The ground was given as good to firm on Tuesday morning at Yarmouth ahead of todays eight-race card although there was the prospect of significant rain, and it would be no surprise if conditions were good or just on the soft side of good by the start of racing.
Marienplatz has a leading chance in the mile handicap if she can transfer her all-weather form to the turf. She finished runner up at Kempton last time when ridden by the excellent Laura Pearson for the first time and a 1lb rise looks fair. The three-year-old must go close but marginal preference is for Golden Love (1.55) who looks sure to improve for the step up to a mile having finished second at Brighton – beaten a nose – last time from a 1lb lower mark.
The selection – 5/2 with Boylesports – is beautifully bred, and connections will be desperate to get a win next to her name for the breeding sheds. By Dubawi out of a listed winner at a mile she is certainly bred to be better than a 50-rated animal.
Boltaway will be a short price to land his hat-trick in the 12f handicap, but both those successes were gained on fast ground over 10f, and he is not guaranteed to stay today’s additional near quarter of a mile – especially if the forecast rain gets into the ground.
The nod is given to Goldie Hawk (4.15) who returned to winning ways at Windsor last time and has now won four of her last six starts. She has winning form on good to soft and is only 2lbs higher for that recent Windsor success. She must give the younger horse 10lbs but has only had eight career starts herself and is open to further improvement. The 9/4 with MansionBet looks about right.
The 2m handicap at Kempton is a cracker and Storm Chaser is entitled to improve for her first start in Britain when runner up at Wolverhampton back in May. She was slowly away on that occasion and cannot afford to get too far back this evening, however, and I think there is more to come from Didtheyleaveuoutto (6.15) on the level for Nick Gifford.
The selection – 3s with 10Bet – was a fluent winner at Nottingham last time and his record on polytrack over two miles reads 12 although I appreciate the 10-length success was gained in a Lingfield bumper on debut. He has never quite fulfilled the promise of that initial success, but he remains unexposed as a stayer on the flat on polytrack or fast turf.
Keeper (6.45) has missed engagements on account of the rain-softened ground at Ripon on Monday and Wolverhampton’s tapeta on Tuesday to wait for this evening’s 11f contest. I was keen to oppose Roger Charlton’s colt with unexposed three-year-olds Carrigihilliy and Imperial Son in those contests, but I do expect him to follow up his recent Brighton won on polytrack.
Hollie Doyle takes over in the saddle tonight and the Frankel colt, who has good form on tonight’s surface, improved for the application of blinkers last time. The 5/4 with BetVictor looks fair.