Friday 15 May 2009

4:40 Newmarket (16th May)

A novice stakes race over 6f consisting of colts and one gelding.

The two form horses, King's Approach and Shark Man, set a basic standard of winning ability. Both have proven they can battle for victory but out of the pair I would probably favour Shark Man as this colt doesn't stop trying and likely to appreciate this extra furlong.

The chances of the form horses clearly depend on the ability of the unraced as they wouldn't have to be any great shakes to win although inexperience will make this a difficult task. Bubbly Bellini is a cheap purchase. It is worth noting if this juvenile is backed as Alan Bailey has a few decent two-year-olds and he is particularly good when backed to win. Callaghan, Brittain and Cowell are capable trainers. Brittain has a poor win rate on debut which detracts but Cowell can ready a juvenile on its racecourse bow.

Not the easiest of races to assess.

A watching race.

Race review: 'Clive Brittain has been doing well with his horses of late and that success continued with a professional win by Niran. This colt may have drifted from a relatively short opening price (probably due to Brittains poor statistics on debut) but battled to beat the experienced form horse, Shark Man. Certainly not lacking in fitness or jockey's efforts it takes some ability to win a stakes race on racecourse bow. Shark Man ran his normal grueling race and exemplifies a willing juvenile. Hannon's King's Approach was hampered but didn't look a likely winner at that point. The others struggled against an able, experienced field.'