There looks to be one or two intriguing contenders loitering in the wings in this wide-open nursery none more so than ROCK OF MONACO (best price 9/1)
and EDITH WESTON (best price 12/1)
. The former ran a smashing race on her all-weather debut here 45 days ago and if it wasn’t for Anthony Brittain’s charge getting totally mullered on the rails after a furlong, she would have fared even better than she did behind the impressive winner, Parkour. As it turns out, that interference may turn out to be a blessing in disguise, as the handicapper appears to have totally underestimated the performance, allowing the daughter of Monsieur Bond to begin life in this sphere of a potentially lenient mark of just 51. Given that she was quite strong in the latter stages of that useful maiden, an extra furlong should suit and she appears to have slipped under the radar of the bookmakers based on her early quotes. The latter is little more exposed, but there was a crumb of comfort to be taken from her latest outing over today’s course last time out. After totally fluffing the start, Robert Cowell’s charge made up some nice late headway to be a never-nearer fifth against similar opposition and with a better break on this occasion, she has every chance of improving on that finishing position.