Friday 29 May 2009

4:20 York (30th May)

An intriguing maiden fillies' race over 6f at York.

Falling Angel showed good speed at Goodwood to finish second on debut. In some ways that looks a decent performance but that race may have been on the weak side as Flyinflyout was beaten quite easily in a poor auction race in the last week. Cole's filly has the chance to improve and may do so, however, there could well be a decent horse in this race, which would make her task difficult if that debut run is as good as she is. Also, the booking of Kingscote may be a negative.

Jeanie Johnston ran in desperate conditions at Haydock. To be fair, that looked a pretty poor race. Lane (jockey) retains the ride and he has a decent win rate with Burke although has only partnered a small number of two-year-olds. The most interesting pointer for this juvenile is that Burke has very good statistics second time out. Difficult to assess beyond that point though.

This may go to an unraced juvenile as both Johnston and Saeed Bin Suroor (Babylonian and Sweet Sonnet) have good records at York and often the appearance of a talented two-year-old.

Not the easiest of races to appreciate and the betting will give a good guide to most of these. The form horses have something to prove but they do have the advantage of experience which is certainly a plus.

A watching race.

Race review: 'A crazy race with a winner that never looked possible. Sweet Sonnet was slow into stride and never looked to be going when this filly finally ran on to catch Falling Angel on the line. This didn't appear to be the strangest of contest by York's standards although the winner could well improve from this.'