Venetia Williams' five-length bumper winner can make an instant splash over hurdles.
GRAN TURINA (NAP) (best price 11/8)
posted a tremendous speed figure when winning a Wetherby bumper on debut for previous connections and she could take high rank against her own sex in this new discipline if her jumping is as sound as her engine. Backed and ridden as if defeat wasn’t an option in that opening salvo at the Yorkshire venue, the daughter of Kayf Tara spread-eagled her field with a powerful display of relentless galloping and with the likes of Surtee Du Berlais and Libby Mae both going on to prove their worth many times over since, the form has a cast-iron feel to it. Obviously, it has to be taken on trust that her schooling has gone according to plan, but hailing from a stable that generally has them well geared up for their racecourse debuts, it would come as something of a disappointment if Venetia Williams’ charge didn’t get off the mark at the first time of asking.
Grand Turina - 2pt @ 11/8
Tara Flow is likely to be all the rage following her demolition job at Leicester last time out, but she is also going to be predictably short in the market, whereas QASSER (best price 11/1)
appears to have been slightly overlooked and therefore rates the obvious each-way alternative. A cosy winner first time up at Taunton back in November, Harry Whittington’s inmate made a bold fist of trying to supplement those gains at Doncaster last time out, but unfortunately, the son of Intikhab bumped into another well handicapped horse in the shape of previous C&D winner, Holly Bush Henry. Given how well he travelled throughout that contest, however, certainly suggests he can be competitive off his revised mark and he offers a little more bang for our buck at his double-figure quotes.
Qasser - 1pt e/w @ 11/1
MISS UNDERSTOOD (best price 4/1)
made a successful handicap debut when scoring off a long break at Chelmsford last time out and David Simcock’s charge is fancied to get the bragging rights over stable mate India’s Song in this similar contest. In a strongly run race at the Essex venue, the daughter of Excellent Art stayed on extremely stoutly up the inside rail to get on top close home and with the form working out a treat subsequently (both India’s Song and Moon River well beaten won next time), it seems prudent to stick with this lightly-raced four-year-old despite the dreaded ‘bounce’ theory hanging over her head.
Miss Understood - 1pt e/w @ 4/1
Berlusca is bound to be a popular choice having landed a similar prize over the C&D last week, but there may be a little more juice in the price of LAWYER (best price 13/2)
who ran a good deal better than his finishing position suggested back in seventh. Keen during the early part of what turned out to be a soundly-run affair, David Barron’s settled down nicely and looked to be coming which a telling challenge before meeting trouble in running swinging off the home bend. Once out in the clear, the son of Acclamation finished off his race well enough to suggest he might have had a bigger part to play in the outcome without that interference and he is worth another chance to confirm that opinion at his respective price.
Lawyer - 0.5pt e/w @ 13/2