LIGHTNING STRIDE (2.20pm Ffos Las) Was one of our earliest juveniles into action and looked a shade unlucky not to add to his maiden win at Leicester when beaten a nose on handicap debut at Lingfield on his latest start.Is back in action after a short break and should again be hard to beat.
ZORA SEAS (2.55pm Ffos Las) Has been placed on both her outings so far and makes her second trip across the Severn Bridge after finishing a half length second here ten days ago. Open to further improvement looks to have found a good opportunity to make it third time lucky.
SCUTUM (2.45pm Newmarket) Has seen action in two nurseries over seven furlongs since winning his maiden at Epsom last month and has given the impression he would be suited by this step up to a mile.Did meet with some interference in running at Newbury last time and is now running from a 3lb lower mark.
ALKHAYYAM(3.20pm Newmarket) Missed his intended debut at Newbury last weekend after heavy rain.A full brother to our Prix Morny winner Arcano, he will be trying to emulate his illustrious sibling by winning on his first racecourse appearance.Is sure to come on a good deal for the outing, but he works to a high standard and he is expected to run well.
WINDFAST (3.05pm York) Very talented performer and will be seeking to build on creditable placed efforts in competitive pattern events on his last three starts.Should appreciate the return to seven furlongs after tackling a mile for the first time at Goodwood on his latest start and looks sure to run his usual sound race.
ABLE SPIRIT (4.20pm York) Son of Invincible Spirit and did well to finish fourth in what looked a good maiden on his first racecourse appearance at Sandown 23 days ago after running green in the closing stages.Form of the race looks solid – the third won a well contested maiden at Newbury last weekend – and he has pleased us in his work since.
SULAALAAT (2.30pm York) Has always been highly regarded and followed a close second on her debut with a very easy win at Nottingham three weeks ago.This is a big step up from a maiden, but she has shown both with the manner of that success and in her homework that she is a very talented filly with a very good turn of foot and she deserves to try her luck at this level.
GROWL (2.30pm York) Was expected to run a big race on his debut in what looked a very good maiden at Ascot and he duly delivered, producing a smart turn of foot to put the race to bed with something in hand. Takes a step up in class here, but we have been very pleased with him since that success, and we anticipate another high level performance.
NUMBER ONE LONDON (4.20pm York) Showed that stamina was his forte when recording his first win over this trip at Goodwood, and looks nicely weighted on the best of his form in this competitive handicap.
FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (2.20pm Lingfield) Ran his best race so far when fifth in a maiden on the turf course here 18 days ago and should continue to progress on what will be a debut on the all weather, and his first appearance in blinkers.
NEWTON’S LAW (6.00pm Windsor) Continued his string of placed efforts when second over this course and distance a week ago and can enjoy the prospect of faster ground and the champion jockey aboard in his attempt to end the run here.Gets a healthy pull at the weights with the winner on this return to a handicap, and the fitting of a hood to accompany his tongue tie should also also aid his cause.
PIVOT POINT (2.00pm Chester) Deserves to get his head in front after creditable half length seconds on his last two outings in decent maidens at Doncaster. His experience will stand him in good stead around this much sharper course, and he should have a strong chance.
MONTALCINO (3.05pm Doncaster) Could never get in a blow at the leaders after a slow start on her only outing so far at Newbury.Has come on for the outing, and improved display expected on this step up to a mile.
© 2011 Brian Meehan at Manton