Our racing expert continued his brilliant run with another double yesterday.
ATLANTA (best price 2-1) ran a pleasing enough race against two potentially useful fillies at Yarmouth last time out and even though she faces quite a few tracks specialists on her handicap debut, the performance at the seaside track suggests she should be capable of holding her own off an opening mark of 67. Not only was the overall time very good 13 days ago, the sectional splits were also smoking hot, so Andrew Balding’s charge did really well to keep tabs with the big two in the betting late on considering she expended quite a bit of energy in the early stages by pulling hard. Hopefully, in this more conventional contest, they go a decent end-to-end gallop to help the daughter of Cape Cross switch off and settle, and providing that turns out to be the case, one would like to think she has enough raw ability to take a hand in the finish.
Following a confidence-boosting success over hurdle at Bangor last week, MOSS STREET (best price 8-1) is taken to exploit what looks a potentially lenient handicap mark on his return to the Flat. In-keeping with his yard’s current form (four of last eight runners won), John Flint’s charge has really turned the corner in recent weeks and given that victory at the North Wales venue came at the chief expense of the well-fancied Courtlands Prince, there didn’t appear to be any fluke about the result. Clearly, there’s a huge leap of faith involved expecting the son of Moss Vale to turn around what has largely been a disappointing career on the level, but given his current wellbeing, the prospects of him doing so have greatly increased.
Michael O’Callaghan’s team are in excellent shape at present and that good run looks set to continue in the shape of BAINNE (best price 15-2) in this competitive rated race. Although she has a little bit to find with some of tonight’s rivals at the weights, her ability to handle the testing underfoot conditions and love for this stiff track (C&D stats of 213) offsets the pure weights and measures and following an eye-catching run at Galway last week, she looks primed to go well. Indeed, that run at Ballybrit was a story littered with ill-fortune, and having clocked a much faster time than the one achieved by short-priced favourite, Orangey Red, when the pair raced at this track back in May, it makes no sense why the daughter of Strategic Prince should be available to back at four times the price than the Weld runner with the excellent David Simmonson booked take 7lb off.
Things didn’t pan out for SHYPEN (NAP) (best price 9-2) at Windsor last time, but at the same she did more than enough to suggest she’s worth keeping on side in future events. Held up towards the rear at the Berkshire venue, George Margarson’s charge failed to receive any daylight up the inside rail when seemingly going best at the time, and by the time she did manage to extricate herself from the pocket, the main protagonists hold skipped merrily over the horizon. Prior to that unlucky episode, the daughter of Archipenko had proved her current wellbeing with a win and third over tonight’s track and returning to the scene of those two performances under her optimum conditions, the in-form three-year-old makes plenty of appeal.