The horseboxes are heading in various directions on what is one of our busiest days racing in recent memory with SIX runners at FOUR different meetings all over the country – hopefully there is at least one winner amongst them!
DUKE OF BRONTE – 3:00 York ITV4 / RUK
It was a cracking effort from this son of Mount Nelson to get some black type by finishing third when stepped up to Listed Company at Goodwood three weeks ago. A very steady pace counted against him and he had just found his stride when badly hampered inside the final fifty yards. While he crossed the line in fourth, he was rightly promoted to third and we think it cost him second as well. That was over 1m4f and he steps back up to 1m6f in another Listed contest this afternoon, a race which looks extremely competitive on paper with Group 2 winner Marmelo and Weekender both having official marks of 114. The ‘Duke’ is now rated 104 and while we are confident he will improve again stepping up in trip, it will be intriguing to see just how much he can improve. York should suit his running style and we are looking forward to him taking another step up the ladder.
MAWDE – 3:30 Bath ATR
Compact speedy filly who showed improved form when fourth on her second start at Bath three weeks ago and she should step up on that effort again this afternoon. Surprisingly it is a very competitive fillies novice but she will run better than her big odds suggest.
HAWRIDGE FLYER – 5:35 Sandown RUK
A likeable son of Sir Percy who has joined the yard this season and was narrowly denied when runner-up on soft ground at Goodwood two weeks ago. He showed a good attitude under pressure on that occasion and suggested that the step up to 1m6f was worth a try. A bigger concern would be the quicker ground, as he was slightly disappointing at Newmarket on his only run on a similar surface but the steady pace did not suit him on that occasion and the straight track is not to every horses liking. A repeat of Goodwood would see him go very close.
SPOT LITE / RIO SANTOS– 5:55 Bath ATR
Unfortunately both Spot Lite and Rio Santos take each other on again in the three-year-old sprint at Bath, which is not ideal but it represents the best upcoming opportunity for both as they handle quick ground. There was only half a length in it when they were first and third back in May and while Spot Lite is improving, Rio Santos is 8lb better off this afternoon so there won’t be much between them again. Spot Lite followed up that Bath win by making all at Chelmsford and it may have been the slightly more patient tactics at Nottingham on Sunday did not suit when only third and he is better than that. Meanwhile Rio Santos followed up Bath with another solid third at Salisbury before failing to handle the soft ground at Chepstow last time out.
SUFFICIENT – 6:10 Leicester RUK
Well bred Showcasing filly related to plenty of winners, including Oasis Dancer and Smart Enough. Unfortunately she is blind in one eye and it may take her a while to get comfortable with racing but she shows plenty of ability at home. It was not ideal that she got crowded on the inside on her debut at Windsor which caused her to race keenly but she showed promise in a race that is working out well. The smaller field and a low draw in two means she will have plenty of space to race in this evening and a prominent showing would not surprise.
STEEVE – SECOND
It was a solid effort from tough two-year-old Steeve to finish second at Chepstow last night. The son of Lethal Force was carrying a six pound penalty for his Salisbury success and that made life hard but he rallied inside the final furlong to claim the runners up spot and he is sure to benefit from stepping up to seven furlongs in the future.