Three tips today at Yarmouth and Kempton including a short price 2pt NAP.
KAANOON (NAP) (best price 6-5) has created a favourable impression with both his last two victories and the hat trick looks very much on the cards for Roger Varian’s progressive three-year-old. An eye-catcher first time out on the all-weather at Kempton, the son of Bated Breath took some decent scalps on his way to his maiden success at Wolverhampton on his next start and then he was sent to Windsor last time out for his first taste of the turf. Always moving easily, he only had to be shaken up to readily assert his superiority inside the final two furlongs and with the numbers he posted suggesting he’d run to a fair level, the classy-looking colt is fancied to make a positive start to his handicap life.
Things didn’t quite pan out for LA ISLA BONITA (best price 11-4) at Lingfield last time out and she’s afforded another chance to return to the sort of form that saw her capture a similar race over today’s C&D. Impressive on the eye and the speed figures when scoring in good style back here in June, Richard Spencer’s filly was understandably a fairly warm order in her bid to follow up two weeks later but as is often the case at the Surrey venue, she got trapped in behind a wall of horses when screaming for room up the nearside rail and was unable to get up a proper head of steam. Returning back to the scene of her previous win over a track where – if they race down the middle – there shouldn’t be too many excuses from a track bias perspective, and in a race where many don’t appear to be bring their A-game to the table, the daughter of Foxwedge rates a fairly confident choice.
GERANIUM (best price 5-1) has been brought along steadily with a view to handicaps and off what appears a reasonable mark to begin life in her new discipline, Hughie Morrison’s filly has enough ability to make her presence felt. Following a couple of ‘sighters’ in hot maidens at both the Rowley Mile and July course, the daughter of Sakhee’s Secret returned to the latter venue for her latest encounter and she caught the eye with the way she finished off her race to claim a creditable third behind the useful Racing Country. Moreover, her closing three-furlong sectional of 35.2 was second fastest on the eight-race card (the best being the winner) and given that she also shaped like she’s still a work in progress and there should be loads more to come, who’d have to be pretty hopeful that a mark of 65 is an underestimation of her capabilities in the long-term.