The fitting of first-time cheekpieces worked their magic on EFFUSIVE (NAP)(best price 6/4) over the C&D last time out and as the stopwatch pointed towards that six-runner fillies’ handicap being the fastest furlong-per-furlong time on the card by some way, Willie Haggas’ inmate is fancied to go in again. Too keen in the blinkers the time before at Kempton, the daughter of Starspangledbanner settled much better at the Dunstall Park venue seven days ago and finding plenty for pressure in the home straight, she kept on gamely to record her second lifetime victory. Connections have clearly had their hand forced running her a week later under a penalty as it’s the last chance she will get of running in a Class 5 fillies race again, and if she runs anywhere near the standard she did last time, the in-form four-year-old should provide her supporters with a comfortable watch.
Effusive - 2pt @ 6/4
ROMAN DE BRUT(best price 11/4) has that vital commodity in this sort of grade – a nice turn of foot – and that ability to quicken well could well prove the key component towards another victory for Ronald Thompson’s charge. The son of Rock Of Gibraltar posted 24.0 for the last two furlongs when making it two wins in his last three starts here on Boxing Day and even allowing for a further rise in the ratings, he still gets to run against workaday Class 6 opponents.
Roman De Brut - 1pt @ 11/4
The form of ROYAL NORMANDY's(best price 11/4) C&D victory a month ago has worked out so well it seems churlish to go against Andrew Balding’s charge in his bid to follow up. Ocean Legend, Effusive and Twin Point all well beaten on that evening at the Sunbury venue have all gone in since and with the blinkers on again and a likely strong pace to run at courtesy of the front-running Archie Stevens being in the line-up, the son of Royal Applause has everything in his favour to add to his fine record at the track.