Friday 21 May 2010

2:20 Catterick

A maiden over 5f on good to firm ground.

This doesn't look the strongest of races.

It is difficult to assess the form of Trading as the winner of the Musselburgh race was in a different league to the rest of field, although it is encouraging that Dolly Parton has won since. The third that day, Kassaab, disappointed at Hamilton. However, that running did appear to be too bad to be true. It isn't encouraging to note that Trading has been entered to run in plating class.

Another juvenile that has seemingly not lived up to reputation is Mandy's Princess. A favourite on debut, she found little under pressure and recently at Chester she showed good speed but struggled to finish the race. She is entered to run in a selling race at Thirsk this week.

One of the more interesting horses with form is Miserere. This bay filly has a bit of size and scope about her and seemed to be fancied on debut. Showing good speed for most, this daughter of Fasliyev tired in the last furlong to finish fourth. The form of that race is only moderate but if needing the run that day more can be expected. It is encouraging to see Wainwright has entered her to run in the Hilary Needler Listed race.

Sir Mark Prescott's first two-year-old runner of the season. A filly by Marju and sister to Prince Aaron, she was re-sold for 26,000 gns. The betting will be as good an indicator as anything for this juvenile. Prescott is a very capable trainer although his juveniles often struggle to win on debut and even fancied runners do not attain the greatest win rate. Probably best to watch this one today.

Snow Bear is comes from a stable that has a poor win rate with debutantes. This two-year-old is relatively fancied in the betting so that is a plus.

A tricky race with form horses having something to prove and those making their debuts from stables whose juveniles often improve for the run.

Other races:
7:00 Haydock
7:10 Musselburgh