Things just didn’t quite pan out perfectly for PIXELEEN(best price 13-2) at Nottingham last time out, but she still ran well enough to suggests her turn in the winner’s enclosure isn’t too far away and she rates a decent each-way bet at her top morning price. Going well just behind the speed at the Midland venue, the daughter of Pastoral Pursuits failed to obtain a clear run just running into the hottest part of the race and with the eventual winner, Growl, getting first run, she didn’t have enough time to retaliate. Prior to that excellent effort, Malcolm Saunders’ inmate had run close to a career best in what is turning out to be a red-hot race form-wise at Windsor (Jaywalker, Syrian Pearl and Bouclier all won since) and hailing from a yard going particularly well at present, the four-year-old filly is expected to keep the good run going for the Somerset operation.
Pixeleen - 1pt e/w @ 13/2Placed 0.3pt
GOLD HUNTER(best price 6-1) has acquitted himself really well on his last two starts and he looks to have every chance of ending his unwanted losing run which stretches back the thick end of three years. Steve Flook’s inmate first caught the eye in a competitive affair at Wetherby on his seasonal reappearance, leaving the impression he may have gone very close to winning had he received a better passage through the closing stages. On his most recent start at Chepstow, the son of Invincible Spirit got rather stranded on his own down the middle of the course and, as a result, he didn’t quite have the finishing kick of the eventual winner, Secret Glance, who had the luxury of racing on the more favoured strip of ground towards the stands side rail. Hopefully this evening they go a good gallop, as on the evidence of both performances, he has looked the type who will benefit from a patient ride off the back of a sound pace.
Gold Hunter - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Lost -2pt
On the evidence of the early skirmishes, all seems fair in love and war between the O’Brien family and with Joseph having already got one or two over on his old man, EAGLE SPIRIT (NAP)(best price 13-8) looks set to keep that trend going in this lively-looking maiden. In-keeping with how many Ballydoyle inmates perform first time out, the son of Holy Roman Emperor wasn’t subjected to an overly aggressive ride over tonight’s course on debut, but in finishing his race off with a degree of promise, he should be more than ready to step up to the plate with that all-important run under his belt over a trip that will suit.