Fast ground is the order of the day at Newmarket where I am looking forward to the second start of Silk Romance (1.10) in the opening Fillies Novice event.
The filly holds an entry in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket next month and ran a race full of promise on debut when finishing runner up at Kempton over today’s trip behind another Godolphin runner. The filly lost a bit of ground at the start but looked clueless or devoid of any ability in the first part of the race and turned for home plum last. Her finishing effort was hugely impressive, however, and she is likely to be tough to beat with that experience under her belt. There was 11/8 available with William Hill on Thursday evening but the filly is 5/6 with Boylesports at the time of posting.
Note the selection wore the first colours of Godolphin on debut but was beaten by a John Gosden trained runner in the second colours of the Boys in Blue. Silk Romance wears the second colours of Godolphin today with stablemate Colourful Dream – who also holds an entry in the Rockfel – wearing the blue cap. It will be interesting to see what the market says about the prospects of the debutante although William Buick rides the selection.
The form of Allerby’s second at Kempton over a mile at the beginning of the month was given a boost when the winner followed up at Chepstow, but his best form is, arguably, over that trip and he is 3lbs higher in the handicap today dropping back down in trip. Note she is due to rise another 1lb in the handicap from the weekend.
David Probert keeps the ride on Allerby, and he also rode bottom-weight Lamorna Cove (1.45) to victory at Newbury last time and the latter gets the nod with Buick taking the ride. The selection – 9/4 from 11/4 with MansionBet – settled a bit better dropped back to today’s trip last time and a 3lbs rise looks fair especially when you consider the second is now rated 6lbs higher in the weights. One note of caution – there is no guaranteed pace in the race. The selection wears a hood for a reason and would want to track a decent gallop.
Cairn Island (4.30) has been off the track two months which suggests something was found to be amiss after he disappointed at Chester last time when stepped up to seven furlongs for the first time. The gelding looked ill at ease around those tight turns but his earlier fourth in a hot handicap on the Rowley Mile suggested he would be well up to winning races this term.
Boogie Time should ensure a decent gallop as he chases a four-timer for Karl Burke, but I hope he helps set the race up for Kevin Ryan’s 3-y-old who I feel will return to 7f sooner rather than later. There was 4/1 available on Thursday early evening but he has been supported into 3s with 10Bet at the time of posting.
Stunning Beauty (6.53) was fancied for the mile handicap won by Lola Showgirl at Royal Ascot and can now meet the winner on 10lbs better terms at Goodwood this evening if you include jockey’s allowances. The selection – 9/4 with Boylesports – ran a terrific race at Newmarket last time behind a former Group 1 winner and that form has been franked by the runner up – Rifleman – who won a valuable mile handicap at York last week.