A disappointing run from Essme last night at Brighton. The filly was mad keen, stumbled midway and wasn’t able to sustain an effort in the closing stages.
I am prepared to give her another chance, though. Things simply didn’t go to plan for her yesterday. It was a wild race, as it can be with these races at Brighton.
I still think she can win a race, especially of her low mark. Perhaps a drop to 6 furlongs could do the trick. Though I wouldn’t lose hope over 7f either. It was her first run in quite some time. So she was obviously rather fresh.
5.05 Musselburgh: Class 5 Handicap, 7f
Quick turnaround for Fanzone here after he made a fine comeback at Ayr only three days ago.
That day he was a touch slowly away but also seemed to be slightly impeded moments after the start. Nonetheless, he travelled well for most of the race, although became flat footed two furlongs out when the pace got really hot.
He made his challenge on the outside of the field and clearly took his time to hit top gear. He motored home well to claim 4th place in the end.
This was Fanzone’s first run after a break and a wind operation which appears to have worked, judged by how he finished his race.
Fanzone showed promise earlier in his career but changed yards and lost form over the last two years which meant his handicap mark has tumbled dramatically.
Now down to a really sexy mark of 58 he’s an intriguing runner back up to 7 furlongs of bottom weight today. Good jockey booking adds a bit of confidence.
10pts win – Fanzone @ 10.5/1