Thursday 4 June 2009

2:50 Lingfield (4th June)

A restricted auction maiden for colts and fillies over 6f on this turning track.

Swilly Ferry would look unstoppable on his Brocklesby form but his running at Chester didn't give much confidence. Hill's two-year-old travelled like a winner for much of that race but struggled in the final furlong and needs to bounce back today. That run came after a long lay off and it might be the case that he slightly needed the run or that the course didn't suit. I notice that its the only ride for Michael Hills, which is a very encouraging sign as he doesn't waste his time, and has done well at this all-weather course. Although not ideally drawn and a question mark for the Chester effort, I can see this two-year-old running a big race.

Almadaa was relatively short priced for a competitive race at York but never figured. Clearly this drop in class will help but a very wide draw will make this a though ask.

The Shuffler ran a better race last time and will be suited by this all-weather surface.

Of the unraced juveniles, Kyoatee Kilt has been entered for a stakes race which may be a sign of encouragement.

Swilly Ferry is the main focus of this race. It is a will-he-won't-he scenario: easy winner or big disappointment.

A watching race.

Race review: 'A decent win for Swilly Ferry who made amends for a disappointment at Chester last time. This wasn't the best of races, however, Hills' juvenile could go on from this and showed a pleasing attitude. Diamond Johnny G looks a big and strong and this was an impressive debut. Best has very good statistics for his juveniles on their second start and this colt should win. Almadaa ran wide for most and done well in third, although doesn't look that great.'