The form book tells us that Desert Snow is a much better horse on the synthetic surfaces.
FAUSTINA PIUS (best price 15/2)
coped admirably with the step up in class at Bangor last time out and is strongly fancied to put up another bold show at a track where she often reserves her best form. Although she was ultimately decisively beaten by Lost Legend at the north Wales venue 28 days ago, she did manage to split subsequent winners Open Hearted and Carrigmorna King and if she can translate that level of form back to her favourite track, local connections may well be celebrating yet again.
Faustina Pius - 0.5pt e/w @ 15/2Placed 0.25pt
Although MR PICKWICK (best price 5/2)
failed in his bid to land a well-orchestrated punt on handicap debut at Nottingham last time, he left the impression the money placed in his direction wasn’t a million miles away from the mark. Looking a massive threat when he made a big manoeuvre to join the leaders two furlongs out, James Fanshawe’s charge couldn’t quite sustain that run all the way to the line and in the end he finished just outside the frame. Whether it was the drop down in trip, soft ground or the fact he challenged on the slowest part of the track that day, the son of Mount Nelson did more than enough to suggest he’s worth another go and there simply can’t be any excuses made for him if he doesn’t play a big hand in the finish against this mob.
Mr Pickwick - 1pt @ 5/2Lost -1pt
The form book tells us that DESERT SNOW (best price 7/2)
is a much better horse on the synthetic surfaces than she is on turf and she looks sure to go well in a race in which connections have a fine record. The last time the daughter of Teofilo set foot on an all-weather track was when she trounced a decent field in a handicap at Kempton this time last year and she warmed up nicely for a tilt at this prize by finishing a creditable second to the rapidly-improving Journey at Newmarket last time out. Although she hasn’t the best of draws, Saeed Bin Suroor’s inmate has enough quality to overcome that slight impost and she rates a decent each-way bet at a rather generous-looking 7/2.
Desert Snow - 1pt e/w @ 7/2Lost -2pt
CRAZY CHIC (best price 9/1)
has that vital commodity of a useful cruising speed and that weapon will be a handy tool when she tackles Class 2 company for the first time in this competitive-looking 7f handicap. Although she only scrambled home by half-a-length when well backed at Kempton last time out, the way she travelled throughout that contest suggests she was value for more than the winning margin and as she’s clearly well at home on an all-weather surface (form figures of 3141), another solid performance should be in the offing from Marco Botti’s improving filly.
Crazy Chic - 0.5pt e/w @ 9/1Won 5.63pt
Given the way the track rode yesterday, front runners appeared to have a distinct advantage over the shorter distance races, so with that in mind, SATCHVILLE FLYER (best price 8/1)
trail-blazing style can be put to good use over a track his form figures read 112. Brett Johnson’s charge has really struck up a fine relationship with this course and even though he failed in his bid to maintain his unbeaten run on his latest start here, it was probably the drop back to five furlong that caught him out. Racing back under his optimum conditions on this occasion, he has every chance of filling out the frame at the very least if getting to the front early from box five.
Satchville Player - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost -2pt