Monday, 2 July 2012

Clippings for a Monday..


EW DOUBLE: Royal Rascal and Masai King.
Royal Rascal can confirm the big impression she made at York last time by following up at Pontefract on Monday.
Tim Easterby's juvenile filly goes for the Spindrifter Conditions Stakes after scooting up by five lengths on the Knavesmire just over two weeks ago.
She had shaped well on her debut over the minimum trip when third to Rhagori Aur at Thirsk in May, but was a much better proposition over six furlongs second time out.
York maidens are never easy, but Royal Rascal simply spreadeagled her field and could be another smart filly to come out of the Easterby stable.
I'm So Glad looked a filly very much on the upgrade when scoring in great fashion at Ripon and can complete a hat-trick in the British Stallion Studs EBF/Park Suite Fillies' Handicap.
A penalty for a Windsor success failed to stop her and even though she is now racing off a much higher mark of 90, Mick Cannon's rapidly-improving three-year-old could well be up to the task.
Rae Guest is a dab hand at training fillies and Minalisa can land the Wilfred Underwood And Philip Underwood Memorial Classified Stakes after making a winning debut at Warwick.
Hoyam must surely get off the mark in the Betfred Home of Big Winners Fillies' Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Windsor.
Michael Bell's filly ran just down the road recently at Royal Ascot and only found Ceiling Kitty a length too good in the Queen Mary Stakes.
That performance in a Group Two marks her down as a pretty smart and she should gain a confidence-boosting first success.
Viscount Vert can defy a 6lb penalty in the Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap after being triumphant in his first race for 10 months.
That came at Chepstow last Monday when the Andrew Balding-trained three-year-old defeated three rivals in good style. It was his first race wearing a hood and since he was gelded.
He could be ahead of the handicapper.
Masai King caught the eye on his debut when making up ground hand over fist to claim fourth place behind Flyman at York.
With that race under his belt, the Robin Bastiman-trained youngster can open his account in the 32Red/Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes at Ffos Las.
Henry Allingham was taken out of a race at Newcastle on Saturday because of the heavy ground, but trainer Roger Varian has found another opportunity in the Lonetree Ltd McDonalds Handicap.
The Three Valleys gelding made it third time lucky with a smooth success at Folkestone three weeks ago after chasing home Poole Harbour at Kempton, and that horse gave the form a timely boost with victory at Folkestone on Friday.
Henry Allingham does not seem too harshly treated for his handicap having been handed a rating of 77.
The usual fare is being served up at Wolverhampton where the Willie Musson-trained Footstepsofspring can register his second course and distance win of the season in Division Two of the Download Our iPhone App Handicap.

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