Sunday 21 June 2009

2:15 Lingfield (22nd June)

An interesting fillies' maiden over 5f.

Mrs Boss is the form pick but this drop back to 5f on a turning track may cause problems over the first couple of furlongs as she takes a while to get motoring. Perhaps she has gained enough experience to negate this factor although I would be careful that she isn't run off her feet. Probably best to bet in-running as I would be very surprised if she can go the early pace and will be bigger odds in the race. A chance as long as she remains handy.

Guesswork has been given two listed race entries along the way and I get the feeling Jarvis likes this filly but the most offputting aspect is that she looks very weak and not at all attractive. She showed good speed over 6f last time but that race wasn't cranked up until late on so she may have been made to look faster than she is.

Tom Dascombe can win on debut and Brambleberry is an interesting running on the all-weather, a course that the trainer has found a few winners this season.

Mind The Monarch ran well at Sandown, a race that is working out very well. Her last effort at Folkestone was a huge disappointment and she needs to have a good reason for that dismay display.

At very big odds Princess Shamal has more hope than she looks. After being beaten one-hundred lengths on debut she showed speed at Yarmouth and looked to have a fighting chance but tired markedly in the final furlong. This drop back to 5f may take the edge off that acceleration but she has a better chance than many consider and drawn low on this turning track, she may take have a chance.

An intriguing race where the favourite may be outpaced and the outsider my be the pace angle.

A watching race.

Race review: 'Another debut win for Tom Dascombe with Brambleberry tasting victory here. Virginia Hall ran much better today after showing speed at Warwick before tiring rapidly. A very big filly, she would probably be suited by further. Mrs Boss wasn't able to keep tabs on the leaders and was running-on all too late. Millman was clearly disappointed with this effort but Mrs Boss is certainly capable of winning a race and is a fair sort.'