Friday 23 April 2010

4:35 Ripon

A restricted auction fillies race over 5f. (24th April)

Quite an interesting race with a number of form lines being tested.

Molly Mylenis has run well and especially so when on her last effort at Leicester. The ground is much faster today which may be a slight concern. Although capable, she does seem to become outpaced mid-race before finishing strongly. Perhaps this is the reason why Evans has applied the visor - but this in itself is a concern as there may be an additional reason. On form Evans' juvenile has strong claims but the ground and visor are matter of contention.

Tom Dascombe sent Coconut Ice for a Thirsk stakes race in hope of a small field but found a race of 13 and stiff task for any two-year-old on debut. This filly by Bahamian Bounty cost £20,000 and from a stable that often places juveniles to run a big race on their second start. Her Thirsk performance was encouraging. Having to overcome a poor draw, she showed very good speed and is likely to be a bold runner today. To be fair, she looked pretty fit for her debut and Atkinson was in determined mood. By the final furlong she was tiring and hanging to her right which isn't ideal, however, this was always going to be a stiff task against two decent two-year-olds in the winner and second. This race will be a more suitable contest and she should be able to travel within herself and have something left for the finish.

Lady Morganna is another filly who will find this level more to her liking. The Newmarket contest in which she ran on debut has featured a number of classy two-year-olds over the years. This drop in class will give this daughter of Green Diamond a more able opportunity. That initial performance could turn out to be decent form.

It is difficult to assess the form of the Ripon race where Meandmyshadow finished second. Brown's filly rather plugged on that day but seemed the type to do her best. The winner was in a different class and time will tell what level the place horses set.

Glenns Princess didn't show a great deal of ability at Beverley, a race that was significantly slower than the later division. This filly had been entered for a claiming race which may indicate her standard of ability is limited.

An intriguing race with a few form lines being tested.

Other races:
2:25 Leicester
5:30 Haydock