PADDOCKS PATENT (WEDNESDAY)
We start at the seaside location of Yarmouth on day two of their three-day meeting.
This Listed race for fillies is the pick of today’s action. In previous renewals three-year-olds seem to hold sway over their elders. Suffused’s last two efforts have been in this company finishing second at Salisbury and fourth at York. William Twiston-Davies gets back on board this Roger Charlton filly and guided her to success three starts ago.
Loving Things is the most interesting having only had one start when seen winning a maiden on soft ground at Salisbury. She won that quite nicely and being the least exposed could have more to come up against this exposed types. She’s the obvious improver and proved her stamina in that maiden but this may come too soon.
Speedy Boarding makes the most appeal of the three-year-olds. James Fanshawe’s filly was fifth in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh when last seen and dropping back into a grade she has won in previously. Her form looks decent enough after beating Journey, who has since won a Listed race, in a Goodwood maiden then stepped up on that to win the Listed Ballymacoll Stud Stakes at Newbury prior to her run in Ireland. A likeable type and drops back to this trip here.
Of the four-year-olds it is Talmada that takes the eye. She drops in grade after her last two runs coming in Group company over shorter. Three starts ago she was second to Covert Love in a Listed race over this distance. Hugo Palmer’s filly then went on to win the Irish Oaks, so that form is working out nicely. Stepped back up in trip and down in grade gives Roger Varian a chance to win this race again after winning it last year with Hadaatha.
Talmada (E/W if 9/2+)
A sprint over the minimum distance and Maljaa looks the one to beat after his win at Haydock eleven-days ago. He raced prominently and then was able to fend off the late challengers. His mark has gone up 4lb for that success and looks very progressive. Another positive for this son of Paco Boy is that he is versatile on the ground.
Ruth Carr is sending her Lexington Place a long way from home to compete in this contest. He was 1l behind Maljaa in fourth at Haydock and remains a consistent performer. Headgear is put back on the five-year-old in the shape of cheekpieces. He is likely to be held up despite the draw in stall one and could try to track William Buick on Midlander.
Robert Cowell has two in this race and Green Door looks very well handicapped after winning the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes of a mark of 94 in 2013. His mark has been 100+ since then and could get in contention in this race off 95. After a break of 39 days he could be fresh enough to go well under Oisin Murphy. In a smaller field his other runner Normal Equilibrium can’t be discounted either but he tends to do his winning at the beginning of the season.
Humidor won at Epsom on heavy ground last time. It was the race he won last year but then was voided. This eight-year-old has hit quirks but on his day can show his ability. Versatile on ground but up 4lb for that win could stretch him against these youngsters.
Lexington Place (E/W)
We move up north to take in jumping over the fences at Kelso and Robin’s Command was very impressive when beating Muwalla at Perth nine days ago. Rose Dobbin’s eight-year-old jumped for fun and despite carrying a 7lb penalty here looks difficult to oppose here at a track he has previously won twice at.
Purple ‘N Gold won a Novices Chase when last seen at Worcester and is the most likely to serve it up to the selection. That was his first attempt over fences and he acquitted himself win. As a six-year-old there could be more to come from this David Pipe gelding.
Muwalla is on the same mark as when beaten by the selection at Perth and has seven lengths to find. Lisa Harrison’s eight-year-old is consistent and could hit the frame but has a bit to find. He was also behind Toledo Gold at Sedgefield in August last year and Maurice Barnes’ runner is relatively fresh only having had two runs in the summer months.
Robin’s Command (WIN)