Sunday 12 July 2009

7:00 Windsor (13th July)

A maiden for colts and fillies over 5f(10y) on good ground.

Mrs Boss has the talent to win a race and showed good form on a number of occasions. The main crux of the question for Millman's juvenile is whether this 5f is going to happen all too quickly and reason why the visor is fitted today. I am always slightly concerned when a trainer resorts to these measures although it does seem logical here. There is little doubt, unless this filly has regressed, that she will run a big race, however it could be a late charge and betting in-running may well be the best approach. In addition, a low draw may be a plus or minus, depending on ground conditions.

Mister Hughie is a lovely-looking juvenile and ran well at Beverley although that may not have been the greatest of races as it is difficult to assess the form. This slightly quicker 5f will help. One of the more fancies runners and will probably blaze a trail.

Wellington Fair was well backed on debut and showed speed for 5f before being beaten a number of lengths by a talented juvenile. This step back to 5f will probably help but it is a worry that this colt by Trade fair may be run on his feet. Cox has given this juvenile a stakes race entry which is a positive although I still feel there is need for further improvement and to some extent this runner is unproven.

I can't say I am impressed by Look Whos Next. This colt is very small and lightly built and that is always a concern.

Pose cost £55,000 and trained by Hannon and well owned by Highclere Thoroughbreds. The betting will be the best guide to this ones chances.

Peter Winkworth must always be respected with his juveniles running at Windsor on debut and Bush Tucker, a £16,000 purchase, is worth a second look. Winkworth's juveniles can win at any price and even though this two-year-old has a stiff task beating fair sorts with experience on debut it wouldn't be the biggest surprise to see a very good run. At a speculative price it would pay to have a few quid each way.

Last but not least Tropical Treat has been entered for the Lowther Stake Group 2. This is a sign of encouragement and additionally so because Beckett has an impressive win/place rate on debut and Sanders in the saddle is certainly a plus.

Mrs Boss is probably the best of the form horses and if not struggling to go the pace will go well as she is a battling type. Mister Hughie will run a race and isn't without a chance although may have something to prove. Tropical Treat, Pose and Bush Tucker are worth noting of the unraced. Not the most straightforward of races and I wouldn't be taking a short price on any selection. An interesting race.

A watching race.

Race review: 'A race with lots of trouble before the start with Wellington Fair being withdrawn after becoming unsettled in the stalls. A nice winning debut from Tropical Treat who looks to have a future. Bush Tucker was backed and ran well for Winkworth who continues a decent season with his juveniles. Mister Hughie ran a similar race to his Beverley effort and looks vulnerable. Mrs Boss was even slower away and the visor was a sign of desperation. A horse to avoid at present.'