A Maiden Auction Stakes over 6f 209y on good to soft going. A very restricted race type which favours form horses.
Nine two-year-olds. Six with race experience. A few of these have form and their respective trainers will be coming here and confident of a bold show.
Bayston Hill finished runner-up on his first five starts before disappointing when stepping up to a mile at Salisbury. This Irish son of Big Bad Bob has the abilty to go close and go well over course and distance. Difficult to know what to think about that last effort after a string of hard races. Mark Usher has given this gelding a rest but you have to be concerned he may have been soured.
Julia Feilden's stable has been quiet of late because their has been coughing in the stable and much of Newmarket. Pitch High ran a sterling race on debut at Sandown and was fancied to go well at Yarmouth but ran no race at all. There was clearly an issue that day. I notice this son of Requinto is now gelded. Whether this is a recent occurrence I cannot remember. But I know connections were disappointed and after a lengthy spell on the sidelines should be primed. Definitely one for the shortlist and I'd be surprised if this 12,000G breeze-up purchase doesn't go well.
On form there isn't a great deal between Bayston Hill and Winning Bid. This bay colt has ability and not beaten by many lengths but on form looks relatively form.
Myhorsewithnoname is trained by Natalie Lloyd-Beavis. This grey colt is a son of Lilbourne Lad and a £1000 breeze-up purchase. Love to see the underdog go well here but best watched.
Otomo finished last on debut and need to improve a good deal.
George Baker is a capable trainer. Dancing Dragon is an Irish-bred daughter of Dragon Pulse. This filly cost 14,000E at the yearling sales. The stable's two-year-old debutantes are usually better for the run. However, if strongly fancied in the betting it would give greater hope. I would take a watching brief.
Peter Chapple-Hyam seems to have less and less two-year-olds in his string but few trainers can prime a horse to go better on its racecourse bow. Red Sniper is a chestnut daughter of Casamento out of a three times winning mare. She cost just 8,000G when purchased at the yearling sales and racing in the silks of The Rogues Gallery Syndicate. From a statistical point of view, this juveniles have decent win and place claims if priced 13/2 & less SP. If weak in the betting, best watched.
Pat Phelan has a few two-year-olds in his string but most are modest. Peloton is a home-bred daughter of Mount Nelson and quite an attractive type. She finished second of four horses, but defeated in fair style by a horse priced 1/20f. It is difficult to assess his juvenile.
Cheers All Round is best watched.
Conclusion: A lowly race based on horse's sale price. Bayston Hill has the best form but has he cracked after a disappointing last start? I would have to take a watching brief. Pitch High is interesting. He ran well on debut and something went amiss at Yarmouth. There has been coughing in the stable and that may have been the issue. At odds of 8/1 I could see a few punters making an each-way price. Interesting. Red Sniper has claims if priced 13/2 & less sp. Peloton is difficult to assess. These races are pretty limited and mostly go to form horses. Pitch High would get teh nod although there are question marks so I'm far from bullish.