BY: Paul Harrison
We have an interesting looking maiden to open the card up at Newcastle on Saturday evening. The Get Horse Racing Odds At Bookies.com EBF Maiden Stakes at 6.10 is a 6f event open to colts and fillies. Six of this 11 strong field will be making their race course debut here. The most promising of these appear to be Richard Fahey’s L’Apogee and Red Artist from the yard of former Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford. Red Artist in particular catches the eye as Crisford has strong connections from his Godolphin days and has a 50% strike rate with two year old debutants in his fledgling career. We like racecourse experience in these sprint events, as by the time the debutants realise what is required the race can be as good as over. Of those with experience the two to look out for are Company Asset and Dawaa. Company Asset showed plenty of encouragement on her debut before encountering repeated trouble in running last time out. However narrow preference is for Mark Johnston’s Dawaa. Johnston is in positively flying form at the minute with a 38% strike rate so far in June and he looks to have a likely candidate to add to the win tally here. Dawaa ran green as grass on her debut over five furlongs at Thirsk before making good late progress. Her pedigree suggests she may be best at up to a mile in time so this furlong step up in trip at Newcastle’s stiff track can only be viewed as a positive. Take Dawaa to get your Saturday night off to a flyer.
Sakhee’sJem could prove popular in the Heart FM 97.5 FM Maiden Auction Stakes (Lingfield 6.00). Gay Kelleway’s filly ran wasn’t disgraced at Listed Level last time out and takes a significant drop in Class here. She came up short in her last attempt at this level however and there is a more likely winner for our money. Roberto Lopez is the most interesting of the newcomers, and could go close if fully wound up for his debut. Trainer Roger Teal hasn’t had a two year old winner since November though which is slightly off putting although his yard seems to be in good shape at present. He is passed over, as is Secret Tale who has shown promise in two runs to date, most recently when runner up at Goodwood.
The one to be on is Ground Control. Richard Hannon does pretty well in two year old maidens overall and particularly well with those horses having their second or third attempt in such contests. As such Ground Control is worth a second look in what doesn’t look the strongest of races overall. Admittedly this one hasn’t exactly pulled up any trees with his performances to date but he has had his excuses. Firstly he missed the break at Salisbury over this trip and then ran much too free over 6f at Windsor. He has shown more than a glimmer of ability in each of those two runs. If he breaks and settles here he must go very close.