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Bronze Angel a golden punt at Brighton
Bronze Angel has once-raced Grandeur to beat in the opening Maiden Auction Stakes over seven furlongs at Brighton today, and vica versa. Experience may prove the key. Perhaps, Grandeur will improve considerably from his debut run, over a similar distance at Goodwood seventeen days ago but it was something of a fluke, judging by the SP of 25/1! Deep down, I’m always wary of surprises, especially when a time-handicap mark is useful. It often means the effort has taken its toll moreso, than most realise.
Conversely, a juvenile with plenty of experience becomes a solid commodity. Bronze Angel has raced four times and last time out was fourth, beaten only half a length in a ‘blood ‘n thunder’ nursery, also over seven at Goodwood. Bronze Angel has a few pounds in hand and will be ridden (again!) by Hayley Turner; just about every box is ticked and this should make for fascinating viewing.
All the best Hayley, you be an ‘Angel’ now! Economic Crisis at Musselburgh! Not an obvious selection for the eight-runner Maiden Auction Stakes (which will probably become seven!) but, significantly, despite three moderate efforts on the spin, Economic Crisis achieved her best TH mark over course and distance back in June. Trainer Alan Berry’s yard is in fine form and this Excellent Art filly will be ridden by 5lbs apprentice, Julie Burke! The diminutive Irish red-head is the equal of any apprentice around, ‘daily earner’ class in fact and whenever you fancy one ridden by Julie, get on, don’t think twice. A natural talent and so is fellow Irish jockey Liam Keniry, booked for Billy Buttons in the Maiden Stakes over 11 furlongs of Kempton polytrack. This also has the look of a ‘match’ because the TH indicates only Star Commander as a serious rival. We’ll probably get a decent price because Kieren Fallon rides Mark Tompkins’ charge.
With ‘KF’ challenging for the jockeys’ championship, punters will be punting every ride of Fallon, thus forgetting this is horse-racing. It’s definitely not just about jockeys, even though some are better than others and Kieren is still exceptional, at 46!
RACE 3 (#6) ECONOMIC CRISIS
RACE 5 (#1) BRONZE ANGEL (nsp e.w.)
RACE 28 (#4) BILLY BUTTONS (e.w.)
RACE 34 (#5) GASSIN GOLF
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