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Sunday, 21 August 2011

3:10 Folkestone (21st August) - Result

An EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes over 7f on good to firm ground.

A fairly competitive race by Folkestone standards.

Ziefdh, trained by Paul Cole, made an encouraging debut when racing at Newbury over 6f. This daughter of Haafd is out of a Listed-winning mare and held in some regard by connections. A good-looking filly - quite athletic, strong and fluent stride - she finished with promise behind a well touted juvenile and will clearly enjoy this extra furlong. There was much to like about that performance. Cole's juveniles are generally primed to run a big race on their second start - a number have gone well this season - and Ziefdh has fair win and place claims.

Of those with form, Viola Da Gamba has shown promise on both starts and probably sets the standard. Knight's filly was backed from huge prices on debut and ran well in a pretty competitive race. From there, this daughter of Alhaarth ran in a valuable fillies' maiden at Goodwood. Although slightly short of room in the closing stages, she probably ran her race, which suggests a fair level of ability but always vulnerable to a juvenile with a touch of class. With experience on side, this bay filly is one for the short list and has fair place claims. If the major fancies fail to delivery she may take advantage.

Livia's Dream was fancied to go well on debut at Doncaster. Ed Walker doesn't have many two-year-olds in training and it was quite surprising to see one of his representative so short in the betting. By all accounts this daughter of Teofilo ran a big race, especially when considering it was no more than a hands and heels ride. The form of that race is fair and there should be improvement to come. This looks a stiffer competition and others make more appeal.

Of the unraced, Dawn Glory and Wild Silk are worthy of note. The best indicator of their chances. If priced 13/2 & less they could well play a part in the finish.

Dawn Glory hails from the in-form stable of Roger Charlton. In fact, six of his last eleven horses have won, which makes impressive reading. Charlton's two-year-olds are often accompanied with the tag that they rarely win on debut. However, they do hold quite respectable win and place claims when priced 13/2 & less. If featured in this betting guide, Dawn Glory may be a live chance.

A similar story can be told for Wild Silk, although Sir Michael Stoute has a much stronger claims with his fancied debutantes. Her trainer rarely sends juveniles to this course but they generally go very well and as a 165,000gnd yearling - owned by Cheveley Park Stud - she has the profile of a winner waiting to happen.

Conclusion: Ziefhd ran well on debut and Cole's two-year-olds have good win and place claims when fancied on their second start. However, there could be one or two in opposition. Viola Da Gamba sets a fair level of ability but looks vulnerable to a talented juvenile. At fair odds, she could well sneak into a place and if others do not live up to their potential may take the spoils. Livia's Dream will needs to improve a few lengths to win and although respected looks to have place claims at best. The betting will tell the story for Wild Silk and Dawn Glory. If priced 13/2 & less they could pose a serious threat.

HCE: ''Ziefhd lead from start to finish and could well follow in her mother's footsteps attempting pattern class. Viola Da Gamba done nothing wrong in second, while Ashbina - who had been fancied on debut - showed ability to take third. Wild Silk & Dawn Glory were both in their betting guides but showed little.''