PADDOCKS PATENT (MONDAY)
Snowball was never really put in the race at Kempton last week when partnered by Harry Cobden for the first time. He was always out the back before staying on past beaten horses at one pace to finish just out of the frame. It is interesting that David Arbuthnot retains the faith in the young jockey and he will be keen to make up for what was a far from brilliant ride. The duo sneak in here at the foot of the handicap and with a liking for soft ground, this grey gelding is taken to finish right in the mix once again.
Ginny’s Tonic is fully entitled to come on for her seasonal reappearance at Fontwell. This marks a noteable step up in trip and is her handicap debut. It wouldn’t be that much of a surprise if she delivered her best run to date with soft ground unlikely to inconvenience her. American Life has been in good form this winter and although no match for Eminent Poet at Towcester last time, this return to three miles should certainly work in his favour. Killian Moore takes three pounds off and despite trying to win off a career high mark, he should still have live each way claims.
Snowball looked progressive prior to that last outing but clearly bears no ill effects of that last race coming here just seven days later. With weight concessions from all of his rivals it would be foolish to think he had finished and he could be worth another chance.
Snowball (E/W if 9/2+)
Wavelet has been in excellent form recently and that can continue this afternoon. This four year old is one of the babies in the line up and she could just prove a bit too quick for these older and more exposed sorts. Jamie Spencer keeps the ride on this daughter of Archipenko and the extra distance today may not be enough to stop this improving and lightly raced filly.
Cosmic Halo is beginning to look dangerously well handicapped in the best of her old form and despite not having won on the all wealth tracks to date, it looks only a matter of time before she strikes. The seven year old stays every inch of a mile and a quarter so stamina is guaranteed. Representing an in form team she looks a real danger. Tijuca is proven on this surface but al of her wins have come at a much lower level. Whilst Ed De Giles has placed her well in the past, she looks to have place claims only this afternoon.
Wavelet comes into this following a good couple of wins at Lingfield Park. Her confidence will be at an all time high and she looks likely to give another bold run.
Abbey Angel produced a career best effort when scoring over this course and distance just a fortnight ago. She was prominent from the outset despite an unfavourable wide draw and stayed up with the pace throughout. She is still fairly well treated on the pick of her form from last season and given the manner of her victory last time, it would be of little surprise to see her follow up this afternoon.
India’s Song is clearly at the top of her game right now and comes into this race in search of a third consecutive win. The six year old should be able to confirm recent form with top weight Oakley Girl although neither of them have won at this track in the past and that is somewhat off putting. The biggest threat to the selection could actually come from her stablemate Mitre Peak. Like the selection, Richard Fahey got this one to win over the course and distance two weeks ago but this marks her handicap debut and she is open to any amount of improvement. Sammy Jo Bell takes over in the saddle and with her claiming three pounds tent ought to be there or thereabouts.
Tony Hamilton has partnered both runners in the past and he clearly feels that there is more to come from Abbey Angel. The yard remain in excellent form and with a bit more experience on her side it should pay to stick with the daughter of Arcano.
Abbey Angel (WIN)