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Rizzel had a 11/4 winner on Monday. He has two selections on Tuesday in attempt to start July off with a bang.
A drop back to 10f should see SONNING in a better light, after he disappointed over 12f last time at Chester.
Last time out he went off as 6/4F, but finished 6/6, 4.75 lengths behind the winner. Though he finished last, and it was disappointing to see him finish there, it wasn't as bad as you'd think. He didn't finish that far from the other horses, and the form isn't working out too bad. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th have either won or finished second in their next races. In the Chester race, Sonning was travelling well, but found nothing in the final furlong when he was asked for an effort, that suggests that a return to a shorter trip will be beneficial.
Also, a return to a Class 5 will be a big help. The race he contested last time was a Class 3, but the time before, he won a Class 5 at Beverley. He will have to improve from his win, as he's been raised 6lbs for that win, and there is some lightly raced horses in this race, but that was his first run of the season, so he was entitled to not be 100% for that race he won.
2yo races at this time of year are always a gamble to have a bet in, as there are a lot of unraced horses, who could be anything. But, when a horse who has the experience advantage and has ran well before, then they can be hard to beat, which is why I like the looks of SILKEN PETALS.
Philip McBride is a trainer who isn't known for his 2yo's, but this one looks to be one of his better ones, who could potentially contest some nice races this season. Silken Petals was 2nd on debut, and that performance was deemed to be rated as 81 on the Racing Post, which is a good run for a 2yo on debut. She finished 0.75 lengths in front of Oscula, who is trained by George Boughey and had already ran before. George Boughey's 2yo's are spot on this year, so the fact she was ahead of her with an experience disadvantage is a good indicator that she could be above average.
Silken Petals is a full sister to Squash who was also trained by Philip McBride, and won on her second start as a 2yo, and was rated as high as 102 in her 2yo campaign, so she could follow in her sister's footsteps and be as precocious as she was.
Ben Curtis is a good jockey booking, and this is Phil McBride's 5th runner at the track, with him previously winning 1/4.
13:35 Haydock - Race: 4
13:40 York - Race: 2
13:45 Listowel - Race: 3