St Leger Festival Preview and tips – Ladies Day – Day 2

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British Stallion Studs ‘Carrie Red’ EBF Fillies’ Nursery (Class 2) (2YO only) (1.55): Glitter Girl’s two wins have been impressive but there’s not been much substance to that form despite the style of both of them and this is obviously much more competitive. Arwa, who benefitted greatly from her debut at Newmarket when running out an impressive winner at Ripon on her second start, was still keen but finished her race extremely strongly and it was clear from a long way out that she was the only one in the running to win that contest. With further progress today looking assured on visual evidence she can step up once again.

Rosabelle ran a fine race from the front when second in a good conditions stakes at Chester, making the winner (a previous scorer at Newbury) work hard for the success and on the basis of that she can be competitive here. Mark Johnston’s pairing of Storm Cry and La Casa Terifa were third and second in a competitive Nursery at York’s Ebor meeting and the form of that took a boost in a small way yesterday, and they are entitled to serious respect.

Advice: 1 pt each/way Arwa (8/1 general), 1 pt each/way Rosabelle (12/1 general)

Clugston Construction May Hill Stakes (Fillies’ Group 2) (Str) (Class 1) (2YO only) (2.30): The feeling is that there have been stronger renewals of this. Kilmah sets a decent standard and she can once again beat Urban Fox, Tributina, Grecian Fox and Grecian Light and that standard should see her being hard to beat here, especially if one forgives her run in the Lowther Stakes two starts ago. Rich Legacy was fourth that day when Goodwood may not have suited and the penny took a long time to drop, so this step up in trip really ought to suit Ralph Beckett’s filly. Hidden Steps was quietly impressive to get to the lead in the nick of time to win her Lingfield maiden and has to be respected second time up, but the main threat could well be Blending, a stout winner at Newmarket who responded well to pressure late on in a maiden that has worked out well so far with the second and third having won since (and the fourth and fifth finishing runner up).

Advice: No bet

DFS Park Hill Stakes (Fillies’ Group 2) (Class 1) (3YO plus) (3:05): Simple Verse disappointed last time in the Hardwicke but her two previous runs this season represent solid form and this step up in trip should be a big aid for last year’s St Leger winner. After that Doncaster success she won a strong renewal of the Fillies and Mares’ race at Champions Day at Ascot and following her second in the Jockey Club Stakes she was fourth behind Postponed, Found, and Roseburg in the Coronation Cup at Epsom. That’s the best form in this field and she deserves to be given a chance to get back to her best here.

There are a number of three year old fillies in here and the most interesting of them is Pretty Prefect. Aidan O’Brien’s filly has already had two successes this season, taking the Salasbil Stakes in style before then winning the Munster Oaks but four lengths with stablemate Best In The World (third) then going onto take the Give Thanks Stakes and do so in style, whilst her last effort – fourth in the Yorkshire Oaks – also representing solid form. The progressive three year old pairings of Abbdingon, a stout winner at York in the Galtres Stakes, and California, who won the Lille Langtry in similar style last time when getting away from Tioga Pass in the last furlong (Mill Springs fourth) both deserve serious respect. Carchany should find this easier than the tasks that she’s been set the last twice and could be best of the outsiders for all that Forever poplar ought to enjoy the step up in trip a great deal. Pamona has talent but has become disappointing.

Advice: 1 pt win Simple Verse (5/1 general), 1 pt each/way Pretty Perfect (8/1 general)

Weatherbys Hamilton 300,000 2-y-o Stakes (Class 2) (2YO only) (3.40): A good renewal. The drier the ground the better of the top rated Global Applause, who was fourth in the Gimcrack with last week’s impressive Sirenia Stakes winner The Last Lion just ahead of him. His earlier form with Mehmas reads exceptionally well and that form will make him hard to beat, enough so that he is the pick here at what appear to be generous enough weights. although Mubtasim will surely run better today than he did that day and the pair are entitled to respect. Bohemian Flame won his maiden impressively before being well held in the National and Richmond Stakes and should be thereabouts.

A good number of these have already run in sales races and of those Stormy Clouds, an impressive winner of the Goffs Premier Yearling Stakes from on the speed when she beat Rusumaat with plenty in hand. She’s very well treated considering that success with Rusumaat now worse off here and should go well. Spiritual Lady, whose poor start didn’t help her in the Super Sprint, ought to be suited by today’s distance and is really well weighted, so watch out for hr and the second Maktoum runner Mutawaaked.

Advice: 1 pt each/way Global Applause (7/1 general) Handicap (Class 2) (3YO plus) (4.15): Poet’s Word did well to get up at Glorious Goodwood and the form of that race has since been backed up by wins for the third and fourth. He’s gone up 10lbs in the weights for that success (fair given the form) and ought to take the beating once again. Godolphin’s Lusory overcame greenness on debut to win readily before finishing second in what has turned out to be a decent handicap and she should surely be going on from that on just her third run. The pair are entitled to serious respect and so too is Luca Cumani’s Berdmonsey, fourth in a strongly contested Sandown handicap when the first two home were last time out winners off lowly weights. If you forgive his blip at Ascot two starts ago then he was a very impressive winner on his seasonal reappearance and he has the look of a horse that’s improving and fast. Mark Johnston’s Ode to Evening was returned to form last time out when beating Cote D’Azur in what was a good handicap at Beverley and Roger Varian’s Central Square should be happier back at this trip.

Advice: 1 pt each/way Berdmonsey (9/2 general)

DFS British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (Str) (Plus 10) (Class 3) (2YO only) (4.50): A strong maiden even by Town Moor standards. Despite the presence of a couple of taking newcomers, including Owen Burrows Okool and Charlie Appleby’s Wolf County, but the claims of those who do have experience are compelling and Hydroxide was unlucky not to turn over a 1/5 favourite on the July Course on his debut. He probably would have gotten there in the nick of time if he’d not sat in the stalls and he also came severlalegths windiest when launching is eventual; challenge. The form of that maiden in behind is no more than fair but a winner has at least come out of it since and it was a more compelling visual claim than either The Anvil or Glencadam Glory. The Anvil’s maiden has had stablemate Yucatan win from seventh since (although the winner might have been a letdown in a maiden since) whilst John Gosden’s Glencadam Glory is also entitled to plenty of respect.

Advice: 2 pts win Hydroxide (11/4 general)

Ladbrokes Handicap (Class 3) (3YO plus) (6.00): Hellishly difficult but Ashpan Sam had been dropping plenty in the weights before a fine effort when chasing home Highland Acclaim at Epsom, the two having led all the way from the front. Ashpan Sam is going to have the better of the weights by a small margin here and that may be enough to turnaround the form here. It is interesting to note that War Whisper makes his reappearance here after a long time off the track, having impressed when breaking his maiden at the second time of asking with little fuss, whilst Fendale was first of 10 on his side in the consolidation race for the Great St Wilfrid Stakes and is entitled to be of interest based purely on that, however this race might be one to avoid.

Advice: No bet.

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