Glass Slippers was a 9-2 winner at the Curragh last week in my Sunday column and I am hoping that once again we can show a profit this week.
A few weeks ago I advised backing Shale to win the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at 33-1. After her win in the Moyglare at the Curragh last week she is a general 14-1 shot. A trading position for sure, but I am happy to sit tight and if she can win the Fillies’ Mile she is going to be a single-figure winter favourite for the fillies’ Classic.
As ever, four Sunday selections for you.
1.00 Chelmsford: Collinsbay
This Richard Hannon-trained colt looks to be a stand out in this company and he should complete a straightforward victory.
This represents a drop in grade for him, having finished second in a nursery at Ascot off a mark of 81 and then a good fifth at Doncaster in a competitive sales’ race. Now back in novice company, he will be hard to beat despite the surface being something of an unknown for him.
He will benefit from the step back up in trip to seven furlongs and being reunited with Ryan Moore is an obvious plus. Collinsbay will be a short price, but should win this weak looking contest with a degree of comfort.
1.30 Chelmsford: Oh This is Us
This horse can initiate a quickfire double for Hannon and Moore. The latter takes over from an inexperienced apprentice who was on board here at Chelmsford last time out.
In that race, Oh This is Us came up against an improving three-year-old in Laser Show and acquitted himself well in finishing a running-on second having met some trouble in running.
He is not badly treated off a mark of 101 and although he finished his race off strongly over a mile last time out he is just as effective at this trip of seven furlongs.
A strong gallop will help him given his strong-travelling style of racing. This represent an ideal opportunity for him to get back into the winner’s enclosure once again for his in–form yard.
3.40 Hamilton: Poet's Lady
Just four runners but a tight affair with preference for Poets Lady, who has been steadily improving and put up a career-best effort when winning at Haydock last time.
She travelled well and seemed to enjoy the soft ground, which is in keeping with her pedigree given that her sire Farhh relished testing conditions.
She will encounter easy ground again here and can take another step forward. The time of the Haydock race was good and I believe she is well treated off a mark of 80. She has had only four races and is clearly a progressive sort with plenty of potential compared to her three rivals.
Kayewhykelly is a big danger following her recent course win, where she overcame trouble in running, but I prefer the improving Poets Lady.
4.40 Hamilton: Edgar Allan Poe
I am happy to take a chance on this out-of-form horse now that he is dropped into a Class 6 Handicap and gets to race off a mark of 64, which is 9lb below his last winning mark.
This big drop in grade will make life easier for him and Phil Dennis, who won twice on him last year, is reunited with him. Cut in the ground has been important to him in the past so that box is ticked and a low draw in stall 4 is ideal over this trip. He suddenly found his form last year out of nowhere and its possible that he will do so again with plenty in his favour from a handicapping point of view.
Two of his six wins have come at this track and it may bring the best out of him again. At a decent price he is worth a small interest.
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