Good win for Harlequin Rock yesterday. Feels always good to get things right, as it doesn’t happen too often! Mass Rally looked to come storming home on the outside but faded away eventually. He needs more help from the handicapper these days. Katimavik was NR.
7.35 Ripon: Class 3 Handicap, 5f
This could be an excellent opportunity for the old boy Noble Storm to get back on the score sheet. The nine year old hasn’t been exactly close to winning this year but more often than not wasn’t disgraced nor far beaten.
He drops to a very handy mark now which should see him competitive in this grade, particular today with ground conditions sure to suit well.
Noble Storm @ 16/1 Paddy Power – 5pts Win
7.50 Chelmsford: Class 3 Handicap, 10f
The two fillies at the top of the market could be hard to beat here. Talawat of bottom weight will go very close if she gets the trip against this better opposition. Martlet makes more appeal as she is proven over track and trip.
However I feel Taaqah is overpriced here. She went close over a mile at Chelmsford earlier this year, when runner-up behind Boonga Roogeta. She hasn’t been seen to best effect in her last two starts but the return to the All-Weather may help. She steps up in trip and that is the factor which may see her improving a bit again.
On pedigree she has every chance to do so as a son of Arch out of a Gone West mare who has a stake in multiple St. Leger winner Leading Light.
Taaqah has only one maiden win to her name yet, and that over 6f. It’s is not given that she appreciates the new trip. But it’s possible. There aren’t too many in this field with a realistic chance on handicapping terms and therefore I believe she is a rather big price here.
Taaqah @ 16/1 Ladbrokes – 5pts Win
8.00 Cork: Give Thanks Stakes (Fillies’ Group 3), 1m 4f
This two times races filly Zhukova progressed nicely from her debut run when she landed a Navan maiden in fine style back in June. Trainer Dermot Weld was quite happy and was hoping she would make into a nice Stakes filly over further. Today is the chance.
She lacks experience in this field but is extremely well bred and should appreciate the step up in trip. With natural progression she can go close.
Zhukova @ 14/1 Ladbrokes – 5pts Win