very well backed and ran a good race. He hadn't shown much in the Brocklesby but clearly has something to offer. A strong gelding, it wouldn't be a surprise to see a win coming his way. Masked Dance was always struggling to go the pace and this wasn't a very good performance. The form of the Beverley race seems to be falling apart and this may be as good as he is.'