Friday 22 July 2011

2:10 Ascot (22nd July) - Result

A Maiden Fillies' Stakes over 6f on good to soft ground with decent prize money.

This looks a competitive race.

Besito (HCE Dark Horse) ran well on debut at Leciester. The winner has since gone on to finish runner-up in the Cherry Hinton (Group 2) and others have franked the form. This daughter of Kodiac is a lovely-looking filly. Deep chested, with size and scope to progress with racing. I can imagine William Jarvis expected a little more on her first start but he couldn't have expected to find such a hot race. A 67,000gns breeze-up buy, she looked experienced enough that day but tired in the final furlong as if needing the run. It could be the case that was her running. However, Jarvis doesn't have the best win rate with juveniles making their racecourse bow, so better can be expected. A leading chance with strong place claims.

David Simcock has been hitting the mark with a few of his two-year-olds of late and Hello Glory shaped well on debut at Newmarket. That was a decent maiden and this daughter of Zamindar done well to get competitve against a number of experienced juveniles. A Lowther (Group 2) and Cheveley Park (Group 1) entry suggest this filly has potential to go on to better things and another to respect.

From the same race Caterina finished just behind Hello Glory, an improvement on her debut. On balance, I would favour Simcock's youngster.

Rod Millman has been in flying form with his juveniles this season and a trainer I have a lot of respect. Ivor's Princess has a proven level of form and these more testing conditions will probably bring about further improvement. This daughter of Atraf may look an ugly duckling against a few of these but that doesn't stop her running. There is little doubt she will touch much bigger odds in running as she is prone to be outpaced but likely to fly home at the finish. This looks a tough race but a fair win and place chance.

Rain Dance didn't achieve a great deal on debut but with Hughes on board is likely to shape fitter today.

Conclusion: A competitive heat. Ivor's Princess is likely to struggle to go the pace but will finish with some vigour. Hello Glory and Besito are the talking horses and both have respectable win and place claims. All three noted have fair each way claims.

HCE: ''A decent race and plenty of winners will come from this field. Hello Glory improved from her debut and ran out an easy winner. The Lowther will be on the agenda. Besito was a touch wayward but has ability. She is a good-looking filly who will be winning soon.''