2.25 Windsor: Class 6 Handicap, 5f
Meganseigthteen looks a huge chance in this field, as she drops in grade and goes back to the course and distance that saw her hit form again earlier this year.
She was well backed on her debut for the John Butler yard back in June and was arguably an unlucky third that day. Always tracking the pace, she had a hard time getting a clear run, though. She was also hampered and jockey Tom Marquand nearly brought down with half a furlong to go.
Next time at Yarmouth three weeks later she was upped in grade and once again well backed. It was a tougher contest, albeit a smaller field, but she looked wanting for speed and possibly class as well in this higher grade as the race started to heat up.
But once pulled out into daylight and asked for full effort approaching the final furlong marker she responded really well and seemed to unwind for a proper finish, until suddenly finding herself short of room and badly hampered. No chance to recover. She probably wouldn’t have gotten to the eventual winner, but would have gone pretty close with a clear run, I feel.
This is a much easier race, down in grade, two pounds lower than at Yarmouth, a pound lower than at Windsor, Tom Marquand on board again and first time cheekpieces fitted – this filly must have a massive chance to get finally off the mark.
I have one slight concern: ground; depending on how much rain gets into the ground. She is unproven, but the sire won on soft an the dam’s best performance came on yielding ground – so there’s hope.
10pts win – Meganseigthteen @ 6.6