A Novice Auction Stakes over 5f on good to firm going. Ten two-year-olds take part. Quite a restricted race type which favours form horses. Six have race experience - three a fair standard for this grade.
Whiteandgold is a determined filly who lost little in defeat when second to Lomu at Hamilton. This daughter of Major Cadeaux is trained by Bryan Smart and a very good buy at just 5,000G. This bay filly has good pace and battles to the line. The only downside maybe her odds. The tissue price suggests about 13/8 which, considering the opposition, doesn't give much value.
Bourbonista ran well on debut for Ben Haslam. This chestnut colt is a son of Stimulation. He was inexperience on debut at Doncaster but ran on with purpose and perhaps a shade unlucky not to win. The form of that race has been boosted by the winner following up carrying a penalty although that may not have been a great race. His backers were left infuriated at Hamilton when Raul Da Silva remove the blind too slowly when leaving the stalls and the horse was instantly many lengths adrift. That race is best forgotten. Bourbonista has fair each-way claims here and if all goes well should run to the line.
Mark Johnston has a powerful string of juveniles and Hope Against Hope has been fancied on both her starts to date. This Irish-bred daughter of Dark Angel cost 30,000E when purchased at the yearling sales by Mark Johnston. She wasn't disgraced at Newmarket when hampered when beaten and then bumped into a decent horse in Tahoo when second at Carlisle, although left the third standing.
Of the debutantes, Mary Brady is worth noting in the market for David O'Meara and owners Clipper Logistics.
Summary: Whiteandgold looks a decent type for this grade but there looks to be little value if starting less than 2/1. If a marked drifter in the betting, would be a decent bet although more the type I would stick in an each double to be fair. Hope Against Hope has ability although not the easiest to assess. She is most likely priced to chance. Bourbonista ran well on debut and unfortunate at Hamilton. After that mishap and being from a less fashionable stable, he could be the value and should have fair each-way claims. I think Whiteandgold is the horse to beat but unless a drifter in the market it's a watching brief.
NR - Bourbonista