Her stiffest task to date came in a very valuable nursery at Newmarket, won by Eve Johnson Houghton’s Zifena with Hugo Palmer’s New Providence in third. Prize Exhibit was fourth, but conceding lumps of weight to that pair so she should be able to turn the tables. Last time out in a decent little conditions race at Nottingham, she beat a field of previous winners without coming off the bridle and certainly looks capable of holding her own at this Group Three level, if not higher.
Richard Hannon’s Marsh Hawk is the unknown quantity having won her maiden by seven lengths but she stole a lead on leaving the stalls that day and may have been flattered. Second behind Marsh Hawk at Newmarket was the Barry Hills-trained Fadhayyil and she should have no trouble opening her account in the second division of the Virginia Walwyn Memorial EBF Quidhampton Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
Sent off favourite to beat the Hannon flyer, she holds entries in the Rockfel and Cheveley Park and looks sure to benefit from her first run.
Andrew Balding’s Rawaki looks the pick in a tight “CGA” Persian Punch Conditions Stakes. Only four line up but there is nothing between them on the ratings, although Rawaki went close in a strong renewal of the Geoffrey Freer last time out and that probably represents the strongest form on offer.
Michael Stoute’s Dissolution was sent off favourite to win a competitive Convivial Maiden at York and the step up in trip for the Betfred Jack Berry MBE Maiden at Haydock looks sure to suit.
Fifth on his debut, he was expected to show the benefit of that last time out but did all his best work at the end having been caught flat footed. Racing over a mile in lesser company should enable him to open his account.
Roger Charlton’s Skate caught a tartar in Aces at Windsor but beat the rest comfortably and unless a newcomer is above average, he should win the second division of the Betfred Supports Jack Berry EBF Maiden Stakes.
Ann Duffield’s Marsh Pride ran out a ready winner at Ripon on her debut having initially looked outpaced and with that under her belt she can take a step forward in the Free Bets At Monsterbet Novice Auction Stakes at Wolverhampton. The second and fifth both came out and finished second on their next outing so the form may be fairly decent.
John Ferguson’s My Direction has been unextended in winning his last two and should go in again in the My Mate Nigel Vaulkhard Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Hurdle at Sedgefield.