A Maiden Auction Stakes over 1 mile on standard going. Quite a restricted race type for this six-runner race. As far as the betting is concerned, this is a three-horse race and most likely a dual. Charlie McBride is a superb trainer and deserving of more patrons to bolster his string of juveniles. Claire's Secret sticks in my mind as I actually tipped her to win the last start on our very successful website 5-4fav.com. This daughter of Sakhee's Secret was backed all day long and started 11/4f. It looked a great bet and all seemed fine and dandy until James Tate's Ocean Air flew home and won by a head. The winner drifted markedly in the betting and that was very much to do with his inexperience. However, Clair'es Secret lost little in defeat (I wasn't happy though) and a real battling girl. Definitely the sort of girl who would swing a handbag at you if you so much as looked in her direction. She is priced the second favourite at 15/8. I'm slightly surprised she isn't favourite. [Note: One bookie had this priced at 15/8 but in general it seems 6/4.]
That honour goes to Masonic. If you see someone placing a bet with one trouser leg hitched halfway up their calf you know the horse they fancy. I saw this colt when he made his debut at Great Yarmouth. He was backed from much bigger prices and turned out to be the only horse to challenge the odds-on favourite, Marilyn, who wasn't pressed to win. The form of Robyn Brisland's charge has been rather up and down. Uncertainty has ruled with this horse. Which Masonic will turn up is the question and betting at even money does look a touch short. I wouldn't bet on those odds myself but each to their own.
Winning Bid has been battling away and has the visor applied for the first time. Harry Dunlop's horse has an element of ability but it does seem a struggle.
Conclusion: I have a slight phobia about betting straight wins and unless a horse touches each-way odds I am a little reserved. Claire's Secret and Masonic. It sounds like a male chauvinist pig (joke) meets Clair Balding. In an intellectual debate or arm wrestle, I would vote for the girl with the full head of hair. Claire's Secret has a very good chance to win and at the odds (even though I have a phobia) she is worth a small win bet.