Thursday 16 April 2009

5:45 Wolverhampton

Shark Man and Could It Be Magic re-oppose after a close call in the Brocklesby. The latter doesn't have the best draw and it will be interesting to see whether Turner's colt has enough speed to find a favourable position. I am pretty sure they will try to get to the rail and his success or failure depends on this. It looks a tough ask and it tempers my enthusiasm. Shark Man looks a consistent sort and has run a couple of fair races and this is his grade. He had a hard race last time and you have to wonder if this may have soured this well-balanced likable colt. Of the others, Tom Dascombe has a line with Shark Man (his juvenile Soccer beat him on debut) and money would be a positive sign. Dancing Freddy has been entered for a stakes race and the Patrick Morris pair, Absher and Bebenine, both held entries for the Brocklesby. In summary, a cheap bunch of two-year-olds where the form of Shark Man and Could It Be Magic is most appealing.

Note: Could It Be Magic (NR)
A watching race.

Race review: 'Good to see Shark Man winning his first race. After losing his place he showed a characteristic battling finish to catch the well backed Dancing Freddy, trained by J. Givens. Shark Man will struggle in stakes company so connections will probably look for other options. This two-year-old exhibits a gutsy attitude that will see him well and this was deserved win today. In truth, this didn't look the greatest of races. It will be interesting to see if the second can win a small race and Bebenine ran a fair effort on debut at big odds to finish fourth.'