Friday 15 July 2011

1:55 Newbury (15th July) - Result

An EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes over 6f 8y on good to firm ground.

Tickled Pink ran a cracking race on debut at Leicester, a race that by any standards was high class. The winner has gone on to finish second in the Cherry Hinton (Group 2), the third narrowly beaten at Listed class. Sir Henry Cecil's juvenile is a good-looking filly  - a grey by Invincible Spirit. Make no mistake it will take a classy juvenile to beat her. Connections will be hoping to take this race in some style before more loftier engagements such at the Lowther (Group 2) and the Moyglare (Group 1).

In a sizable field, there is always the chance one or two talents may be found. Of the form horses Lady Gorgeous is a lovely-looking juvenile and ran with credit on debut, perhaps unlucky not to win. The form of that race isn't of the same calibre as Tickled Pink but there could be improvement to come. Another with an entry for the Lowther (Group 2). Channon's juveniles often improve for the experience and have fair win and place claims when fancied in the betting on their second start.

Of the unraced, Idols Eye (HCE Dark Horse) may slip under the radar. To be fair this daughter of Red Ransom - an American bred - needs to be a very talented juvenile to win this race on debut. However, it is worth noting that this 34,000gns foal has been entered to run in a Listed race, which is a significant pointer to ability. The Hannon jockey bookings are difficult to assess but it wouldn't be a surprise to find this juvenile is their first string. If backed it would be even more encouraging. There is a chance this filly will need the run and not be primed for the day - but that is always a concern for any debutante. At speculative odds, she could creep into a place at fancy price.

Conclusion: Tickled Pink should give her backers something to smile about today. That Leicester debut set a high standard and she looks to be at least Listed class by a basic assessment of form. Connections will be hoping for an impressive win and then consider the Lowther (Group 2) as their next target. It is worth noting, however, that no race is a formality and why punters should never be afraid of one horse. Lady Gorgeous takes after her name and has sound place claims. Idols Eye is worthy of note and may be a surprise package at speculative odds.

HCE: ''Favourite backers didn't have too much to smile about when Tickled Pink was outpointed by Lady Gorgeous at the finish. This was probably a decent race and it will be interesting to see if Channon's winner goes to the Lowther. Dance Company showed promise in 3rd.''