Wednesday U.K. horse racing overviews
The following horse racing tracks in the U.K.
will have events on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007, Ayr, Lingfield,
Kelso, and Portman Park.
We have an overview for the first races to
take place at those courses.
Racecourse (Scotland): First race starts at 2:20.
Overview of the 2:20 Ayr race: Fitzroy Crossing has shown
enough in two races to date to warrant the vote here, Russian
Reel and the two Pat Haslam runners Bourbon Highball and Duke Of
Tourain are three newcomers to note in the betting. Mark
Johnston's colt wasn't beaten far in either contest and he can
put the experience to good use this afternoon. Pat Haslam has
done well with his juveniles this season and Kevin Darley takes
the mount on Duke Of Tourain, suggesting this is the first
string. He is a well bred son of Linamix that fetched 36,000
guineas as a two-year-old. Lee Enstone rides stable companion
Bourbon Highball who was less expensive but is by a good sire
Catcher In The Rye. Kevin Ryan keeps churning out the winners
and so Russian Reel, a relatively expensive son of Reel Buddy,
cannot easily be discounted. The pick of the other experienced
runners should be Nine Stories, but Fitzroy Crossing appears to
have the stronger form and he gets the decision.
Lingfield Racecourse: First race starts
Overview of the 2:10 Lingfield race: An intriguing maiden
can go to twice-raced Eager Diva ahead of newcomers China Pink,
Baffled and Bastakiya. There are some potentially very smart
fillies on show here and the market will help guide. However
Eager Diva has shown some good form so far and now stepped up a
furlong in trip, she can only improve. Bred to get better with
time, we may not see the best of her until next year but she can
put her experience to good use today. Petit Parc is bred for
speed and could be overpriced for her new trainer who is yet to
have a winner, however the most interesting newcomer is arguably
Baffled. An expensive purchase, his good American pedigree
suggests he should be at home on this surface and his dam won
over this trip in her first season.
Kelso Racecourse: First race starts at
Overview of the 2:30 Kelso race: The Crook is taken to
get the better of Abstract Folly and Diamonds And Dust in a
competitive opener to the card. The selection caught the eye
with a solid effort at Wetherby last time out and with his yard
in form he looks like he could be ready to hit the winning
trail. Abstract Folly was a little disappointing at Sedgefield
last time out but this race is less competitive and he had
previously gone close over this course and distance when chasing
home Gringo. Diamonds and Dust finished 14l behind Abstract
Folly that day and although that was only his second start over
hurdles, he will neeed to improve significantly to get
competitive today. Schinken Otto reverts to hurdles after a
spell over the bigger obstacles and he could go well at a price,
but The Crook ran well enough last time to suggest that his turn
would not be far away and he is taken to get his head in front.