Tuesday 3 August 2010

5:55 Southwell

An EBF maiden over 1m and a fair race for Southwell.

Mills, just like his late father Terry, is always worth a second glance when his juveniles run on the all-weather tracks. Jacobs Son seemed to be struggling for pace last time out at Lingfield but ran on well just failing to catch a tiring Rutterkin at the line. On that viewing, this gelding by Refuse To Bend should enjoy this extra furlong. A big, strong two-year-old, he is in good form and should be in the frame and battling for a win.

Good Boy Jackson was slow away at Ayr and from quite a wide draw had plenty on his plate from an early stage. To be fair, this youngster showed some ability to get into the race and ran on well at the finish although out classed by the easy winner Goldenveil who had shown a level of form on debut and a capable sort. Good Boy Jackson probably sets a basic level of form and more improvement will be needed here. That said, over this extra distance and with experience this son of Firebreak could be a there abouts.

Howie Morrison is a talented trainer and Pisco Sour could well progress into a decent horse. A 100,000 yearling, this American-bred by Lemon Drop Kid ran in a very strong maiden at Newmarket. It would be no surprise to see a handful of winners come from that contest and to all purposes this is a drop in class. Connections have owned some talented juveniles with the trainer including Group-winning, Stimulation. A more professional performance should be seen today. The only negative is that Morrison doesn't feature the best win rate with his fancied juveniles on their second start although place rates are fair.

Of the rest, two fillies take on the colts and gelding - both have ability.

Soie De Chine is bred to want a trip and being a sister to Mannlichen is likely to be winning at some point in her career. This filly has run similar races on both her starts and looks a progressive sort. The form of Thirsk race looks decent but this youngster may be the type to flatter to deceive. After finding trouble in-running at Thirsk she ran on well at the finish giving the impression this extra furlong would bring about further improvement. However, this two-year-old looks a little on the weak side and will be better in time. Against the colts this may be a tough task.

Little Book is another progressive filly. That was a very good maiden at Doncaster, as proved by the second and third running so well at Goodwood. Even though a few lengths behind that day it wouldn't be wise to forget about Vaughan's two-year-old. An attractive type, she may struggle to compete against the colts but her day will come.

A decent race for Southwell and a number of these will be looking for that elusive first victory. Jackobs Son has strong place claims and the extra furlong could see another determined finish at the line.

Other races:

2:00 catterick
2:15 Chepstow
3:15 Chepstow
3:45 Chepstow