Friday 9 July 2010

6:20 Newbury

An EBF maiden fillies' race over 7f.

Date With Destiny will be the centre of attention here being the only foal of George Washington. Costing 320,000gns this bay filly has a lot to live up to and time will tell if this two-year-old is a good buy. Richard Hannon can do little wrong this season and owner Mrs J Wood could not have wished for such a good year with the likes of Strong Suit winning at Royal Ascot. Already a short price on the exchanges, this youngster clearly has a reputation but whether that is as much to do with hyperbole is a matter of debate. An exciting runner here but this will be no easy task against some experienced and talented juveniles.

Godolphin are having a fair season and Mahmood Al Zarooni seems to have the knack of winning second time out this season. Pencarrow was another expensive buy at 260,000gns and ran well on debut at Kempton. It is difficult to assess the basic form although the 4th Jetfire has run a big race since, however, she had a poor draw that day which didn't see her true running. Pencarrow has claims although drawn 2 may be a slight negative as the pace is often up the rail.

Zanazzi and Mortitia finished 2nd and 4th respectively behind the talented Cape Dollar and both have chances today. The latter trained by Brian Meehan could narrow the gap as this daughter of Dansili had a wide draw that day and was soon many lengths behind but made good progress to fade in the final furlong. With experience and a higher draw there may not be much between this pair. Meehan's juveniles can improve a good deal for their initial run and this two-year-old has some size and scope. Zanazzi is a talented juvenile and certainly travelled well last time and course and distance experience are all pluses. Both of these runners are fair each way bets against the favourite who for all of the interest is yet to prove a level of ability.

Bet: 6:20 Newbury - Zanazzi 1PTEW (9/2) 2nd
Comment: 'Another fine run by the consistent Zanazzi who is a determined two-year-old but not quite to the level of Date With Destiny.'

Other races:
2:00 Newmarket
2:15 York
2:25 Ascot
3:35 Ascot
3:45 Newmarket
4:20 Newmarket
7:00 Chepstow
7:55 Newbury
8:15 Chester
8:50 Chester