Tuesday 28 April 2009

5:35 Nottingham

This is an interesting race and a chance to test a few more form lines. Red Avalanche ran a vastly better race on his second start after being clueless on debut. Being runner-up to Star Rover was a fair achievement although in many ways this colt by Verglas doesn't have the look of a sprinter.

Pintura was a very big price on debut and done well from a low draw that day. He has since receive a stakes race entry which may be a positive. It is difficult to appreciate the worth of the Windsor race.

Military Call had a mountain to climb after a slow start and poor draw at Nottingham. To be fair, this colt by Royal Applause done well to get into the race before tiring in the final furlong and not bullied. Ed McMahon has great statistics on his second start and a liking for Nottingham. It wouldn't be a surprise to see a much better run today.

Of the unraced Ejaab, trained by William Haggas, looks to have been supported. Certainly being well owned and costing £60,000 are promising factors, however, it will be no easy task racing against experienced juveniles and would need to be a talent to win on debut.

A watching race.

Ejaab (NR)

Race review: 'Red Avalanche won this 5f in the style of a decent colt. He may have appreciated the better ground or perhaps it wasn't suitable for for the others - either way this was an impressive win. Military Call was substantially backed, as was the handsome Fahey-trained colt Newbury Street; but none could every make a positive challenge. The form of Pintura's third at Windsor may have its limitations while Reignier is a juvenile with some scope and will improve from this debut run. Although a maiden, this race had a look of a stakes event and even though the field was strung out it is more than probable that this is a true reflection of the overall performances - good or bad.'