Although PIXELEEN (best price 5-2) didn’t run at all badly at Newmarket last time out, the soft ground was holding her back to certain degree, but now racing back on a much quicker surface, Malcolm Saunders’ charge has bright prospects of winning for the first time this season. Prior to that fair effort at HQ, the daughter of Pastoral Pursuits had finished runner-up in two very strongly run 6f handicaps in which the form of both races has worked out well subsequently, and given that one of those performances was over tonight’s C&D, she clearly has plenty going for her in this less competitive heat.
BELORUSSIAN (NAP) (best price 2-1) improved significantly on all his previous performances when racing in a handicap for the first time at Leopardstown the other night and this looks a fine opportunity to get off the mark at the seventh time of asking. Staying on stoutly in the latter stages of a strongly run event for the grade (best furlong-per-furlong time on the seven-race card), Denis Hogan’s charge gave out positive signals to suggest that he should be more than capable of capturing a race off his current mark of 60 and that a step up in trip should also suit.
It’s been 84 days since we last saw ALL MY LOVE (best price 7-2) in action, but hopefully it’ll be worth the wait as she looks to have a decent chance of duplicating her C&D win of last October. Although Pam Sly’s inmate has failed to add to that success in four subsequent outings, she has run some notable races in defeat and as one of those efforts came here at the Berkshire venue, it’s clear she enjoys racing at this switchback track by the River Thames. Moreover, the form of that soundly-run contest at the backend of April couldn’t have worked out any better with the likes of Stockhill Diva, Instant Karma and Jacob Cats all winning next time out and given that came out on top of those that decided to say on the stands side rail that evening, her performance is arguably worth upgrading.