Sunday 3 May 2009

2:55 Windsor (4th May)

A small maiden with a number of juveniles making their debuts.

Key Art, a well-owned £100,000eur purchase and entrant for the Phoenix Stake (Group 1) (IRE). Noseda is certainly a trainer capable of winning on debut although his juveniles are often under priced. He must be respected in what could be an average race.

Tawaabb a colt by Kyllachy costing £82,000gns will have his supporters. Channon is a very talented trainer however he doesn't win as many races on debut as the press often suggest. The tissue price indicates this juvenile will be one of the favourites which adds to his appeal.

It is interesting to see Market Avenue Racing Ltd have a two-year-old with Dascombe. They have been very lucky owners in the past, often with cheap purchases. It is something of a negative to see William Buick riding as he was originally booked to partner a juvenile for Andrew Balding at the five-day declarations. In addition, Richard Kingscote (the stable jockey) has chosen to go to Kempton to ride for Dascombe and then returning to Windsor later. (This suggests he fancies his chance of winning on Above Limits (2:00 Kempton) in favour of Underworld Danny.) Time will tell if that is true or not, but it isn't the most encouraging of signs.

Crown is an interesting runner here. On her previous two starts she hasn't been seen at her best and although probably no more than an average filly I get a feeling connections will be expecting a big run today.

A watching race.
Key Art (NR)

Race review: 'Disappointing to see Key Art a non-runner. This looked a two-horse race and Crown and Tawaabb were a long way clear of a strung out field. To be fair, the rest looked pretty poor. Crown put in a fine display and managed to hold the determined challenge of Channon's colt. A creditable performance by a filly although experience gave her an edge today. It is difficult to assess the level of form, however it is good to see her victorious after two indifferent races.'