Roger Varian’s team appear to be back in a full health after a spell in the doldrums and TOBRAVE (NAP) looks like making the trip down to Chepstow worthwhile in the seven furlong maiden. The Invincible Spirit colt shaped with a great deal of promise on his debut in a novice event at Kempton in June when third, beaten a nose and two and three quarters of a length, to Permian and Aventinus and that form has been advertised by the winner who won a nursery off a mark of 84 and another novice event and the runner-up paid the form a timely boost when beating the well-fancied Qatar Man at Chelmsford on Sunday. Tobrave wasn’t unfancied on his debut and can outgun Intimate Art from the in-form Andrew Balding team.
It looks a case of now or never for BOUQUET DE FLORES in the six furlong maiden that opens Yarmouth's three-day September Festival. The Street Cry filly was hailed as the second coming on her debut at Newmarket’s July meeting but after fluffing the start could never deliver a blow in a warm maiden won by Easy Victory which invariably works out well. The Charlie Appleby-trained filly was sent off at odds-on again in a similar event at the Goodwood later in July where she fared better when finishing third, beaten three and thee quarter lengths, to Perfect Angel and with the ground looking like to be riding on the fast side faces what is her easiest assignment to date. Odds of 9/4 don’t look bad value bearing in mind the confidence behind her previously and this could well be her day.
The mile nursery looks a typically competitive event but STAR OF THE EAST could offer some value at the backable price of 5/1. Typical of a Mark Johnston trained horse, the Cape Cross colt is improving with experience and made all to score by three lengths from Zymran at Epsom last month. The runner-up has a 7lb pull but that doesn’t look enough and Star Of The East could well make all again.