The rain sure came at Epsom and while it helped Plantadream to a degree, it also contributed to those up top not coming back to him! He ran a cracking race for a 33/1 poke, placing third in the end, and was the only one to make proper inroads from the rear. Although he never looked like winning, it half feels like one that got away given the price and how he closed out the last couple of furlongs. A more favourable scenario that didn't see those up top thrive and he would have been even closer, or winning?! We'll never know.
Strait Of Hormuz was strong in the betting and had conditions to suit. For a few seconds it looked like he was going to get involved as well but he got chopped off and weakened away afterwards. As is often the case with him, I don't think things went ideally to plan and when they do, he'll be better. It's also likely that he's just not in hectic form at the moment and hopefully we'll see him back to his best in a run or two. There's more in the tank and I'll stay interested in him over 10/12f when a strong pace is on the cards.
It was a good run from On A Session to get third considering how keen he was in rear and I don't know why he was ridden so cold by William Buick, who was quite mediocre in his decision making. The horse challenged closer to the middle of the track than anything else and was rather marooned out there. Considering the different tactics, where he had to race in the straight, etc. etc. I'd take positives from the spin and remain as convinced that he'll be popping up in a good handicap sometime before long!
-3.00pts on the day.
Two bets going up for now - another couple could follow between 12-1pm, will tweet.
Parent's Prayer seems to have trained on nicely from 3 to 4 and shaped well on both starts to date, firstly coming second in a Group 3 over a mile at Naas before dropping to 7f around Lingfield and finishing a close fourth. That trip on a speed track would have tested her pace to the limit and I think she'll be in her comfort zone for longer today. This venue shouldn't be a problem and whilst it's a competitive race, it's not the best Group 3 you'd ever come across. Hopefully she proves good enough to see them off.
This is one of the most unique tests in racing and Son And Sannie has been on my radar for it for a while, although I didn't think he'd be sneaking in near the bottom of the weights off 80! He definitely has a questionable head carriage at times but there's no doubting that he's rapid quick and sitting in behind what could be a crazy gallop might be what he wants to thrive. He hinted at nearing peak form last time and his sole turf win came with a bit of cut underfoot. Hopefully 40/1 will be available with more firms in the morning.
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