Wednesday 3 August 2016

5:55 Wolverhampton (4th Aug) G.M. TREBLE LTD MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (2yo)

A Maiden Stakes over 5f 261y on standard going.

Nine two-year-olds take part in what looks a hot race. The three leading fancies, as far as the betting goes, all hold fair claims but there is often value lurking around and we may have a chance of one juvenile going well at big odds. 

Jeremy Gask isn't the most fashionable of trainers and he has a small string of two-year-olds but this Stockbridge handler knows his horses very well and if up to winning are placed to make their mark. Dashing Poet is a daughter of Poet's Voice out of a dual-winning mare who was trained by the late Michael Jarvis. This bay filly cost 45,000G at the yearling sales but withdrawn from the breeze-up sales when presented in April. Whether she was purchased then I am not sure [likely] and runs in the silks of The Dashing Poets. 

I am confident connections fancy this filly has some ability and that was shown to some extent by heading to Sandown on debut. That isn't the easiest of courses to make your racecourse bow, especially against a few proven form horses. Priced at 33/1, bookmakers didn't rate her chance but I feel connections actually held some hope of hitting the frame. A slow start didn't help but this fiar-looking filly wasn't disgraced. The form of that race is solid. This step up to 6f is guaranteed to suit and from stall five this March foal should be able to hold her position. 

It will take a big performance to wrestle a place against this opposition but you can never be scared to take on favourites with a big priced chance. At odds of 22/1 [much bigger, I suspect, on the exchanges] this juvenile could hold each-way claims.