WILLIE MULLINS scooped the feature Listed fillies’ contest at Bath with True Self last year and sends over Galway festival winner Diamond Hill with a clear chance. She will handle the forecast deep ground but so will SAPA INCA (3.20) at bigger odds.
Mark Johnston’s three-year-old has something to find on official ratings with Diamond Hill and Andrew Balding’s Grace And Danger, but she gave improving Hereby a good race of it at Ascot last time. Grace And Danger finished third of four behind useful Sextant and Manuela De Vega at Chester and she won her maiden on soft ground at Nottingham last autumn. Diamond Hill is sure to go close ar around even-money but Sapa Inca is the each-way recommendation.
The fillies’ handicap has a nice shape for an each-way punt on LADY ALAVESA (4.25), a fine second to Fannie By Gaslight at Chester. She drops in trip but Milan Reef, unpenalised for her Leicester success in an apprentices’ contest, likes to bowl along. Oisin Murphy is an eye-catching booking for Lady Alavesa and is the preferred option over top weight Capriolette, unlucky here 16 days ago but a winner on soft at Nottingham in August.
LOOSE CHIPPINGS (7.55) gets one more chance to poke his head in front at Southwell this evening. The five-year-old was ridden a shade too aggressively by his apprentice jockey last time, setting up the race for the closers. Loose Chippings stayed on when headed to finish third and Dougie Costello will hopefully give his mount a more measured ride. Starplex was a big drifter at Musselburgh yesterday but didn’t run badly in second. He is declared to run here 24 later and it will interesting to see if he is supported in the betting if going to post.
POETA BRASILEIRO (5.25) was noted making late headway when third to in-form Queen Of Kalahari here last week and Cieren Fallon gets the leg up.
BREAK THE SILENCE (8.25) is well at home on the Fibresand surface and may be able to go one better than last week when beaten a neck by Atalanta Queen.
Jumps fans are treated to a varied eight-race card at Wetherby and CAPTAIN MOIRETTE (5.35) could be one to follow this season. Sue Smith’s grey was driven clear to score at Haydock (soft) in March and was last seen running a respectable eighth to Verdana Blue in the Scottish Champion Hurdle. Whether he is fit enough returning from a break is anyone’s guess and the betting market may provide a clue to expectations.
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