2.00 Kelso

MARTILA (best price 7/1) was too keen for her own good on her British debut at Hexham 22 days ago but, at the same time, she showed enough to suggests she’s by no means a totally lost cause. Racing keenly from the outset in the first-time hood, Pauline Robson’s son chased a very hot pace until the early exertions told on her as she came out of the back straight and hit the hill on the long climb to the line – finishing weakly as a result. That performance, however, wasn’t too bad an effort based on the speed figure the winner posted that day, and if she settles better this afternoon now the ‘fizz’ has been taken out of her, there’s a dcent chance she will be more competitive at the business end.

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MARTILA - 0.5pts e/w @ 7/1Placed 0.2pts

3.00 Kelso

The betting suggests this race is Traditional Dancer’s to lose, but those punters/bookmakers who take this stance might be in for a rude awakening with MOVE TO THE GROOVE (best price 9/2) lurking in the wings to upset the party. Racing on genuine fast ground for the first time at Hexham last time out, Donald McCain’s charge skipped along merrily of the quicker turf and setting a strong pace from the outset, he maintained that decent gallop all the way to the line. The speed figure he posted that day backed up the visual impression of the performance and if ridden in a similar positive vein this afternoon, the son of Catcher In The Rye should be capable of giving the favourite more of a race than the market suggests.
MOVE TO THE GROOVE - 1pt @ 9/2Won 4.5pts

3.40 Naas

As Bucks Fizz once famously said ‘the camera never lies’ and neither does the clock when it comes to separating smart horses from the ordinary ones and based on the time figure of YULONG BAOBEI (NAP) (best price 6/1) at Dundalk on debut, Micky Halford’s charge is very much in the former category. The daughter of Choisir certainly knew her job at the first time of asking, as she was quickly into her stride and bowling along at the head of affairs, and once shaken up inside the final two furlongs, she found a ready turn of foot to pull six lengths clear of her field. Not only did she post a very smart overall figures that evening, her final three furlong split of 33.7 is a good indicator of a useful horse based on the average sectionals from that point over the years and although today’s contest is clearly a huge step up in class, the numbers suggests she shouldn’t have too many problems holding her own.
Yulong Baobei - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Placed 0.2pts

5.15 Naas

Positive tactics can be used to good effect around this track and UNYIELDING (best price 8/1), who made all the running to score at Limerick last time out, can benefit from another forceful ride here this afternoon. Prior to that breakthrough victory, Jessica Harrington’s charge had been a shade frustrating in several high-profile maidens, but it was no more than his consistency deserved and he looks the type who will continue to progress as the season evolves. The form of that race 36 days ago has been well advertised by the third home, Eddystone Rock and with the likelihood he will benefit greatly from today’s better ground, the son of Oasis Dream looks on a decent mark for his first tilt at handicap company.
UNYIELDING - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost -2pts