Thursday 3 June 2010

6:10 Sandown

An auction race over 5f6y where a high draw can be an advantage.

A competitive heat with a number of form horses having shown ability.

Remotelinx is an attractive chestnut colt and looks to be a talent. The debut performance at Goodwood was difficult to assess but the latest run at Salisbury looks to be a classy effort. The winner of that race, Approve, has additional form lines with Chilworth Lad who finished second in the Listed National Stakes at Sandown. John Hills can be an indifferent trainer at times and not someone I have confidence in but this son of Choisir must have strong claims although with plenty of talented juveniles in opposition this may not be a straightforward affair. Diamond Charlie, trained by Simon Dow, was 4th in the same race at Salisbury and relatively fancied. After a slow start this colt by Diamnond Green ran on well at the line. Improvement could be on the cards, however, a reversal of form with Remotelinx would seem a stiff task.

A progressive sort, Belle Bayardo, a good-looking juvenile having cost only 3,000euros, ran well at Chepstow last time out. Harris is a capable trainer and this colt has gradually learned with experience after terribly slow starts on his first two runs. As a physical specimen you cannot knock this two-year-old but I have my doubts whether the Chepstow auction race was the strongest of contests. This event may well find this youngster out and he certainly cannot afford to be slow away from the stalls today.

It may be a concern why Cocohatchee hasn't been seen out since mid April, after a superb debut against the talented Cape To Rio. Hannon's winner was a class apart that day and Phelan's colt by Avonbridge was unlucky to find such stiff competition on debut. Beating the third placed Saucy Buck by a number of lengths illustrates a juvenile with potential and this bay colt must have strong claims if at his best. The absence of over fifty days does bring concerns that there has been a problem of some kind. One of the more interesting candidates here.

There is much to like about the attitude of Master Macho. Channon has kept this two-year-old busy with six races and being placed on five occasions is a great achievement. In truth, it has only been down to bad luck that he hasn't won a race or two. The slight problem with this youngster is that he ideally needs 51/2f. This five furlongs may be too fast and the six furlongs seems a touch too far. Perhaps being able to run-on in this race today will be a good thing as it may be a run at a furious pace. There is always a slight concern Master Macho may regress and that is likely to happen sooner rather than later. A juvenile that many may overlook as being exposed, but one that may still have a surprise or too in store.

The last of the main contenders is Eucharist. This youngster had shown little on debut but was somewhat transformed for her second start at Sandown when backed. That turned out to be a strong contest and perhaps this filly went a shade too fast that day. It is difficult to assess that point in some ways but this two-year-old must have a level of ability. The draw is a big concern and it will be a task made all the more difficult from stall 1. One to consider although a difficult race to be overly confident with such a competitive look.

Other races:
2:10 Hamilton
3:50 Lingfield