Four fancies for Thursday: Rachel Candelora marks your card

By Rachel Candelora
Thu 5 Oct 2017

By Rachel Candelora

There is no turf Flat racing in Britain today and therefore I will not get caught out by drastically changing going descriptions so I’ll focus on the all-weather and, in the spirit of the upcoming jumps season, put up a chasing debutant. However, before the domestic action begins a bright and early start to my punting day with a matinee jumping meeting at Compiegne.

10:25 Compiegne: Eurydice Digeo

Eurydice Digeo is a horse I have been following since her win over hurdles at Tours in May.

She might have been a little unlucky to “bump into one” when runner-up in a similar claiming hurdle at Auteuil last time out but that still looked a solid run given she finished eight lengths clear of the third.

Guy Cherel, her trainer, now runs her against her own sex, as her Auteuil race was in against boys, and she should be a value play against the likely favourite, Jenychope,who is a previous course winner.

2:25 Lingfield: Purser

Robert Havlin’s first ride back from his lengthy suspension is an absolute cracker with Purser in this 7f all-weather novice event at Lingfield.

This son of Mizzen Mast won on his debut over 7f at Newbury before not being beaten very far, with trouble in running, in the Group Three Solario Stakes at Sandown.

Purser, who still holds a Racing Post Trophy entry, is now dropping back down in grade and while he has to carry the winner’s penalty, this looks to all intents and purposes like John Gosden’s “thank you” ride for Havlin for all his work this summer on the gallops with such as Enable.

2:55 Lingfield: Golly Miss Molly (each-way)

Quite a competitive race for the grade but there are question marks about several of those towards the head of the market.

Both Imphal and course specialist Ayr Of Elegance have been beating short fields but that is not the case with the likeable mare Golly Miss Molly, who beat a total of 24 rivals in her two victories at Kempton in June.

She is still relatively unexposed over this kind of distance and she did have a two-mile gallop on her latest start when unseating Martin Lane at the start. She galloped loose in front of the field, for the whole two miles, which should not have done her any harm fitness wise.

3:40 Huntington: Miss Spent

This novices’ limited handicap chase looks a weak affair for the money and is effectively a “maiden” chase, as none of the five runners have yet won over the bigger obstacles.

It could therefore be a good piece of placing by Dan Skelton to run the chasing debutant Miss Spent here.

She won on her only previous visit to the track in November last year when winning a novice hurdle and the Skelton yard could not be in better form.

Rachel Candelora’s Thursday fancies:

10:25 Compiegne: Eurydice Digeo

2:25 Lingfield: Purser at 4-7 with Ladbrokes

2:55 Lingfield: Golly Miss Molly (each-way) at a general 10-1

3:40 Huntington: Miss Spent at a general 100-30

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