Saturday 2 July 2011

2:25 Beverley (2nd July)

An EBF maiden over 5f on good to firm ground.

Plenty of speed on show here with Stepper Point and Right Result. 

The former, trained by William Muir, ran well last time at Warwick when heavily backed. This son of Kyllachy has an abundance of pace but settled pretty well after looking keen over 6f at Haydock. Beating Lana and Night Angel was a fair effort as both of those juveniles look capable. The winner, Pressure Drop, ran quite well at Windsor after an awkward start and then being rushed into the race. Also, Stepper Point may not have been favoured by running down the far rail at Warwick. Whether he is quite the class of Right Result, Springinmystep & Kimabali is a matter for debate. But he is likely to have many of these on the back foot and at speculative odds could go well.

Right Result is another horse to run creditably on all three starts. He certainly has enough ability to win a race and goes well over both five and six furlongs. A bay colt by Acclamation, he is a good looker, quite tall and athletic, with a fair cruising speed. He is likely to travel well and battles at the finish, which is a plus at this course. Hannon rarely send juveniles to Beverley and he has an impressive strike rate although from a small sample. They clearly come here meaning business and Right Result has respectable win and place claims.

Michael Dods has been in sparkling form with his juveniles this season, especially his debutantes. Springinmystep ran well on his racecourse bow at Carlisle, finishing second to a talented juvenile in Worthington. From a wide draw, he took his time to get into his stride but finished with some purpose and will probably do the same today. The Carlisle race was run at a hectic pace, which didn't suit some of the front runners, who went a stride too fast for their own good. There is a fair chance - especially after watching this son of Footstepsinthesand run at Royal Ascot - that he may be outpaced in the early stages. A recent Gimcrack (Group 2) entry illustrates they hold this youngster in high regard. But I get the impression he is a better horse over 6f. He could well be motoring home with some determination after finding himself a few lengths adrift and potentially bigger odds in-running.

Richard Fahey is one of few trainers to have his debutantes fit and ready to do themselves justice. Kimbali - a colt by Clodovil - is a breeze-up purchase costing £45,000. Clearly he has been showing a fair level of ability on the gallops to head the betting. Fahey has a decent strike rate at the course and with hs fancied debutantes in general. It's possible Kimbali is a flying machine. However, it is never easy to win on debut, especially against experienced opposition and talented juveniles at that. This would need to be a fair two year old to win at the first time of asking and a watching brief.

Conclusion: An intriguing race. Stepper Point and Right Result could lead these a merry dance because both have speed to burn and likely to travel well. The former has more to prove but is no forlorn hope and has each way claims at a speculative price. Right Result has very good place claims and a fighting chance of a win. Hannon doesn't send many juveniles to Beverley and they expect a big run. Springinmystep could be the best horse in this field. However, five furlongs may not be his ideal trip, especially against horses which will travel with ease for much of this race. You will probably get much bigger odds in running and have to hope he finishes with purpose. Kimbali has been very well backed but needs to be pretty good to get involved.

HCE: ''A decent race and Springinmystep never looked in any trouble over this 5f and ran out a comfortable winner. He could well be heading for the Gimcrack. Kimbali ran a great race and clearly the betting illustrated a horse with ability. A winner in the making. Right Result done well to snatch third after missing the break, which really put pay to his chances.''