Judged on his position in the market, clearly big things were expected of MR BLACK (NAP) (best price 10-3) on debut at Thirsk 28 days ago and although he failed to live up to his lofty reputation, there were plenty of encouraging signs to suggest that those who took part in the gamble should see a return of their investment in the not too distant future. Sent off a well-backed 9-4 poke for that two-year-old heat at the Yorkshire track, the combination of a slow beginning from a bad draw and soft ground meant George Scott’s charge could only finish seventh of the 12-strong field, but by no means was he unduly punished once his winning chance had gone and that kindness should be repaid in time. Much better drawn this afternoon in trap one, a sharper break should ensure the son of Showcasing is right in the thick of the action from an early stage this time around and providing he handles the bend okay, he has a fair chance of handing his rookie trainer with another winner.
REAVER (best price 11-4) has clearly taken well to today’s track based on his career record over the C&D of 122 and had he not met interference at a crucial stage here last week, he may have well struck gold again. Once out in the clear, Eve Johnson-Houghton’s inmate powered his way home to get within a nose of the eventually winner Finelcity and with the pair pulling well clear and the time figure suggesting it was a fair race for the grade, the in-form three-year-old looks booked to turn in another positive display at the Sunbury venue.
Prominent racers have generally held sway in recent times at today’s track and IN KEN’S MEMORY (best price 8-1), herself an all-the-way winner here last time, could well keep those stats in the affirmative if gaining a similarly uncontested lead. Once sent to the front here 12 days ago, John Butler’s charge never really looked like being caught at any stage so a 4lb doesn’t appear to be too harsh considering the manner of her victory.