SHARJA QUEEN (NAP) (best price 7-4) ran herself out of any future handicap assignments after getting whacked up 14lb for winning by a wide margin over today’s C&D last time out and Roger Varian’s charge is fancied to make a big impact on her first attempt in pattern company. Tenacious in victory the time before at Chester, the daughter Pivotal rubber-stamped herself as a filly of some progression with that six-length demolition job here two weeks later, and with the time figure and sectionals she achieved that evening backing up the visual impression she created, the three-year-old filly could turn out to be a cut above her rivals in this average-looking renewal of this listed prize.
7.00 Gowran Park
Now David Wachman’s team appear to have come out of the doldrums, ASSUME (best price 10-3) is strongly fancied to back up her performance last time out when she chased home the massively in-form filly Creggs Pipes in a decent listed contest at Killarney. Coming from some way off the pace that evening, the daughter of Fastnet Rock managed to get within half-a-length of Andrew Slattery’s inmate at the line and with the winner going on to advertise the form with another game win at Galway next time out, there’s every chance this lightly-raced sort will follow suit under ideal conditions.
MEZMAAR (best price 9-2) is turning out to be a bit of a money-spinner at tonight’s track and he looks booked to go well again under his optimum conditions. Although Kevin Morgan’s charge has run respectably over six furlongs and a mile at the Surrey venue, his best distance is clearly seven furlongs on the evidence of his two C&D victories and having shown a nice turn of foot to get the job done on each occasion, that key weapon in his armoury could well turn out to be the decisive factor once again.