Declared Interest appeared to be a horse to follow in the early stages of last season, but it didn't quite go to plan. Hopefully, she makes a winning start to her 4yo campaign.
FLORENCE STREET make an encouraging reappearance after 224 days off the track, when finishing 7th at Newmarket a couple of weeks ago. Though 7th doesn't sound great, she was only 2.5 lengths behind the winner, and with a few furlongs left to run it seemed like she was going to be out the back of the picture, but she stuck on well and appeared that she needed the run.
With that run under her belt, I think there is much more to come from the lightly raced daughter of Iffraaj. Some of her form from her 2yo season stacks up quite well in this field, as this race doesn't appear to be that strong. The race at Chelmsford has worked out quite well, with the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th all winning since.
With only four runs to her name, you'd be disappointed if she wasn't better than what we've seen so far. She has been dropped 1lb for her last run, which is a bonus, and this race looks easier than lto.
Andrew Balding continues to be in good form, currently operating at a 23% strike rate in the last 14 days, and 20% for the season from 260 runners.
My second and final selection for the bank holiday Monday is, DECLARED INTEREST, trained by Ralph Beckett.
This horse was well fancied in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot, last year. She went off 6/1 for that race, and arguably the soft ground went against her that day, where she finished 5th, 3 lengths behind the winner, Onassis.
Since then, she has been tried in Class 3's, Class 2's and even in a Class 1 Listed race. Last time out, she was dropped in class back into a Class 4, where she won, beating Bright Start, who has since franked the form by winning and finished runner-up twice. Today, she remains in a Class 4, but this is her first time racing in this class on turf. She is deemed to be better on the AW compared to turf, and the handicapper rates her 6lb worse off on the grass, which means she races off a mark of 83, as opposed to a mark of 89. This makes her an interesting candidate, as she was well fancied off a mark of 82 in a Class 2 (0-105) at Royal Ascot. This is her first start of the season, but she managed to win on her first start last year, and the Beckett yard are in good form (29% SR in the last 14 days).
A lot of the horses in this field are getting on in age, and I highly doubt they will be improving, and a lot of the older ones are on high marks and will need career best performances to win this race. Declared Interest looks to have the ability to be better than a 83 rated horse, especially with a pedigree like hers.
14:25 Doncaster - Race: 4
14:35 Cartmel - Race: 5
14:45 Yarmouth - Race: 6