Providing the ground rides genuinely on the soft side, there’s every chance that the high numbers towards the nearside rail on the straight track will hold an advantage, and with that in mind, SORS(best price 15-2) is worth a small interest to put that theory to the test.
Although the son of Acclamation was a bit disappointing on paper last time out at the Curragh, he was drawn in the worst possible stall in box 1 and that impost along with racing over a stiff six furlongs counted against him in the latter stages. Prior to that excusable performance, Andrew Slattery’s inmate had lowered the colours of subsequent York easy scorer, Kimberella, and a repeat of that sort of effort surely must give the four-year-old some sort of chance of being competitive hailing from his in-form barn (four winners in last week).
Although beaten fair and square at Gowran last time out, time may tell that DESICIVE INTENT(NAP)(best price Evens) probably bumped into an above-average filly in the shape of Butterflies and she looks to have been found a decent opportunity to get off the mark if she runs anywhere near the same sort of level.
Cutting out the running at the Co Kilkenny venue, the daughter of Lawman was mowed down by the Ballydoyle-trained inmate in the latter stages, but with the pair pulling well clear of the strongly-fancied Winter, who was some way back in third, the form has a solid look. Indeed, a closer inspection into the speed figure achieved by the front two, indicates they ran the fastest furlong-per-furlong time and quickest last four furlong sectionals on the seven-race card (46.8 compared to next best 91-rated Tonkinese’s 47.8) and having run extremely well against the potentially classy Promise To Be True over tonight C&D the time before, John Oxx’s charge should take the world of beating from her favourable inside draw in trap one.
DAZZLING ROSE(best price 6-4) looked a quality filly in the making when scoring with plenty in hand over tonight C&D and with the likelihood of more to come, she gets the vote to continue her progression on handicap bow.
Racing purposely from the outset, John Gosden’s charge dictated decent early fractions to halfway and when asked to extend from the three pole, she found a nice change of gear to pull readily clear of her field. Visually impressive, the clock also backed up the performance to suggest we could be dealing with a pattern-race filly in time and with the runner-up, Labyrinth, confirming the form with an easy win next time, the daughter of Raven’s Pass is confidently expected to follow suit with Frankie Dettori hopefully bossing matters down the middle of the track from the one box.