Bumptious shaped with plenty of promise in what looked a decent fillies’ maiden at Windsor
BUMPTIOUS (best price 10/1) shaped with plenty of promise in what looked a decent fillies’ maiden at Windsor on debut and she’s likely to play a more significant role on her second start with that all-important run under her belt. Ismail Mohammed’s charge can also be marked up slightly on that effort as she was messed about when gathering up a head of steam going past the two pole and keeping on well for minimum pressure, she went through the line suggesting there was a good deal left under the locker.
By all accounts. Dan Skelton thinks quite a bit of CH’TIBELLO (best price 9/1) and having made the 135-rated, and more experienced, Francis Of Assisi pull out all the stops on his debut for new connections at Fakenham 15 days ago, it’s easy to see why he would be held in such high regard. In what turned into a bit of dash on the last circuit, it looked as though the son of Sageburg had got the measure of his main market rival rounding the home turn, but in the end, race fitness told and he just got worn down in the dying strides. Sure to strip a good deal fitter for that run, this looks the ideal race for him to gain more experience before his novice status runs out and he rates a fair each-way bet at his early quotes.
AQALIM (best price 5/1) sometimes looks like he’d sooner be propping up the bar with a pint rather than racing, but when he does engage his mind, he can be a useful staying hurdler – as he showed many times last season. The pick of those performances came when he chased home the useful Polly Peachum in a listed contest at Sandown on his final start in April and a repeat of that level of form should ensure he maintains his fine record of hitting the frame at the very least.
The ground at the Yorkshire venue has clearly soaked up quite a bit of rain given how testing the conditions looked here yesterday, so with that in mind, the race fitness of INTENSE TANGO (best price 11/2) may prove vital in the final analysis in this tricky mares’ contest. A very smart juvenile last season, the winner of Grade 2 hurdle has enjoyed a fairly fruitful campaign on the level, picking up some decent place money at Pontefract and Newmarket recently, and often seen to best advantage when racing on a sharp, left-handed track, Karl Burke’s charge makes plenty of appeal with numerous factors in her favour.
Winner of this race last year – albeit off a much lower mark – WHAT A WARRIOR (best price 8/1) can continue the terrific start to the season by the up-and-coming force that is Dan Skelton. Although he had the luxury of a run under belt when gaining his biggest prize to date, the son of Westerner has a record when fresh that reads 31121, so that stat puts the mind at ease, and with a forecast dry day in the Berkshire area also a plus, the eight-year-old should make a bold fist of defending his title.
Although MITCHUM SWAGGER (best price 5/1) failed to keep his unbeaten run in tact last time out at Haydock, he lost nothing in defeat up against a track specialist in the shape of Express Himself and as the pair pulled four lengths clear of the rest, the form looks bang on the button. Prior to that eclipse, the son of Paco Boy had looked thoroughly progressive with impressive wins both visually and on the clock and this expansive galloping track should this long-striding individual to a tee.
MEDICINE HAT (best price 8/1) proved his stamina and current wellbeing with a battling success on the flat at Pontefract recently and those two factors make him quite an enticing proposition back over hurdles. There was a lot to like how George Moore’s inmate ground out a result that afternoon and that win probably came as a bonus to connections because they’ve always believed their charge to be a miles better hurdling prospect. On the limited samples of what we saw of him during his debut season over timber certainly suggested that would prove to be the case and hailing from a yard whose last two runners have both won, the Multiplex gelding in no way should be underestimated despite facing a whole gaggle of southern raiders.