Saturday 20 August 2011

4:15 York (20th August) - Result

A Listed race over 5f on good to soft ground.

A number of these do not look up to this class.

Vocational has been highly tested and after two creditable runs at Group level will enjoy this drop in class and looks the horse to beat. This daughter of Exceed And Excel showed good pace over course and distance when second to the talented Miss Work Of Art earlier in the season. A fair each way selection if price allows.

Gusto made a sparkling impression last time at Haydock with a four-length beating of Glen Moss. An attractive bay colt by Oasis Dream he is a determined character. Whether this drop to the minimum distance will be ideal only time will tell but it is understandable connections are interested in raising the stakes after that clear-cut win. I would rather watch and learn a little more today.

Excelette is a speedster and Smart's juvenile has improved a good deal in her last couple of races. Another who has claims but likely to find one or two better.

My Propeller was truly in flying form when demolishing the opposition at Pontefract. In fairness, this wasn't the strongest of races but that was a blistering performance. A drop to 5f may be the answer after disappointing at Newmarket.

Forevertheoptimist is a grand-looking gelding and although rather in and out of form, on his day is a very good juvenile. His win over Kohala at Sandown gives Stubbs' two-year-old a shot at speculative prices and with Fallon taking the ride is worthy of respect.

Conclusion:  A tricky race. Vocational has been running well at a higher level and will go close. A fair each way bet if the price allows. Gusto, Excelette and My Propeller are all talented juveniles but have something to prove. Evertheoptimistic is a big, strong gelding and being trained by a less fashionable stable may slip under the radar. At speculative odds he has a fighting chance of sneaking into the frame.

HCE: ''A flying performance from Propeller who showed her natural speed to win at Listed class. Last Bid ran a stormer in second, putting last time's disappointing effort behind her. Excelette gained black type with a deserved third place. The first three placings all going to the fillies.''