Charlie Appleby's filly was as clueless as Joey Essex on her debut at Wolverhampton.
DAVID JOHN (best price 7/1)
won in the style of an improving youngster at Sedgefield last time out and he still looks on a handy enough mark despite an 11lb hike in the ratings. Dai Burchell’s inmate always looked in control in what turned out to be a strongly run affair at the Co Durham venue, and it was nice to see the form upheld by the runner-up that day, Gunner Lindley, who ran a blinder on his return visit to track 17 days later. Prior to that performance he’d finished a respectable fifth in another race that has worked out well subsequently, so there’s clearly more than several reasons why the son of Overbury rates an enticing each-way proposition with four places on offer.
David John - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Placed 0.38pt
Although it’s always dangerous to assume a certain track bias will carry over from one meeting to the next, there did appear to be a distinct advantage to race towards the stands side fence over the straight course here last week (first three home in a 10-strong 5f handicap were drawn 10, 9 and 8). So, with that in mind, a chance is taken that FLASHY QUEEN (best price 12/1)
ends up racing on the favoured part of the track and continues her love affair with Colwick Park. Winner of both her two starts over today’s straight five furlongs, Joseph Tuite’s charge has every chance of remaining unbeaten with soft ground conditions to suit.
Flashy Queen - 0.5pt e/w @ 12/1Lost -1pt
MOORLANDS MIST (best price 20/1)
rather lost his way for previous connections, but there’s half a squeak that Evan Williams may just be able to coax the eight-year-old back to somewhere near his best. Rated 132 in his pomp when in the care of Philip Hobbs, you have to blow dust off the form book to find his last win back in 2013, but it’s worth noting that most of those better performances did come here at the Welsh venue. Clearly, there’s a fair bit of educated guesswork involved with this type of horse and he’s been pitched into quite a hot race first run back off the shelf, but at 20/1, those kind of odds are worth a small risk.
Moorlands Mist - 0.5pt e/w @ 20/1Lost -1pt
BOMBILATE (best price 7/1)
was as clueless as Joey Essex on her debut at Wolverhampton, but unlike the TOWIE star, there’s every chance she will improve significantly as time progresses. Charlie Appleby’s charge lost any chance she might have had with an incredibly slow start, but it was encouraging to say the very least, how she finished off her race it what turned out to be a dash for the cash down the home straight. Providing she breaks more alertly, the daughter of Kitten’s Joy showed enough in the final part of that race on debut to suggest she will be more of a factor this time around.
Bombilate - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Placed -0.02pt
ESTIDRAAK (best price 5/4)
filled the eye with his performance on debut at Wolverhampton two weeks ago and he should have learnt sufficiently to enable him to get off the mark at the second time of asking. Sir Michael Stoute’s inmate found himself in an unpromising position after a tardy beginning of that 7f maiden at the Midland venue and although he exhibited a nice turn of foot in the latter stages, the bird had already flown and he had to settle for a fast-finishing second. Likely to race more prominently on this occasion, it will take a very smart newcomer to lower his colours and any odds against quotes should be snapped up.
Estidraak - 2pt @ 5/4Won 2.5pt