Dan Skelton seems to have his team in decent shape in the early part of campaign
Dan Skelton seems to have his team in decent shape in the early part of campaign – highlighted by the win of Mister Miyagi here yesterday – and WORKBENCH (best price 15/2)
has the potential to put another one on the board for the Alcester handler and follow up his success at Fontwell last time out. In what was an extremely strongly-run race for the track, the son of Network could be called the winner some way out at the Sussex venue so well did he travel through the contest, and now that connections have finally worked out that he requires a fast-run two miles to be at his best, the seven-year-old can continue to progress through the ranks.
Workbench - 0.5pt e/w @ 15/2Placed 0.43pt
Similarly to stable mate Star Storm, who landed a pattern race after winning a couple of egg-and-spoon contests, MODERAH (best price 9/2)
has been raised significantly in class by her shrewd handler after winning a modest maiden on her most recent outing at Leicester. James Fanshawe clearly believes his filly has what it takes to gain some black type on only her fourth career start and it’s easy to why the Newmarket trainer would take that view given how easy the daughter of Makfi scored at the Midland venue. Clearly well suited by the combination of soft ground and the 1m 4f trip, the forecast rain will ensure a decent test of stamina and that seems to be the selection’s main asset on the evidence of her recent display.
Moderah - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Placed -0.1pt
KASTINI (best price 15/2)
has developed a real love affair with the Berkshire venue in recent times and he’s likely to have the perfect conditions in order to add to his already impressive track stats. Denis Coakley’s charge has course form figures of 3111 when he’s been allowed to run beyond a mile with some cut in the ground, and likely to be ridden with plenty of confidence by Oisin Murphy, who got on with the him famously last time, the son of Halling can swoop to conqueror late in the piece.
Kastini - 0.5pt e/w @ 15/2Lost 1pt
BLUE DE VEGA (best price 6/4)
looked a special two-year-old when winning in facile fashion at Naas last time out and he clearly impressed the Qatar Racing boys too, as they quickly swooped to buy Michael O’Callaghan’s charge in order to race in the famous maroon colours. Too green to do himself justice first time out on the AW at Dundalk, the son of Lope De Vega proved to be a different kettle of fish next time, defying a potentially tricky outside draw to win going away in the straight by a long-looking four-and-three-quarter lengths. The visual impression of the performance was backed up by the clock and with the runner-up, Tribal Beat, enhancing the form with a wide-margin success on his next start, everything stacks up in favour of this hugely promising colt.
Blue De Vega - 2pt @ 6/4Won 3pt
LIGHT MUSIC (best price 6/4)
shaped like a nice filly on debut and having made no mistake when a big odds-on poke last time, she arrives here full of confidence in her bid to gain valuable black type before heading into the winter months. A well-made daughter of Elusive Quality, William Haggas’ charge was unlucky to bump into the very smart Nathra on debut at Salisbury, but with John Gosden’s filly going on to finish runner-up to Minding in the best two-year-old fillies’ race of the season, she clearly has the best collateral form on offer coming into this contest.
Light Music - 1pt @ 6/4Won 1.5pt
It would be great if Clive Brittain could head off into the sunset on the back of a winner and in the shape of ACCLIO (best price 22/1)
, there’s more than a fair chance that could well turn out to be the case – despite the big prices on offer. The daughter of Acclimation was a winner this time last season over 7f on soft ground at Redcar and although it took a while for her to add to that one and only victory, she did finally produce the goods again at Yarmouth two starts ago. Extremely unlucky not to follow up that success when stopped in her tracks several times at Chester last time out, the way she finished off her race suggests she has a much better chance here than her early 22/1 quotes would imply.
Acclio - 0.5pt e/w @ 22/1Lost 1pt