There is £25,000 guaranteed prize money for this three-year-old fillies handicap so it is no surprise it has attracted a decent field.
The race is open to fillies rated 0-85 and is run over Carlisle’s famously stiff six furlongs placing stamina at a premium. Four of the original seven entries were winners last time out so this is going to be very competitive.
Tim Easterby’s Dark Angel filly, the mount of Danny Tudhope, is potentially on a favourable mark for her handicap debut after two impressive recent successes.
Perfect Thought is a non runner. Top weight Foxtrot Lady won comfortably last time, and both she and Belated Breath will have their supporters being clearly at the top of their game at present. Lady Dancealot, Dandy’s Beano and Miss Dd all have claims too.
Perfect Thought , who would likely have had a say in proceedings, has been declared a non runner.
Andrew Balding’s Foxtrot Lady ended last term finishing a fine third in listed Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar and scored at the third time of asking this campaign when easily landing the spoils at Chester. This is a very different challenge on a galloping track though, and off a 7lb higher mark she will have to have improved again to score. Belated Breath, scrambled home in a Nottingham 6f handicap last time so the 6lb rise looks a shade harsh. That was her first outing on turf however, so it’s not unreasonable to suppose there could be more to come from Hughie Morrison’s filly.
Tim Easterby’s Angels is 2-3 having not raced as a juvenile and is a shade unlucky not to be unbeaten having lost out by just a short-head on her debut at Catterick in April. She made no mistake at Ripon a couple of weeks later and followed up in a better race at Pontefract when long odds-on. She is well related on the dam’s side so looks very competitively weighted for this handicap bow.
LADY DANCEALOT is the choice however, having caught the eye when taking on older horses on her seasonal return at Goodwood two weeks ago. She was up against experienced rivals but held her own and may have got a little closer in third had she not suffered minor interference. This was a good effort though for one so inexperienced in this league.
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Lady Dancealot is Hayley Turner’s only ride of the day and trainer David Elsworth is enjoying a good spell with 4 winners from his last 12 runners.
Neither Dandy’s Beano nor Miss Dd can be ruled out of it, but they need to improve on their achievements of late to figure in a decent event.
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Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.