Saturday 4 July 2009

2:15 Beverley (4th July)

A maiden over 5f where a high draw can be a big advantage.

This race doesn't look out of many, however, the draw is a quandary for some.

Trade Secret has run consistently and certainly deserves to win a race this season, and is plenty good enough to just that. He ran well at York although many of the opposition didn't set the highest of standards. The low draw is a problem and also this faster ground will not be ideal and this colt has a rather high knee action. Brittain's juvenile is an interesting runner here although the draw and ground bring a few doubts.

Trinder is another juvenile with something to prove. His Hamilton race looks fair in ways, with a second to Corporal Maddox, but on the other side of the coin he didn't beat poor horses by far. Fahey's juvenile was favourite at Ayr but didn't ever get into the race and step back to 5f may help. I wouldn't be tempted at a short price.

Powerful Pierre ran a much better race at Newcastle and although the form is unproven this gelding may be a capable juvenile.

I will be keen to see how Final Ovation goes today as I was disappointed by his performance in the selling race at York. The extra furlong may have been a touch too far and I can see 5f being a better proposition. The draw is a big negative.

A difficult race to call in ways. On ability I would go with Trade Secret and give Final Ovation a second chance. A poor draw for this pair quells the enthusiasm.

A watching race.

Race review: 'A race dominated by those with a high draw. The first three went clear of the field and all looked attractive juveniles. Johnston's Electioneer confirmed the form with Channon's Mister Hughie, who is a very strong type. This may turn out to be a decent event for Beverley and I would have thought Mister Hughie would have done a little more - although looks aren't everything. Trinder ran well after disappointing last time and will be winning. Trade Secret struggled from a low draw and when he couldn't get to the lead and ran wide round the bend,he had next to no chance. He looks disappointing after this and could be a good bet next time at a more appropriate track.'es