Monday 18 May 2009

2:20 Musselburgh (19th May)

Not the strongest of maidens for colts and one filly over 5f.

Final Ovation comes from a Doncaster maiden which is working out well. It is somewhat baffling, considering his performance, that he has been entered to run in a selling/claiming race which doesn't read well and would make me treat this Quinn runner with caution.

Military Call has shown an element of ability. He was well backed last time but made to look very slow against Red Avalanche who is a decent sort but you would have hoped the McMahon two-year-old would have done a little more that day. Clearly this is a lower grade race and if Military Call is going to win it will probably be in this event. A lovely-looking colt he has a decent hope of getting off the mark.

Magical Macey is relatively short in the tissue market, however, Tom Eaves wasn't originally booked to ride for Barron in the five-day declarations. I imagine Phillip Makin had the choice of these two mounts and for that reason I would plump for Commanche Raider. Dods has a good win and place rate on debut and can often pop up at a big price. I wouldn't be surprised if this colt by Tale Of The Cat runs a decent race.

Reignier didn't show much ability on debut, but this nice-looking colt may be capable of more. Karl Burke is a very talented trainer and he is capable of transforming horses from one start to the next. If this horse is backed it would be a good sign.

Race review: 'Probably not the greatest of races but a big turn around in form regarding Military Call and Reignier. Burke's juvenile, an entrant for the Brian Yeardley, ran out a decent winner to defeat Final Ovation by a couple of lengths. Quinn's second ran well along the rail and looks quite a powerful type. Maison Brillet deserves much credit for his run on debut especially considering he had a slow start and an outside draw. Military Call was well backed and may have disappointed to some extent. He certainly has much to prove after this.'