The Evan Williams trained Capilla scored when tipped up last time out when relishing the slower ground at Wincanton to land back to back chase wins within two days. The seven-year-old gelding was eased down and scored in some style in latter of those wins to suggest today’s carrying of a double penalty is well within his grasp so he will take some stopping. Regular partner Connor Orr is in the saddle and once again taking off a useful 7lbs so he is the confident selection here.
The main danger looks to Toowoomba from the powerhouse Phillip Hobbs yard. The seven-year-old must improve on a disappointing run last time out at Chepstow in November, but looked to relish his chasing over today’s trip when scoring twice at the start of the year and if returning to that form can give the selection the most to think about.
Another horse who can make his presence felt is Mor Brook for the Kim Bailey yard. The horse made a successful debut over the larger obstacles at Bangor back in May and despite failing to complete the last twice, he can make a bold bid if returning to his best. The capable David Bass is in the saddle, but he may have to settle for minor honours as this looks like a match up between the first two.
This race looks laid out for an improving type and the Richard Hannon yard look as if they may have found the answer to a tricky looking two-year-old nursery over seven furlongs.
Walaaa really caught the eye when motoring home to claim her first career win in impressive fashion at Kempton 10 days ago. The filly has to carry the 6lb penalty here for that victory here today, but that is all but negated by the 5lb claim of capable young jockey Gary Mahon. The bare form of that victory puts her right at the top of the list here and she is unexposed and open to any kind of improvement now upped to this further trip making her a confident selection.
Bahamian Boy can also play a leading part in the race and give the selection the most to think about. She had a real near miss when last seen at Wolverhampton when staying on late over today’s trip. The Hughie Morrison yard does well with similar types, but she has a poor draw to overcome at a track where coming from off the pace can often be troublesome.
Another horse who is feared is Stuart Williams filly Fable of Arachne. The horse posted a career-best when scoring over course and distance in a similar type of contest two weeks ago and she looks as if another bold bid could be in the offing. She doesn’t looked as unexposed as the first two though and may have to settle for minor placings.
The David Evans yard have looked unstoppable with their in-form runner Air of York in recent weeks. The three-year-old arrives here off the back of securing the hat-trick in impressive style at Wolverhampton last week. The horse won going away that day and escapes a penalty here for that apprentice handicap victory. He now holds obvious claims running here off the same mark today and he is the selection with the only slight doubt being the massive drop in trip for today’s contest. A previous win over course and distance, however, suggests the return to the minimum trip will be taken in his side to complete the four-timer.
The Robert Cowell runner Falsify looks the one to fear here with a previous course and distance win to her name. The three-year-old filly has been placed in each of his last five runs including a creditable second in a tough ten-runner handicap at Wolverhampton last time out. She seems most likely to make life difficult for the selection.
Another who can threaten the principles is the John Best runner Mossgo. The five-year-old was a previous tip when third of nine in a lingfield handicap in his latest run, he already has five wins to his name this season and he looks the one for the forecast with the selection.
Air Of York (WIN)