London -Bye Bye Hong Kong can continue Andrew Balding’s good start to the season on Monday in the Tori Global Supports The Samaritans Stakes at Windsor.
A numerically disappointing field has gathered for this Listed race – but it looks a good opportunity for Balding’s three-year-old to continue his progression.
While Oh This Is Us and Breton Rock set a good standard, Bye Bye Hong Kong beat some exalted rivals in a trial for the Kentucky Derby at Chelmsford last time out.
Aidan O’Brien’s USS Michigan and Mark Johnston’s Dark Vision are highly thought of, but Silvestre de Sousa was at his canny best by stealing a march on his rivals and proved not for catching.
The weight-for-age allowance means he is well treated in this contest and it looks a good bit of placing.
Heritage is the pick in the Weatherbys Racing Bank Fillies’ Handicap – despite the fact she has not actually won a race yet. Clive Cox’s charge hails from a classic Cheveley Park family and has hit the bar on each of her four outings to date, most recently finishing third on her seasonal bow at Salisbury last month.
That was her first handicap outing and a mark of 84 did not leave much to chance. Eased 0.5kg in the interim, she should could well be up to the task judged on some of her better juvenile form.
Illusionist made a fine start to his career when second at the start of the month and can put that experience to good use in the Weatherbys Racing Bank EBF Maiden Stakes.
Beaten 1.25 lengths by an odds-on favourite at Lingfield, there was much to like about the way Illusionist stuck to his task, particularly without the advantage of a rail to run along. It would not take too much improvement to see him strike gold here.
Cape Victory can make it third time lucky in the Follow At racingtv On Twitter Maiden Auction Stakes at Musselburgh.
James Tate’s runner has finished second on both of his starts so far, being beaten just under two lengths on his initial outing last December while he was only a short head away from victory on his return at Southwell.
He did not seem to overly enjoy the Fibresand surface that day but was incredibly game in defeat over 1400m.
Cape Victory steps up to 1800m now, but his pedigree suggests that should be within his compass.
Rodnee Tee is nearly unbeaten in two starts and can go in again in the Wolverhampton Holiday Inn Novice Auction Stakes at Dunstall Park.
A winner at Beverley on his debut, he was only narrowly denied next time out at Ripon. Beaten by a stablemate who has run well since, one of the newcomers will have to be above average to beat him.- Press Association
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