Selections:1.00 Ffos Las - Top Exhibit 2.00 Ffos Las - Ring Of Breara 3.05 Ffos Las - Spirit Level 3.40 Ffos Las - Duckett's Grove
1.00 Ffos Las - Top Exhibit
The majority of the runners in this 6f nursery have an exposed look, whereas Archie Watson's colt has the scope to improve on what he's shown in three starts so far now handicapping for the first time.
That's not to say he hasn't shown us anything and certainly there was a lot to like about his length second in a Yarmouth maiden two starts back, with the third that day, Romantic Time, boosting the form in no uncertain style by winning twice subsequently.
He's now rated 85, so the selection looks well treated indeed on a mark of 73, and today's extra furlong is another positive given his breeding - his dam was a useful mile winner.
He does have to be forgiven a mediocre effort at Beverley last time out but that came on rain softened ground, and conditions should be more to his liking this afternoon.
Furthermore, his trainer has been in good form of late with three winners - all at good prices - in the last week, and is enjoying another fine season with 64 winners on the board.
2.00 Ffos Las - Ring Of Breara
The maiden over an extended 7f features a couple of classy sorts in Farhh North and Ring Of Breara, with the latter looking the one to be on.
Richard Hughes' colt was surprisingly strong in the market for a maiden at the Goodwood Festival given that he was making his racecourse debut, but the money was justified to some extent as he only found Imperial Fighter too good at the finish, with the others well beaten off.
The winner has since finished second in a Group 3 at York, while the third Capital Theory ran fourth of 16 in a hot maiden at the same meeting, so the form looks very solid indeed.
A 200,000gns yearling who still holds an entry in next month's Group 2 Champagne Stakes, it'll be disappointing if he can't go one better this afternoon, especially with the better ground likely to suit.
3.05 Ffos Las - Spirit Level
Andrew Balding can't have many lower rated horses in his yard but the son of Cable Bay is not without ability, and he can surely win a small handicap like today's off his current lowly mark of 53.
After showing some promise at two, he was gelded back in February and has ran as if that operation has had the desired effect in two starts since, including when finishing a neck second on the all-weather at Lingfield 19 days ago.
The form of that contest is nothing to get too excited about but it's still better than what most of today's rivals can muster, and the third Pop Favourite has franked it since by going two better on his next start.
With his yard continuing to churn out plenty of winners and David Probert - leading jockey here in 2021 with an 8-14 record - taking over from an apprentice, it'll be a surprise if he can't go close to breaking his duck.
3.40 Ffos Las - Duckett's Grove
The final pick needs a little more explaining as he's shown practically nothing on his six starts this season for Ed Walker and it's been over two years since he was in the winners' circle.
However, he has become well handicapped as a result of that slide and, having been running in much better races than today's modest class 5 handicap, it wouldn't surprise to see him turn things around for his patient connections.
Certainly the form he showed during his previous stint with Walker and before being shipped off to Hong Kong merits some serious respect, with his easy victory in a class 3 handicap at Ascot the highlight.
That was achieved off a mark of 92 so it doesn't take a genius to work out he's well treated here off 75, if retaining any of his previous ability.
At the odds and with a pair of first time blinkers to help him, we'll take that chance in the hope he can improve his stable's 5-29 (2-6 in 2021) record at this track further.
Richard Kingscote, who has a healthy 19% strike rate on the stable runners, will do the steering.