Tuesday 7 July 2009

3:45 Newmarket (8th July)

A decent prize for this maiden over 7f.

Not too much form to consider although a few of interest.

Liquid Asset could well continue a good vein of form for Andrew Balding's stable. This chestnut gelding pulled quite hard at Salisbury in a race won easily by the front-running Bikini Babe. The main pointer to this juveniles chances are the statistics for Balding's juveniles on their second start. At relatively short odd he has a very good win and place chance which could make for a decent bet. Certainly a juvenile to consider although with such prize money on offer there is always the chance one or two debutantes may have a touch of class.

A juvenile who didn't show much ability is Erfaan. This juvenile cost a small fortune and ruined any chance after a slow start and then cruised up to join the pace before dropping out tamely thereafter. Barry Hills' team are very capable and it is encouraging to see this juvenile has been entered for a stakes race. Well backed on debut, it would be not surprise to see this colt by Forest Camp backed again. Make no mistake this is a very good-looking horse and worthy of note.

Difficult to know what to make of Gold Diamond, a beaten favourite on debut. This two-year-old has a stakes entry and Johnston isn't the kind of person to waste his time. This juvenile may be capable of better although it would have needed to have disappointed to have any hope here.

Brian Meehan's juveniles are always worth noting on their second start. Money for Timely Jazz would be of interest as many of this stable's two-year-olds are backed and run well. If priced 13/2 and less expect a big big run.

An interesting event. Liquid Asset is one of the more likelier types and the market will be a good guide to most.

A watching race.

Race review: 'This race have been the starting point for many a top-class horse and it could well turn out to be the case again. John Dunlop has done well with his juveniles this season, this being the third to win on debut, and Elusive Pimpernel ran a very professional race and didn't lack in fitness or experience. This two-year-old has scope to improve and was quite well backed in many respects. Certainly a horse to follow and no doubt progress to greater things. Timely Jazz ran a stormer for Brian Meehan especially as this colt seemed unfancied. The price didn't restrict this juveniles ability and this attractive juvenile will be winning very soon. Poet's Voice is another good-looking sort and this was a very good run. This race will feature many winners and it will pay to keep an eye on those further down the field. Erfaan travelled well for most and looked to have every chance but seemed to fade late on while Liquid Asset struggled today and this may have been to classier opposition or simply a disappointment. I wouldn't give up on Balding's juvenile just yet.'