Hawksmoor's second in a strongly-run Rockfel Stakes is strong form and she looks overpriced.
In what appears to be the best two-year-old fillies’ race of the season, the form of the Rockfel Stakes represented by PROMISING RUN
will hopefully prove good enough to see the pair competitive in this stiffer examination. In a race run in the fastest furlong-per-furlong time on the card that afternoon, the former proved very strong in the latter stages of that 7f contest 14 days ago and drawing clear up the hill, she gave out positive signals that stamina is very much her number one weapon. She should, therefore, relish today’s step up in trip and, as she’s already proven that she can handle going down into the dip at speed at the track, the daughter of Hard Spun looks overpriced at her early 13/2 quotes. The latter, although having a bit to find with her old adversary, may have a better chance than her odds suggests if the going rides on the soft side. Seen to good effect when there was plenty of ease in the ground the time before at Goodwood, Hugo Palmer’s charge didn’t have the pace of the Godolphin-trained winner when the tempo increased two out, but it was still nice to see her get her head down and plug on nicely for third up the hill. Hailing from a yard whose last four runners have all won, 25/1 seems a little insulting.
Promising Run - 1pt @ 13/2Lost 1pt
Hawksmoor - 0.5pt e/w @ 25/1Placed 2pt
Unlucky the time before at Ascot, KEEP IN LINE (NAP)
made no mistake last time out at Newbury and looks one to keep on side despite being raised a further 8lb for that gutsy victory. Despite hanging to his left all the way up the long home straight at the Berkshire venue, the son of Soldier Hollow came out on top of a protracted dual with the well-backed favourite Satellite, and with the pair pulling an astonishing 17 lengths clear of the third (won over hurdles since), the form looks totally believable. Indeed, the evidence of clock also pointed towards the race being a high quality one of its kind and as long as there is still plenty of moisture left in the track come post time (should be a heavy dew), Saeed Bin Suroor’s inmate has bags of class to offset top weight.
Keep In Line - 1pt e/w @ 10/1Lost 2pt
ORDER OF SERVICE
suggested he is still holding his form together nicely at Haydock last time out and looks to have plenty in his favour to put up another bold show in this competitive handicap. A winner on soft ground over six furlongs at Ayr earlier in the campaign, Jim Goldie’s charge just found the rise in class finding him out over the same trip on his latest outing at Haydock, but at the same time, he still stayed on nicely to finish fourth. In between times, the Medicean gelding had been successful over seven furlongs in a fast time at Newcastle and with soft ground seen as a major boost to his chances, he appears to have slipped under the bookmakers’ radar based on their early quotes.
Order Of Service - 0.5pt e/w @ 16/1Lost 1pt
Winning from stall one in a big field at the Curragh ranks close to not licking your lips while eating a doughnut and refraining from chewing a fruit pastille in the list of impossibilities, so the performance of GLASS HOUSE
in achieving such a feat last time out has to be seriously upgraded. Sent off an easy-to-back 12/1 in a 30-strong field, Ger Lyons’ charge exhibited an immense amount of ability to overcome such an impost and she looks well worth a shot at pattern-company on the evidence of that display. Furthermore, those in behind that day, such as Zeeoneandonly, Viren’s Army, Sunnua and Nag’s Wag have all gone on to endorse the form subsequently and even though she faces a stern rival in the shape of Hit It A Bomb, who created a favourable impression with her debut win, the daughter of Showcasing should more than hold her own.
Glass House - 1pt @ 5/1Lost 1pt