Manettino is by Aclaim and a half brother to Lady Penelope, who raced over 5/6 furlongs and wasn’t disgraced in a Group 2 in France. So there could be the chance that Manettino could strike at an early age. Connections have been going well with their two year olds this year and David Egan has quite a good record at Yarmouth. The downside is that he has the worst draw of the field and at Yarmouth, that counts for a lot.
I was quite surprised as why Romantic Time is such a big price, especially in such a short runner affair like this. Marco Ghiani is riding on the crest of the wave at the moment and has the highest strike rate at Yarmouth of anyone, a tidy 25.5%. He takes a further 3 lbs off Romantic Times and trainer William Stone has a 16.7% strike rate and operates on a profit at Yarmouth. Maybe the filly didn’t take to the All Weather, finishing 7th on her debut. However, many of those in that race have subsequently won and she was bang there until the final furlong. She isn’t disadvantaged by the draw and does not deserve to be 18/1 (at the time of writing).
Cotai Glory’s progeny have been flying as of late and it seems hard to look past Cotai Hero in this race. Cotai Glory himself won over 5 Furlongs and as did the Dam, Clef. Tom Marquand has a good strike rate at Yarmouth and as does Ed Walker, who already has had a supported two year old winner this year. He has everything going for him and stands every chance at making a winning debut for connections.
COTAI HERO (WIN)
ROMANTIC TIME (E/W)
written by Kieran McHugh