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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

2:20 Pontefract (27th April) - Result

An EBF maiden for colts and fillies over 5f. Fair prize money for this so it may attract one or two with potential.

Sweet Chillie showed an element of ability in a restricted auction race at Ripon on debut. This relatively cheap bay filly was quite fancied in the betting that day and finished third. Not the biggest, she was ridden as though pretty fit and ready but never quite got to the front two. That was probably no more than an average performance. It was noticeable how readily this daughter of Intikhab was held by the second Beau Mistral. Barron has respectable win and place claims with his fancied juveniles on their second start and with experience on side is likely to run into a place.

Brian Meehan is a trainer to respect with juveniles on their second start. Safari Storm was run off his feet in the early stages at Windsor before plugging on at the finish. The winner and second looked in a different class to the others. It is slightly concerning that this colt by Dubawi was sandwiched between two juveniles that have been entered for selling races (Aquasulis & Middleton Flyer). In addition, he is quite small with a scratchy action. The major positive is that Meehan has very good win and place claims with his fancied juveniles on their second start. It may be the case Safari Sun will leave that form behind him today. It is also encouraging to note that he has been entered to run in a stakes race. A juvenile with good place claims.

Alan McCabe has done well with his juveniles this season and he is a very capable trainer. Sabusa is no world beater but isn't without ability. He is quite an attractive colt and shown a basic level of form which suggests he could win a small race. Pontefract is likely to suit because he has a tendency to be outpaced although with fitness and experience he will probably look quite speedy compared with a number  of these debutantes. On form, Sabusa could sneak into a place. However, there is something of a negative on the jockey booking. Originally, in the early declarations, Seb Sanders was booked to ride. He has a very good strike rate with McCabe, It is strange to note that Sanders is now riding Eve Johnson Houghton's debutantes Bling King. Darryll Holland is now taking the ride on Sabusa. He doesn't seem to have ridden for McCabe in the last five years.

Eve Johnson Houghton doesn't have the best win rate with her debutantes although she can certainly train juveniles to win on their racecourse bow. If it wasn't for Sanders switching rides I wouldn't give this colt by Haafhd much time. To be fair his breeding suggests that he will be better over further. However, the jockey booking could well be a clue that something is expected. There doesn't seem any reason why Sanders wouldn't ride Sabusa, so it may be logically to consider (time will tell) that this colt has some hope. It would be significant if this juvenile was backed. An interesting runner.

Of the others, Brimstone Mill has place claims if priced 13/2 & less, although Hills' two-year-olds often struggle to win on debut.

Superplex would be interesting if substantially backed as John Quinn's stable have gone very well at this course in recent years.

HCE: ''An easy victory for Sweet Chillie who was always sitting in a handy position and always looked in command. The Seb Sanders jockey booking mystery revealed that Bling King was fancied to some extent beating Sabusa. Safari Sun was well backed and suffered interference at the start but didn't progress from his debut and looks limited.''