A Novice Stakes over 5f. A large field of twelve two-year-olds. Seven horses have racecourse experience.
The betting suggests this is an open-looking affair.
Spoof is worthy of respect.
Charlie Hills' son of Poet's Voice races in the familiar silks of Gary And Linnet Woodward. This bay colt cost 50,000 euros at the yearling sales. He was relatively fancied on debut at Newbury, a race that had some class and will detail plenty of winners in time. He was a touch keen which saw this bay colt off the pace. However, he ran on with spirit at the two-furlong pole only to tire in the closing furlong to finish fifth.
Better was expected at Windsor second start. A wide draw didn't help as Spencer tried to get to the rail and was a spent force in the last hundred yards. I am of the opinion, Spoof went a stride too fast which worked ideally for the eventual winner who picked up the pieces. In that respect, I don't think we saw the best of this speedster. In addition, he looked hot and sweaty.
The application of the hood is probably an attempt to settle such exuberance. This January foal is likely to start favourite.
Callum Sheppard takes off a valuable 3lb. A low draw seems ideal to lead and very few horses will have the pace of this colt if the choke is pulled out. This juvenile has been keen on both starts and could be temperamental. Those traits could be a problem.
Hills will be expecting a big run and if this two-year-old is going to win it will most likely happen today. With a few issues, I would be careful betting but respect this horse and think he will go well. If betting, I would be tempted to lay you stake at shorter odds if blazing a trail.