Saturday 20 June 2009

2:20 Recar (20th June)

A maiden over 7f for colts and fillies.

This looks out of four.

Music Of the Moor had a stiff task on debut, competing in a stakes race. This colt by Rock Of Gibralter isn't the biggest of two-year-olds and from a poor start at Pontefract was always chasing the field. The form of the front two looks strong but the rest haven't attained much since. The positive is that this juvenile ran on well at the finish suggesting this step up to 7f will suit.

Saeed Bin Suroor hasn't achieved much with the few juveniles he has run so far. Most have needed their first run, more to do with inexperience than fitness, and Lamh Albasser was very immature to the point where he was allowed to just gallop home without being tested. A good-looking gelding and fancied in the betting that day, a much better performance should be expected today.

Of the others, Leopard Hills had it all to do in a stakes race at Newcastle. This gelding was run off his feet early but made good headway in the final furlong and should appreciate this 7f. That race was not the highest of grades and the leaders went off very fast that day, which may have flattered this juveniles running-on 4th. Not the most impressive of two-year-olds, he is lightly built and weak.

Mark Johnston's Pytheas seems very well fancied on the exchanges and this is certainly a positive for this runner. It is no easy task winning on debut but Johnston can certainly win on debut.

The betting suggests this is a four-horse race and a competitive one at that. Not the kind of race I would be tempted to bet. Saeed Bin Surror's juvenile is an attractive sort will put Tate and Howard Johnson's juveniles in the shade.

A watching race.

Race review:'From a four-horse race it turned into two with a battle between Lamh Albasser and the debutant, and second, Pytheas. Johnston's runner looked to have this won as Lamh Albasser was still inexperienced and took a long time to run on. A big horse with scope to progress, he led on the line. Tuckitinyasok ran well for Roger Fisher to get third. Music Of The Moor and Leopard Hills were always on the back foot and didn't progress.'