Saturday 25 July 2009

1:50 Newmarket (25th July)

A big field of colts and one filly for this maiden over 7f on good to soft ground.

There was much to like about Timely Jazz on his last appearance here at Newmarket after needing the run on debut. This flashy chestnut by Noverre has a good level of natural speed which sees him well in this type of race where many find themselves struggling off the pace. There is little doubt that he sets a fair standard and a big run will be expected today.

Rasselas, trained by Bary Hills, competed in that same event and certainly showed ability. A sturdy-looking colt, he was a long way off the pace that day and made good headway over the last two furlongs and slightly hindered by running behind one of the runners. It would be no surprise to see this colt by Danehill Dancer make inroads on a few lengths defeat to Timely Jazz but whether he is capable of reversing the form is a big ask. Hills has good statistics with his juveniles priced 13/2 & less on their second start and to be within this price guide would be another positive.

Andrew Balding has been in fine form this season and Simenon gave the impression he has ability. Nothing went right for him on debut at Newmarket and although beaten a few lengths by the first and second (who have upheld the form, as has the fourth) he only started to get into gear when it was all too late. This juvenile is definitely one of the more interesting types in this field and his experience will see him in a better light today. It is difficult to compare form lines but at a price this two-year-old may have sound each way claims.

With plenty of well-bred juveniles making their debut (and a number Group entered) you always have to fear one or two may show a level of ability. However, proven form is a huge advantage and reason why the experienced juveniles are most likely to prevail.

A watching race.

Race review: 'A battle between Simenon and Timely Jazz with Balding's winning after Winston seemed unable to push out the favourite when struggling with his whip in the last hundred yards. The front two went clear of the third, Waseet, who ran an encouraging debut and going the right way.'