An intriguing Class 5 fillies’ handicap over seven furlongs, restricted to three-year-olds only rated between 0-70.
With total prize money of £7,021, this race has attracted a mixture of those with established handicap form, and those tackling this challenge for the first time. There is a suspicion that there could be rather better to come from one or two of the less exposed contenders.
Favourite Kaaba Stone
David Simcock’s Kaaba Stone, third in a novice event at Chelmsford in January, may possibly start favourite although it is by no means certain.
This is a very trappy event, but Renny’s Lady, Popsicle, Little Miss Lily and Sir Michael Stoute’s Allante will have their supporters in a race where all eight have some sort of a chance.
This is a tricky race, but one that caught the eye as there are a number of potential improvers. The form might well be worth following.
Of those that have already competed in handicaps Richard Hannon’s Popsicle makes most appeal. This daughter of Acclamation ran three times as a juvenile, finishing a good second on debut in July before going missing for nearly five months. She returned to run two modest races on the AW in the late autumn, but back on turf at Salisbury two weeks ago ran second of 17 to Beyond Equal, staying on over six furlongs. The winner has since bolted in again under a penalty so the form looks solid and the extra furlong here should suit off just a 1lb higher mark.
Top weight Renny’s Lady failed by just a nose to score at Leicester recently over this trip and turns out again off the same mark with Rossa Ryan claiming 5lb. She should again be thereabouts, while David Elsworth’s Cosmopolitan Queen, a full sister to the high-class Group 1 Juddmonte International winner Arabian Queen, hasn’t yet lived up to her pedigree but it would not surprise to see her show some progression off a 3lb lower mark than last time with the champion jockey on board. She’ll be worth a fortune as a broodmare if connections can make her a winner.
The three handicap debutantes of interest here are Kaaba Stone, Allante, and Mirror Mirror. Kaaba Stone showed promise on both outings as a two-year-old and reappeared at Chelmsford in January to again run with credit, finishing third over this trip. She’s been given more time to mature but her stable is struggling for winners at the moment, although Lightning Spear went mighty close in the Lockinge Stakes a few weeks ago.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Allante, beaten just a neck in a Wolverhampton novice stakes in December, made her seasonal return in a decent Newmarket maiden two weeks ago finishing fifth of 17. She looks sure to win races and won’t be far away.
MIRROR MIRROR represents the in-form yard of Peter Chapple-Hyam (3-6 in the last week). After looking backward last term she ran with plenty of promise at Doncaster last month, staying on nicely under hands and heels over 6 furlongs to finish sixth of 17 to Indian Tygress (see video below, pink colours, white cap).
INDIAN TYGRESS makes a taking winning debut at Doncaster under a hands and heels ride by George Wood. This half-sister to The Tin Man really could be anything. 🐯 pic.twitter.com/yzK90kzkuf
— Callum (@Connochie7) April 27, 2018
She’s a half-sister to a number of winners who stayed beyond a mile so moving up in distance, off bottom weight, and with her capable apprentice rider claiming a further 3lb, she is a sporting choice to land the spoils.
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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.