Saturday 11 September 2010

2:35 Chester

2:35 Chester

The most interesting race for me today but not enough to bet.

Edmaaj is the most likely winner. His finishing position in the Convivial maiden at York sets a decent standard of form although Hills' youngster took an age to get going after a slowish start in a fast-run race. This shouldn't be such a testing affair and this son of Intikhab is likely to sit in a handy position and finish his race well.

Ibsaar was well backed to run a big race at Newcastle but struggled to finish his race that day and may once again be tiring in the final 100y.

Ventura Sands ran well on debut, especially considering he pulled hard for the first two furlongs. A good-looking colt, with plenty of size and scope, he ran no race at Thirsk. This colt by Footstepsinthesand has quite a knee action and may have been unsuited by the faster ground. He was rather keen that day and the extra furlong may have been a stride too far. A horse that could well come back to form and be a threat.

It is difficult to know what to think of Marked Card, who went off 3/1 joint favourite for a strong Newmarket maiden. Perhaps there was something amiss that day and after a long absence he may prove that running all wrong. The betting will be the best guide to this ones chances.

Of the rest Jane's Legacy is worth a mention, trained by Reg Hollinshead. It is never easy to win on debut especially against proven juveniles and a fast, turning track as Chester. However, this bay filly has been entered for a stakes race, which is a sign of encouragement and, if backed, would be worth keeping an eye on.

Not the most straightforward of races although Edmaaj is the most likely winner. Ventura Sands is the main threat while Ibsaar seems to struggle to get 7f and could be the weak link.

Today's races:

1:45 Sandown
2:10 Doncaster
2:35 Chester
4:00 Sandown
4:10 Chester
4:25 Doncaster
4:40 Goodwood
7:30 Kempton