By Kevin O'Malley, www.tote.co.uk
We return on Sunday with three dark horses to note at Hamilton, Windsor and the Curragh on a day packed with both variety and quality.
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I’m a sucker for a striking grey with a good attitude and although it is early days yet, LOLA SHOWGIRL has caught my eye in that regard on both starts to date.
Pure Beauty did her Newmarket debut form no good on Saturday, but nonetheless, it was a fair effort and one she built upon last time when second to Ametist at Chepstow.
The pair came well clear of the chasing pack there and although still a little green, David Loughnane’s filly displayed a likeable willingness to run on well for pressure. They didn’t go very fast and I’m intrigued to see how she gets on over a mile at Hamilton.
A daughter of Night Of Thunder, she is up against a few of the boys today, but none of them boast overly intimidating form. Lola Showgirl may just bump into a classy colt or two, but the Loughnane stable is in good form and I’m happy enough to have her on side for a Win and Place play.
If it was my last betting fiver, I’d probably put it on Ice Age. However, at likely much bigger odds, I’ll suggest Tom Dascombe’s ARCANADA as a lively enough outsider for this six-furlong handicap.
This seven-year-old has run 42 times in his career, only one of them over this trip and that was on his racecourse debut. Nevertheless, I’m perpetually interested in seven furlong and one mile-type horses finding gold over shorter trips and perhaps Arcanada can do so today.
Arcanada enjoyed an OK pipe-opener behind Sir Busker at Newcastle earlier in the month, while Poppy Fielding’s 7lb claim negates a more comfortable mark of 82 further, which makes the selection look quite nicely weighted for this Class 3 contest.
This Aidan Fogarty trained four-year-old has a patchy profile, but two performances in particular make her a big player for this six-furlong Group Two. She is tried in first-time cheekpieces today, which can sharpen up her focus, you’d hope.
One of those two runs was when she finished second to Advertise in the Group One Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot last year, where she produced a Rating Post Rating of 113 and a Topsped figure of 107.
She did a similar 113/108 combination in the British Champions Sprint at Ascot in October, finishing ahead of the re-opposing and market leading Make A Challenge in the process.
Forever In Dreams is sure to improve from her seasonal return at Naas and connections seeing fit to skip Royal Ascot in favour, or this might just speak volumes about their intent and confidence around the horse’s chance on Sunday.Get your free Racing TV fleece - the latest in our range of high-class Racing TV merchandise! Click here for more details.
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