Thursday 22 September 2011

6:00 Wolverhampton (22nd September) - Result

A Median Auction Maiden Stakes over 5f 216y.

Ashbina is a progressive filly. This daughter of Royal Applause was fancied on debut but clearly needed the experience. An improved performance came on her second start at Folkestone in a fair maiden. Further progress was seen at Epsom. This is a drop in class. The only concern is that 6f will be on the sharp side although she will run to the line, which is a strength at this level.

 A leading chance and if drifting to an each way price a very good bet.

Chillie Billie is limited but a determined little colt by Piccolo. He looked a winner last time at Wolverhampton, going clear, only to be collared in the dying strides. From a low draw, similar front running tactics are likely to be employed. There is a fair chance McEntee's youngster will go clear and supporters will hope beyond hope he can hang on. With Fallon taking the ride, I would fear he is under priced. If betting on this youngster I would try and lay the stake at short odds because there is a very good chance of a no-lose bet. In his usual, determined style, Chillie Billie will try to gain his first win but may be susceptible to a late charge.

Of the others Arctic Stryker ran well at Brighton on testing conditions and has place claims.

Conclusion: Ashbina has respectable win and place claims. She is the horse to beat but there is a slight concern over this step back in distance. Chillie Billie will most likely lead the way and may well hold on but always vulnerable at the finish.

HCE: ''Chillie Billie tried to lead all the way but foundered at the furlong pole. Ashbina looked to have the race in the bag but Irish raider For Shai And Lula rallied to get back up on the line.''