We start another week with four flat meetings and our resident tipster has his sights firmly set on a couple of fillies running at Leicester.
It’s flat racing all the way on Monday with five cards (including Naas in Ireland) for punters to get stuck into and the day’s best bets are in action at Leicester. Both are fillies who have shown shown considerable promise, hail from in-form yards and could offer some value as they are up against rivals from bigger stables.
First up is the James Tate-trained LIGHT AND SHADE, who faces seven others in the extended 1m1f handicap for three-year-olds (due off 3.20pm). It’s a competitive race on paper as all bar one of the runners brings winning form to the table, and in the case of the selection that came on the all-weather at Kempton over a mile last November. The form is nothing special, admittedly, but she won going away and then showed she can handle turf when finding only the useful Zamoura too good on her reappearance at Doncaster in April.
There should be plenty more to come from her band Tate clearly holds her in some regard, saying in a recent Stable Tour: “She’s a lovely big filly and a half-sister to the dual Group 3 winner Lady Gloria. We only got her out in November and she won in good style over a mile. She carried her head a little high, but I wouldn’t suggest for one minute she’s ungenuine. She works nicely at home, but you wouldn’t describe her as flashy. With a filly like this you never know just how good they are so her first run will tell us a bit more, but I am sure she has more to offer.”
The other filly worth an interest is Hughie Morrison’s LITTLE PRAIRIE when she runs in the 7f conditions stakes run later on the card (3.50pm). She faces just four rivals, but they include representatives from the yards of John Gosden and Charlie Appleby, Vibe Queen and Risen Sun respectively, with the latter making her seasonal debut, and the year older Charlie Hills’ Queen Catrine, who has shown good form at a higher level and gets a 4lb allowance by virtue of the fact she hasn’t won a conditions race. Paul Cole’s Lyfka brings up the quintet.
With the Hills yard now finding its feet after a slow start to the season, his representative is greatly respected, but the selection is the value bet at the respective odds. Unraced at two, she made an eye-catching debut when finishing runner-up in a hot Newbury maiden won by Yasmeen, who franked the form when finishing second in a Listed contest at York, before proving that was no fluke when taking a Lingfield maiden against runners from some big Newmarket yards, making all to win by three lengths. A big filly with the scope to go on improving, she seems perfectly suited to 7f at this stage of her career and I’d expect Jim Crowley, who was on board last time, to give her another positive ride from the front.