It was very pleasing to see Stuart Stuckey’s Pacharana (pictured) followed up from her previous win in a ten furlong handicap at Yarmouth with another success over the same course and distance last Thursday. An 8lb rise for that win looks on the harsh side, but she always gives her best which is a massive help, so we are hopeful she can win again. We will probably stick to the same trip next time out if we can find a suitable race on a galloping track, and there is still the option of stepping up to a mile and a half in the future, which really should suit her based on her strength at the finish. The same owner’s Four On Eight also ran well to finish second in a ten furlong handicap at Sandown later that evening. He almost got to the front in the home straight but then became rather unbalanced as he changed legs which might have cost him the victory. Also, it could be that having had a bit of time off after his last race he just needed the run on a stiff track like Sandown. Hopefully we will see him come on for that run on his next start, which is likely to be over the same distance, although he could stay further in time. Our other runner since our last update was Fittocks Stud’s Pinstripe who ran one of his best races when third in a twelve furlong handicap at Kempton last Monday and he should be able to win a similar race.
Bedford House has four runners on Wednesday and we are hopeful of a winner or two. The Fittocks Stud owned, Total Star, looks to have every chance in the two year old maiden over seven and a half furlongs at Beverley. He ran well to finish second on his debut and the extra emphasis on stamina here should suit. We also send one runner to Salisbury, Helena Springfield Limited’s Very Dashing, who goes in the Listed EBF Stallions Upavon Fillies’ Stakes over a mile and a quarter, a race in which we have had a runner in every year since 2010 and also going close with the same owner’s Hippy Hippy Shake in 2013. Very Dashing will need to improve as she only won a maiden last time and is rated 86 by the BHA, but she is a filly that we have always liked and there should be more to come from her. We note Sharja Queen is Timeform top rated so she looks the one to beat. Dubara missed an engagement at Kempton last week after spiking a temperature but, thankfully, she is now over that and looks to have a sound chance of getting off the mark at the third time of asking in a seven furlong event, again at Kempton, under Andrea Atzeni. Atzeni also takes the ride on Mrs Angie Silver’s Cryptic who he has ridden before when they chased home the very well handicapped We Are Ninety at Chelmsford in April. We are hoping the switch back to the all-weather will help Cryptic bounce back to form after two low key efforts on turf.
Party Nights and Bess of Hardwick both run at Salisbury on Thursday, while two year old Presence Process makes his debut at Yarmouth. Bess of Hardwick had an excuse for her below par reappearance at Ascot and she certainly appears to be in good form at home. We could also have three runners on Friday, including the Dukes Of Devonshire and Roxburghe’s Myopic who has not raced since finishing second in a Leicester maiden on her debut last September. She had a very bad spring and was really affected by the cold weather, but she seems to have come to herself now and, hopefully, she can pick up where she left off in a fillies’ maiden at Newbury. The step up to a mile and a quarter will definitely suit her on breeding. Aston House Stud’s Cutty Sark is very much an unknown quantity as she has done all her racing so far in Italy, finishing no better than fourth in three maidens earlier this year. We are still learning with her but hopefully she will prove competitive off her opening mark of 68 in a ten furlong handicap at Newmarket.
We could have an interesting runner at Doncaster on Saturday as the Al Shaqab Racing’s Frankel filly, Aljezeera, is entered in the fillies’ maiden over a mile. There will naturally be plenty of eyes on her as she has looked a promising filly in her homework, but our youngsters are obviously never fully tuned up first time out, and whatever she does she will improve upon. She is a rather tall, leggy sort who should strengthen as the year progresses.