Thursday 30 July 2009

5:55 Newmarket (31st July)

An intriguing maiden over 6f for colts and fillies on good to soft ground.

Taajub sets a fair standard for an ordinary maiden and this two-year-old will take some beating. Haggis has a number of talented juveniles in his care and this colt by Exceed And Excel has a number of Group entries and with experience on side will be a tough nut to crack.

Arabian Pride is certainly worth a look even against the Haggis runner and is a consistent type. To be fair he hasn't run a bad race and has a winning level of ability but been unfortunate to find a number of strong races. This juvenile is clearly held in some regard by Simcock and this two-year-old could well be a fair each way alternative if price allows.

Of the unraced New Christmas is worth a mention. Meehan has a string of talented two-year-olds and this colt by Smoke Glacken has been given a number of Group entries and should be noted if not today for the future. Although he does have a few winners on debut, generally Meehan is much better on his second start. Probably best watched today.

Even though James Toller's juvenile Pirate's Song has been declared a non runner I would keep an eye open for this runner as I get the feeling he has ability and could potentially be a horse with a big price and a chance.

A few interested juveniles noted here and all have the potential to achieve a level of ability. Taajub will take some beating but Arabian Pride is no slouch. Simcock's runner may be the bet at an each way price. New Christmas has it to prove on debut but has the look of a progressive juvenile as that is how his trainer generally trains his juveniles.

A watching race.

Race Review: 'Taajub ran out a fair winner and can progress from here. Arabian Pride was very well backed, mainly due to the weakness in Meehan's juvenile, and tried to test the favourite but couldn't hold the Haggis juvenile at bay.'