One potentially well handicapped filly has caught my eye in the final race at Brighton tonight.
7.50 Brighton: Class 6 Handicap, 7f
I am interested in Essme on her return to the track here. There are obvious risks attached in terms of race fitness, trainer and jockey booking. But there are plenty of positives too, hence I am prepared take give her a chance.
The 4-year-old filly is one I have been waiting for quite some time. Especially her return to turf is what I’m keen to see, ever since her impressive Epsom runner-up performance last August.
That was only her sixth career start, and after travelling strongly for most of the time, including a big move halfway through the race, she loomed large on the inside, seemingly going much the best with the race at her mercy.
If only she would have got a clear run. She wasn’t able to get it until inside the last two furlongs and had to battle with a hanging rival as well as against the camber from there on. The winner was long gone by then but she finished nicely in 2nd. Her sectionals, particularly in the middle part were strong. The form of the race worked out really well, too.
She clearly handles fast ground and the 7 furlongs trip isn’t an issue, I reckon. I also think she is better than her low mark. Down to 49, the same she was rated at Epsom today.
I can forgive a subsequent poor showing at Lingfield, because on turf is where her best form is. She also went quite hard in the early parts of that race and faded only in the closing stages behind horses which franked the form significantly in the meantime.
Even though the yard still waits for a first winner in 2022, the limited recent form looks positive: John Bridger’s last three runners where 33/1, 50/1 and 66/1 and finished all in the money.
10pts win – Essme @ 10/1