The best chance of the day must be SWEET PURSUIT (pictured – thanks to Brian Kedward) who heads to Ffos Las bidding for a course hat-trick having won back to back races at the track last month. She missed the start of the season as she was misbehaving in the stalls but when she behaves and jumps on terms, she is an extremely tough and consistent filly. The recent rain is strongly in her favour as she loves soft ground and with just six runners, she has a good chance of defying the 11lb rise for her last two victories.
The recent rain means we can finally get some of the later maturing two-year-olds out and therefore we are represented by three in the two-year-old novice. The sharpest of these is probably HAWRIDGE STORM but as a son of Intello, it is likely that he will come into his own as a three-year-old. That comment definitely applies to PRINCE OF HARTS, half-brother to two of our stable stars in Taws and Duke of Bronte while BONNEVILLE had a run here three weeks ago but will be one for middle-distance handicaps next year.
After a strong three-year-old campaign with two wins last year, HAWRIDGE GLORY hasn’t taken the necessary step forward this season and we have been at a bit of a loss as to why. However, he drops down into Class 6 company for the first time and he will enjoy the softer ground so hopefully it will be a step back in the right direction this afternoon.
Probably the most consistent horse in the yard this year has been HAWRIDGE FLYER (a busy day for Mr Gadsden with all three of his horses in action!) who has run right up to his mark by finishing placed in some competitive handicaps and deserves to win. He won at the meeting last year and will love the soft ground but it is never easy to give weight away to the three-year-olds getting that valuable 11lb weight for age allowance and he faces a couple of interesting Newmarket raiders. However, with his excellent attitude, he shouldn’t be far away and with some luck he can get off the mark for the yard.