Monday 14 June 2010

2:15 Carlisle

A restricted median auction over the extended 5f(193y).

The betting suggests this is a three-horse race.

Karl Ryan has his two-year-olds in flying form at present and there was much to like about the debut run of Sophie's Hero at Newcastle. This chestnut gelding by Intikhab went off unfancied at 28/1 but ran on in determined fashion to take 2nd in what could be a fair race. Owner, Dr Marwan Koukash, has a number of juveniles in training and this youngster, now ridden by Jamie Spencer, must take the beating here.

No Poppy is progressing with racing and a good buy at 1,000gns. This daughter of Chineur was drawn 1 at Carlisle on debut over 5f and found herself completely outpaced before running on well in the final two furlongs. Much better suited to the 6f at Redcar, in what looks to be a fair maiden, Easterby's filly was still on the verge of being outpaced but just about held her position, closing at the finish. With a higher draw today, connections will be hoping No Poppy can sit handy. It may be the case that she is fractionally outpaced, however, this course can often suit as strong finisher.

Last of the trio - Philharmonic Hall. This bay colt trained by Richard Fahey was quite fancied on his debut at Beverley but had little chance bumping into the highly regarded Ladies Are Forever who fairly breezed to victory. The second, Ice Trooper, is a speedy sort and it was no surprise to see Philharmonic Hall struggle to go the pace and soon many lengths adrift. This bay colt looked fit and ready that day and Hamilton gave this youngster a forceful ride in his endeavour to make ground in the final two furlongs. Six furlong will definitely assist the chances, although of the three Fahey's juvenile has the most to prove.

Other races:
6:10 Windsor
6:40 Windsor
6:55 Warwick