I’m not sure who is on commentating duty at Beverley on Wednesday but I would imagine whoever it is will be very slow and deliberate when calling the progress of Little Bustard when he makes his debut in the novice auction stakes (2.50).
The name checkers at Weatherbys seem to have let a rare risky one through the net, although an ardent twitcher tells me that Little Bustard is in fact the common name for the Tetrax Tetrax.
Having googled Little Bustard, I'm confused as to why anyone would describe it as "Little". It's not the kind of bird you are going to see eating bread in your back garden any time soon, unless you happen to be reading this somewhere in southern Europe and Asia.
Hoof Hearted, Two In The Pink, Wear The Fox Hat and Mary Hinge have been among those to gain notoriety without being anything out of the ordinary.
So good luck, Little Bustard, no doubt you will give racegoers a chuckle or two for years to come when they say your name out loud. Be careful not toi be rude about him if he does not take flight today because, one day, he may just turn to into a Big Bustard.
Rachel Candelora is off this week, entitled to rest on her laurels after three more winners form four tips last week. Here’s hoping for similar.
Plenty of these are exposed but Matewan, a three-year-old on the up after only six starts, is an exception.
He is 7lb higher than when scoring over a mile and a quarter at Newmarket last time but he’s not reached his ceiling and the extra couple of furlongs seems sure top suit.
If he does win it will be another boost to the form of Whitlock, who is awarded the nap in the 4.20 at Sandown.
The front-running mare is in her element when getting her own way on a sound surface - all eight of her career wins have been achieved on good going or faster when making all - and it is not difficult to see her dominating this.
She was winning at Listed level for the fourth time when routing the opposition at Salisbury last time and I fancy she will draw the sting from Winter Lightning, who is not sure to stay.
Got turned over at 1-12 at Wolverhampton last time but that three-runner contest was run at a dawdle and he is better judged on her better promising efforts on the July Course at Newmarket.
Those efforts suggest she can exploit an opening handicap mark of 83, not least because she is definitely capable of much better yet.
Unlikely to prove as good as his brother, Zonderland, but not seen to best advantage when fourth over course and distance last time when attempting to complete a hat-trick of wins.
He finished behind the consistent Dawn Dancer but, granted the rub of the green, the John Gosden-trained colt can turn the tables. The exuberant Enzemble is also worth putting in your Racing UK Tracker - look out for him back at a mile.
There’s no doubt he reserves his best for Southwell and he ran another cracker there last time, off a mark of 84, when runner-up in what looked a strong sprint for the track.
That was his first run for three months, so he is entitled to be sharper, and he reverts to turf on a mark of 67.
It’s not as if he is totally dependent on the al-weather - four of his career wins have been on grass - and he is ideally drawn in stall 3. The early 11-1 available has been snapped up but the 8-1 still looks generous.
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