Tuesday 26 June 2012

2:30 Beverley (26th June) Free Horse Racing Bets

A Maiden Auction Stakes over 7f 100y on soft ground.

The majority of the field raced, a couple with placed efforts.

Throwing Roses has run creditably on all of her three starts. This daughter of Clodovil is small and not the most attractive of fillies although a battling type. Ollie Pears must be frustrated this bargain buy hasn't got her head in front, especially being caught in the last few strides on debut. In truth, the juveniles which have beaten her are all talented. It would be a surprise if a horse of their calibre makes its debut here today. A versatile bay, she has cope with running over the minimum trip, stepping up to a testing 6f at Pontefract and now the ultimate test this gruelling course. The mare, Mizooka, enjoyed a trip and Clodovil enjoyed the mud, so this could be to her liking. There is always a slight concern when horses step up in distance they may be a touch keen although she has been composed in all her race to date. 

Yorkshire Icon is one of two horses fielded by Ann Duffield. This son of Sixties Icon was pretty fancied in the betting on debut at this course but showed little. He ran with much greater confidence over the minimum trip at Carlisle, when outpaced by the talented Libre. Finishing the race with real purpose indicated that further would bring more improvement. However, running at Newcastle on soft ground saw a rather indifferent performance. In the early stages this bay colt looked a little reluctant if not outpaced and then keen when rousted along by his jockey. In the closing stages he rallied and was progressing as if this trip would suit. The sire's crop seem to enjoy all distances but it would be a concern if he was keen on this testing ground. I can see Graham Lee sitting quietly, just finding a good, galloping stride, and then hope to finish the race with some purpose. Not the easiest horses to asses but one which could go well if everything falls into place.

Tiger Prince looks to be the second string for Middleham Park Racing. This gelding had a nice introduction at Musselburgh over 7f and wasn't hard pressed. Probably best watched today but may sneak a place.

Of the rest, debutante Arthur's Secret is quite interesting. Owned by E A Brookes, in the familiar red and white spotted silks, it is intriguing to see this youngster in training with John Quinn rather than Bill Turner (originally purchased by Quinn so perhaps not too much of a surprise!). What caught my attention is that this youngster has been entered to run in a Stakes race, which could be a significant pointer. The stable can ready a juvenile on its debut and they have found success at this course. If substantially backed, I would expect a big run. It is never easy to win on debut but this chestnut colt could be the dark horse of the race.

Conclusion: A tricky race in ways. Throwing Roses is a gritty customer but on the small side and at one time entered to run in a selling race, which doesn't inspire. This test of stamina may be a positive move but this is a test and a half. Yorkshire Icon has shown glimmers of ability which suggest he can win a race but what is most concerning is that he runs in snatches rather than a fluent gallop. Over this course and distance this could make life very difficult because if showing a tendency to pull he will not finish his race. The complexion of these races can change dramatically in the final furlong and the fractions need to be spot on. I can imagine Lee sitting off the pace and saving the horse's energy to run to the line but will Yorkshire Icon have different ideas? The stakes entry for Arthur's Secret caught my eye. John Quinn is a canny trainer and Brookes a lucky owner. It's never easy to win on debut but if substantially backed I can see this two-year-old going well.  

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