Tony Elves was in winning form last Saturday and he's got two picks on the Flat this weekend.
There is no doubt that Glitter Girl is the clear form pick in the Listed JLT Stakes at Newbury (3.20) today but the great unknown factor in this seven furlong event is whether the William Haggas-trained filly will act of the prevailing good to soft ground. Her form has been on good to firm ground barring one run at Newmarket on good ground and her latest effort when beaten only a length by Poet’s Vanity in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes was her best effort but, again on ground the fast side of good.
The terrain is the greatest leveller in horse racing and for that reason it may be worth risking a few shekels each-way on the Charlie Appleby-trained NASIMI. The Shamardal filly was at her most impressive first time out on good to soft ground at Haydock where she dished out a three length defeat to Nations Alexander and the runner-up has since shown herself to be a good yardstick to juvenile fillies form with several solid effort in decent company.
Nasimi disappointed in Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stake at Newmarket and in the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes in July on fast ground but gave a little more encouragement when third, beaten two and a half lengths, to Soul Silver in a conditions event at Kempton in September. She is equipped for the cheekpieces for the first time which obviously offers encouragement but I fancy she can reverse the placings with the winner on this occasion with ground looking as if it was taking some getting through yesterday afternoon. Nasimi looks worth a 1pt each way investment with the opposition all untried on ground with this much ease in it.
At Doncaster, talking horse UAE PRINCE could well be the one to be on in the Bet Through the Racing Post App Handicap (3.15). The Sea The Stars colt was spoken of a potential Group performer before flopping at odds-on over ten furlong on his debut at Leicester in April and wasn’t seen out again until turning up over a mile and a half at the same venue last month. On that occasion there was a much more agreeable outcome with UAE Prince scoring an impressive four and a half length victory from Arthur McBride despite being eased down in the closing stages.
The runner-up has since scored in handicap company off a mark of 79 and with the Roger Varian team back in full flow UAE Prince looks worth a 2pt investment to prove he is the horse his trainer always thought he was.