A fillies maiden over a mile and a quarter to kick start things today and on paper it looks as though theirs a few above average types on show.
Honorina has the best form on offer having finished second on debut over seven furlongs this time last year and she followed that up with another second to the very smart Nemoralia a month later again over seven and she had Mise En Rose behind her in third on that occasion. This will be the first time we’ll have seen her this season however and this daughter of Sea The Stars is sure to appreciate the step up in trip and looks to have a massive chance for Sir Michael Stoute and Ted Durcan.
To Eternity is the one I’ve sided with however after making a very eyecatching debut 21 days ago. She was quiet green on that occasion but got the hang of things as the race went on and ended up just failing to catch the odds on favourite Ruscombe. That rival had previously finished third on her debut behind Lady Of Camelot and Ajman Princess, the latter now rated 107 and has since finished second in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot. To Eternity may prove tough to beat with that run now under her belt and looks a filly with a bright future.
I’d be a small bit surprised if this didn’t go the way of one of the two mentioned above but Maqam, Straw Hat and Very Dashing are ones to keep an eye on also.
To Eternity (WIN)
A handicap over a mile and six furlongs up next where just four go to post.
West Coast Flyer looks set to go off favourite here, an improving three year old who comes here off the back of a win. He was quiet short on that occasion and although he got the job done he made hard work of it and Iv’e decided to take him on here as I think this is a warmer race and he’s stepping into the unknown ground wise. This will be the first time he’s run on ground this soft and he’s not certain to handle it.
Rainbow Dreamer is one who will handle conditions however having opened his account at the second time of asking on soft ground. He has ran into some decent types since switching to handicaps finishing third to Royal Ascot scorer Primitivo and second to Red Verdon who contested both the Irish and English derby. This Alan King trained runner disappointed last time out but i’d forgive him that. Although he has to give weight to the field he has conditions to suit and the step up in trip should also.
Snan and Kajaki are the other two runners on show and are no means without a chance.
Rainbow Dreamer (WIN)
The final race we cover today is a six furlong class two handicap at Hamilton.
I’m really struggling to choose between Intisaab for David O’Meara and Tatlisu for Richard Fahey here. Intisaab has been in great form of late and is improving all the time. He had Cornwallville behind him when winning last time out and before that finished second in a very competitive handicap at York (3rd, 4th and 5th from that race have all won since). He runs off a career high mark here but that might not be enough to stop him. Shelley Birkett clearly gets on well with the five year old and keeps the ride here. He’s proved himself in big fields and I think he has a massive chance again here.
Tatlisu ran a solid race last time and he has dropped to a winnable mark with Adam McNamara claiming five to help his case even further. He has finished second in this race for the past two years and i’d be disappointed if he couldn’t make the frame this time around also. He’s a regular in these big field handicaps and with a bit of luck in running he should be thereabouts at a track he runs well at and in a race that he and his trainer have a good record in.
Orions Bow is seeking a five timer and looks a big danger along with the consistent Nameitwhatyoulike. Mickey is one of two three year old’s in the race and could be dangerously handicapped. Blaine won this two years ago and also deserves a mention.