Tuesday 11 August 2009

6:55 Nottingham (11th August)

An intriguing novice stakes over 6f on soft ground.

Dorback ran well on debut and a fair number of talented juveniles were behind this son of Kyllachy including Buzzword and Mr David who have both progressed since. In fairness both of these juveniles may have improved for their debut but that doesn't take anything away from this exciting two-year-old trained by Henry Candy. It will be interesting to see how he handles this softer ground but in all these cases you have to consider that the trainer knows best. Dorback has a very good chance of gaining his second win, a stepping stone to the Mill Reef later in the season.

Of the rest Petougg, Flipping and Waltz Around need to improve although it must be said you cannot knock a winner as they may be much better than those they beat. However, I still consider that most of these have a tough task against Dorback.

Perfect Ch'I is quite a capable juvenile and shouldn't be under estimated. This filly has set a fair level of form and gets on with the job which is half the battle. I can see her giving the favourite most to think about.

I will be hoping Dorback can progress from an exciting debut at Windsor. Henry Candy knows what a good horse looks like and this could be a juvenile with a touch of class.

A watching race.

Race review: 'Perfect Ch'I, a consistent sort, ran well here to gain her second win and progressing well. Always up with the lead one by one, including the hot favourite, toiled in her wake with only the outpace Marafong running on well and closing fast at the line. Wood (trainer) must be pleased with this performance and wish he had a few more juveniles in his yard with this ability. Marafong could be classed as an unlucky loser with a strong finish but I would be very careful backing this one next time out as Feilden's juvenile looked to be running in a different race and most likely flattered. All the rest tried to put down a challenge and failed generally due to limited ability. Perfect Ch'I ran most of these into the ground. Dorback was a big disappointment and may be better. Juveniles always deserve a chance or two so he may show this run to be a blemish on his early career. Time will tell.'