Monday 12 July 2010

6:20 Wolverhampton

After no two-year-old racing on Sunday it is good to have a few races of interest today.

A restricted auction race over the extended 5f (216y).

This should be a good opportunity for Restless Bay to gain his first win. After a promising debut at Doncaster this son of Elusive City looked to have a big chance at Haydock but things didn't go Hollinshead's way. This brown colt has a lot of size and scope but clearly needs more racing to gain experience. It takes this two-year-old a while to get motoring and at Haydock had a lot to do in the final furlong and then being hampered concluded any hopes of a win although Restless Bay ran on in encouraging style. It is debatable whether this turning course of Wolverhampton will suit as he looks much more of a galloper than a natural speed horse. A slow start would be another negative. At this level, even with a few concerns, this youngster should be running on well at the line and a live chance to take this auction.

Heartbreak went off favourite at Hamilton when finishing 3rd. It may be the case that Fahey's two-year-old was expected to do better but it was a fair run against a few experienced horses. Fahey has been in such good form that it would be no surprise to see an improved performance today as the trainer features much higher win and place statistics on second start and this doesn't look the strongest of contests.

Of the debutantes Imaginary World is worth noting as the McMahon/Fretwell combination is often a recipe for success. This filly by Exceed And Excel was a relatively cheap yearling at 18,000gns. From a wide draw and turning track this isn't the best course to run on debut especially against experienced opposition. However, McMahon is a very good trainer and his juveniles often run well on their racecourse bow. At present, this runner doesn't seem that fancied on the exchanges but if backed it could be significant.

Other races:
2:00 Ayr
6:40 Windsor
7:40 Windsor