My Two Scoops set out to try to make all on his most recent start at Redcar on what was his second attempt at seven furlongs. He got tired in the closing stages but managed to hold on for fourth place behind Bryan Smart’s Kentuckyconnection. It is of little surprise to see connections drop him ever so slightly in trip and with PJ McDonald likely to know a bit more about his partner this time, better can be expected. It seems that a low drow has been a positive in this race in the past and with similar tactics employed again he could prove hard to catch.
Early Bird represents the in form Richard Fahey team and like the selection carries some of the most experience into this race. On her latest start at Catterick she bumped into two decent recruits in Highly Sprung and Valko and the latter has subsequently gone on to shed it’s maiden. With natural progression and a five pound allowance from the boys, she could well prove to be the biggest danger. Fatherly Friend made his debut a couple of months ago at Haydock and was interfered with at a crucial stage. He is fully entitled to leave that run well behind and is another that is expected to make the frame.
Ann Duffield has a healthy twenty percent strike rate with her runners at this track. She only has a few horses in her care but two winners from her last five runners indicate that the yard is in fine form. Now that My Two Scoops has a little more experience under his belt, he can go close here.
My Two Scoops (E/W)
Moruadh returns to the scene of her only career win to date following two lacklustre efforts in handicap company since. She has finished last in both of those outings and takes a much needed drop in class here. The booking of Andrea Atzeni certainly catches the eye and the fact that Sir Michael Stoute has kept her in training as a three year old indicates that there are races to be won with her.
Shalimah appears to be coming to hand just at the right time and will be hard to beat as he sneaks in here at the foot of the handicap. The visor is applied for the second time in succession and connections will be hoping for a bit of ease in the going ahead of racing. Oisin Murphy will be full of confidence given his big win on board Litigant in the Ebor at the weekend and the combination is feared most. Moshe has finished first and second on his two previous races at this track and was only beaten a neck at Catterick last time out. If he repeats that latest effort he too will be hard to keep out of the frame.
Moruadh in fairness met an awful lot of trouble in running on her last outing at Doncaster. When it was obvious that she had no chance of winning David Probert certainly looked after her. She is better than that last effort would indicate and she has to be considered back on a track that she likes.
Argaki came back to somewhere near his best when comfortably running away with a similar event over this course and distance just five days ago. He is still reasonably well handicapped having won off a higher mark in the past and Fergal Lynch keeps the ride on this five year old. Keith Dalgleish has his string in good order and this locally trained runner is likely to go well yet again.
Mr Cool Cash is improving at a rate of knots and has won three of his last four races. He is up another six pounds for that last win, but he is still only a three year old and there could yet be more to come. He has proven form in these types of conditions and he commands utmost respect. I’m Super Too returned to winning form just eleven days ago. He and the selection met a couple of runs back and the Tutty horse just edged it. This time around there is a significant turn around in the weights and Argaki should be able to reverse the form.
Argaki has plenty of experience at this track and that ought to stand him in good stead. Many of his rivals unproven here or woefully out of form, he has to be high on any shortlist.