Tuesday 8 July 2014


A Maiden Auction Stakes over 5f 43y on good to firm ground. Just the four runners but an interesting duel between the two likely favourites.

Somedaysrdiamonds has raced twice and looks to have a tough task even in this restricted race type. 

Martyn Meade has popped up in the training ranks a number of times over the years and this season made his mark with class two-year-old Bazzana, who wasn't disgrace when down the field in the Albany Stakes (Group 3) at Royal Ascot. Loumarin may have been sent off at the odds of 66/1 when making her debut at Newbury but bellied that price when leading until the last 100m to finish fourth, beaten less than three lengths. This 7,000euro yearling is dropped down to the minimum trip today. The form of that first race looks fair for the grade. There is a chance this drop back in distance will blunt his speed but with such a small field it could well be a tactical affair and he should run to the line. 

Rockaroundtheclock disappointed on debut at Goodwood over 5f when quite fancied in the betting. Make no mistake this chestnut colt is held in some regard by Paul Cole [pictured]. This son of Starspangledbanner was expected to go well on his debut but a wide draw see him run into daylight and in a matter of strides all chance had gone. This February foal was bought at a snip of a price when Cole purchased him at the breeze-up sales for 20,000gns. Considering he was sold for 24,000euros as a foal and £46,000 as a yearling, his original owners didn't have a particularly good day at the sales. Connections will not get a better chance to notch a second-start win and it is encouraging that Cole has kept an interest in this horse with Chris Wright. I would expect a bold show from this horse today. 

The debutante of the field is Spring Loaded, who hails from Paul D'Arcy. This son of first season sire Zebedee was purchased at the yearling sales by the trainer for £20,000. In general, the stable do not send out many two-year-old winners on their racing bow although they have exceptions as seen with Racing Mate [14/1 winner, August, 2013]. The stable have a small sample at this course but a good strike rate with their juveniles and Ryan Moore is a very unusual jockey booking. May make more appeal if substantially backed. 

Summary: A small but intriguing race. I can imagine two or three trainers came here expecting an easy race. Loumarin has the best form on offer and this drop down in distance should guarantee she doesn't tired at the finish as seen on debut. She sets a fair target for Rockaroundtheclock to aim. Paul Cole's charge is held in some regard by the stable who expected much better on debut. His trainer has been quoted on a few occasions detailing this youngster will be seen in a much better light on his second start. As with all horses whatever the reputation they still have to prove it on course. It is possible that this horse will be fair odds early on the exchanges and if that is true readers should fill their boots. In my opinion this colt will take all the beating today but betting is dependent on price. Until the market settles it is difficult to say. Sporting Life have a tissue price of 6/1 which pie in the sky. The horse to beat. Spring Loaded is interesting but best watched. Somedaysrdiamonds has valuable experience but looks outclassed.