Tuesday 28 July 2009

3:10 Beverley (28th July)

A restricted auction race for fillies over 5f.

This doesn't look the most competitive race and with Gower Sophia regressing this is most likely out of the three form horses.

Tell Me A Story ran in a poor race on debut but at least showed an element of speed and tried her best. The winner won with ease and the others were probably limited so assessing Brittain's two-year-old is not the easiest task. I can imagine this filly showing speed and at least she has run over 5f which is a positive. She still has something to prove and although one of the main hopes may be more likely to be placed than win.

Miss Taken is not that big but ran well on debut over 6f at Pontefract on soft ground. It is interesting to note that Carroll had actually entered this filly for the Brocklesby but only appeared recently which suggests she had a problem along the way. The form of her initial start is certainly no more than average but that was respectable against many experienced juveniles. The main concern is whether going back to 5f will find her struggling for pace. There is a big difference between 5f and 6f and she may be run off her feet with a few of these. The good side is that she should finish her race and I can imagine a number of these setting a furious pace and this may suit those with stamina to run to the line. As long as she can hold a handy position a big run can be expected.

Much of the above applies to Dance For Julie who has run well on both starts and I would fancy her to win over 6f. It wouldn't surprise me to see her outpaced for much of this and then running on at the finish. I like the attitude of Haslam's juvenile and can see her as the most consistent of these. The worry is the distance.

Of the unraced Luv U Noo has to be respected. Burke usually needs the run with his debutantes be they can be fitter this time of the year and money would be a positive. Being a relatively cheap purchase and inexperience are likely to make this a stiff task and to be fair I would rather go with the form horses here.

An intriguing but limited event. Brittain's Tell Me A Story is proven over this distance which is a plus. Dance For Julie and Miss Taken are more likely types but the drop to 5f may cause them problems although finishing a race at this level is the most important quality. I would have to go with this pair as the main fancies and probably Dance For Julie as she has run well and has a touch of ability.

A watching race.

Gower Sophia (NR)

Race Review: 'Not many got into this and it was very much a two-horse race from some way out. Tell Me A Story held an advantage coming into the final furlong and Dance For Julie ran after her but never managed to claim his juvenile of Britain's. Miss Taken seemed to struggle to go the pace and although running on at the finish was never involved and disappointing in many respects.'