Tawdeea comes here in search of a third straight win and he has done nothing but improve since joining David O’Meara from Richard Hannon. Recent successes at Newcastle and Hamilton have seen him rise through the ranks and he has to rate as a serious contender this afternoon. Danny Tudhope regains the reins today and having partnered the four year old to win before, he ought to know exactly what he has beneath him.
Winter House was well enough forward last season to land the Wood Ditton on what was his first career start at Newmarket. He wasn’t seen again until his latest run at Lingfield almost a year later whe he found only Dutch Uncle too strong. That rival was already race fit, so with the benefit of a run now under his belt, he looks likely to pose the strongest of threats. Revolutionist returned to winning ways for Mark Johnston at Newmarket a couple of weeks ago when getting the better of stablemate Master Of Finanace. He may not have such an easy task getting to the front here but the yard landed this race last year and he may have small each way claims.
Tawdeea is joined in the race by stablemates Fattsota, Hit The Jackpot and Birdman. He has relatively low mileage on the clock compared to them and a few other rivals and further improvement cannot be ruled out. He deserves this rise in class and it wouldn’t be the biggest of shocks to see him go in yet again.
TAWDEEA (E/W if 9/2+)
Tawdheef is a graduate of the Brian Meehan yard and he did ever so well to win three of his six races last season. He now makes his first career start for Simon Crisford and with proven ability to go well fresh, he has to rank high on any shortlist especially for a trainer who has certainly hit the ground running this season.
Bounce clearly learned a lot on his racecourse debut last season as he showed unlimited potential when cruising to success at Kempton Park on his only subsequent start. He obliterated his rivals by around five lengths on that occasion and Henry Candy certainly knows the time of day with sprinters. Madrinho takes a big drop in class to contest this and it could well prove that handicaps are what he is made for. Whilst he will be fitter for his recent reappearance, it remains to be seen if he can give weight away to some lesser exposed sorts. Taneen is also likely to come on for his first run of the season where he finished sixth to Log Out Island. With his sights also lowered here, it will be interesting to see if he can build upon that effort.
The form of Tawdheef’s win at Newbury has been franked by the likes of Gwendolyn and Taurean Star and with Robert Havlin in the saddle they grey will not lack any assistance from the saddle. Versatile regarding ground conditions, this six furlong trip is ideal and he will not be far away if fit enough to to do himself justice.
TAWDHEEF (E/W if 9/2+)
Perfect Cracker loves it around here and two of his three turf wins have come at this track. Whilst he has been kept busy throughout the winter months, he recently returned from a short break to finish third at Chester. That suggested that there ought to be more to come from him and now that he returns to a track that clearly suits, he has to command respect now that he renews his association with Adam Kirby.
Shakopee is a lightly raced type who is bound to have benefitted from a recent spin at Newmarket. Silvestre De Sousa is a notable jockey booking by Luca Cumani and if improving for his seasonal debut, he is extremely likely to be on the premises. Shell Bay is locally trained by Richard Hannon and has already tasted success at this trip and over further last season. Despite being off the track for the best part of a year, he may not need to improve significantly in order to get involved. American Artist finished in behind Perfect Cracker at Chester last time and there is no obvious reason as to why he should reverse that form.
Perfect Cracker may well be an eight year old but he is now back down to his last winning mark. Clive Cox has his string in excellent shape and this combination may prove difficult to peg back.
PERFECT CRACKER (E/W if 9/2+)
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