Sunday 21 June 2009

2:10 Pontefract (21st June)

A fillies' maiden over 6f.

Not too many form horses and Caviar heads the market after her third at Doncaster. The easy winner of that race run well at Royal Ascot, however, Fahey's juvenile looked a different class that day. Caviar doesn't set the greatest level of form but may improve for that race as she wasn't give a hard time on debut. Hannon's juveniles can progress with racing but needs to find more.

Dance For Julie looks to hold Pure Nostalgia and Wood Fair on their Redcar form. This Haslam-trained juvenile was slow away and progressed well throughout the race to run with credit. That race was quite restricted although it does seem to be holding up. The slight concern may be that she becomes outpaced again as trying to run through a field of horses on this turning track will make life difficult. You have to also consider that this may be a step up in class and one of the newcomers may have ability. Certainly one of the most fancied of those with form. It is interesting to note that Wood Fair was well backed last time when running here and it is possible Burke's two-year-old could get closer to Dance For Julie. The downside is that she didn't take the turns very well here last time and looked rather lumbering.

Although the unraced may lack in experience, which certainly doesn't help on a turning track, they may have the class to take this race. The betting will be the best guide to many of the more fashionable stables and there seems to be money for Chapple-Hyam's Sakile. It is interesting to note that in the five-day declarations Monroe was actually booked to ride Sakile but is now aboard Jean Jeannie for Haggis. This could be a pointer to the latter of this pair although Monroe has not ridden many juveniles for Haggis in recent years it would suggest he had the choice.

An interesting event where the form horses oppose the potential talent of the unraced. Of the form horses Dance For Julie may have the edge on form but Jean Jeannie is an interesting debutant. Not the easiest of races to assess as the form may be average and the inexperience of the unraced makes this all the more difficult.

A watching race.

Race review: 'A decent prospect in Johnston's winner, Hafawa who overcome a wide draw and a tardy start. A sizable filly, she could well be above average. Haslam's Dance For Julie improved on her debut effort and didn't do much wrong except bump into a talented juvenile. She will be winning soon. City Vaults Girl ran her race in third and I wouldn't expect too much improvement as she was given quite a challenging race in ways. Knockenduff is capable of better and was always running wide. Culhane gave her a considerate ride and has the potential to win. Sakile was leading until the last half furlong but tired quickly thereafter. She may have slightly needed the run, but more probably run her race.'