Sam Boswell returns once again to give you his thoughts and selections ahead of tomorrow’s racing at Stratford and Bath.
Just six go to post in the Fillies Maiden Stakes over five furlongs and I think this presents the most experienced horse in the field, Al Dawodiya for Richard Hannon, with an excellent opportunity of finally getting off the mark.
This three-year-old has had four runs so far since the resumption of racing, going close in a couple of handicaps. The horse now drops in trip to the minimum distance and is hooded for the first time. In truth, while she may prefer to be going over slightly further I don’t think she will have many better opportunities to get off the mark and claim a race of this nature.
She will have to show she can handle the slightly quicker ground than she is used to, but I think Richard Hannon has found a race suitable for her to get off the mark here
Grageelagh Girl may be the oldest horse in the race at nine years old in this two-mile six handicap hurdle but I think she has got a great chance of going one better than her recent run at Market Rasen, where she finished a beaten second to Millie Of Mayo.
That day she was ridden by capable seven-pound claimer Liam Harrison, but today Paddy Brennan gets back on board. This horse has been fairly consistent over the years, had some good runs winner bumpers, and placing going way back to the BetVictor November meeting in 2017 behind Posh Trish.
Whilst she may not be quite as good as she used to be she remains on a mark of 110 after that second last month and I think at the foot of the weights here, off 11 stone, she can make her presence felt and get Fergal O’Brien another winner whose horses seem to be ticking over nicely with him currently operating with around a 35% strike rate. It is clear his team are in good form and has hit the ground running since the restart