Hayley and the ‘Hare’ will want some catching in the ‘aged’ handicap over six furlongs of ‘good to firm’ Leicester today; it’s nigh on six weeks since Charles Hills’ charge failed to justify favouritism in a similar race over the minimum distance at Bath under Neil Callan, beaten three lengths. Prior to that Hayley Turner partnered blinkered West Leake Hare at Doncaster where, significantly, this Choisir colt achieved his best time-handicap mark as a three-year-old, just caught in the closing stages having looked certain to prevail 300 yards out.
From the best draw, right by the stands rail(s) West Leake Hare should be right on the pace and with Charles now much happier with his string, which has been under a cloud, an each-way bet is recommended with four places on offer. This ‘cavalry charge’ concludes a seven-race programme which begins with a six-runner nursery, over six, and features an attempt by Richard Fahey-trained Jamesbo’s Girl to complete a four-timer having started off in claiming grade.
Jamesbo’s Girl then won a seller and a claimer by seven lengths for Dandy Nicholls’ yard at Thirsk and Catterick where Fahey stepped in and acquired a subsequent Glorious Goodwood nursery winner! I’ll bet that hit Dandy hard, not to mention the owners, because this ‘Girl’ is now a valuable breeding prospect, tough, genuine and consistent. What more can anyone want from a thoroughbred? No ‘cert’ by any means, recent scorer Effie B and Bottle Blonde, winner of her only race, are bound to collar plenty of support but could they win a two-year-old handicap, at Goodwood? Probably not but Vestibule might!
Vestibule is absolutely ‘thrown in’ on the TH and will be mega-priced on account of being tailed off at Ffos Las last week on very soft ground; before then this consistent, hitherto luckless Kheleyf filly went close a few times, being placed on four occasions. Reccomendation is Jamesbo’s Girl to win and a saver on Vestibule, just in case! Sandwiched between are two divisions of the Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs; first leg looks too difficult but the other is surely well within capabilities of Jamie Spencer-ridden Dark Emerald, selected on the strength of his Ascot run last time out! Goodwood goes one better, eight races, half of ‘em for juveniles! King Dragon is napped (again!) in the listed Stardom Stakes over seven furlongs which should suit ideally because six at Ripon was just too sharp last month; the price will be right!
RACE 3 (#2) Jamesbo’s Girl
RACE 34 (#6) Nathaniel