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Price should be right on ‘Nightingale’

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sherzy Boy has an opportunity of making it fourth time lucky in a ten-runner Novice Stakes over a mile of ‘good to soft’ Brighton this afternoon, I’m always happy to be with a Richard Hannon-trained juvenile, especially at this time of year.

A genuine, though limited, Champs Elysees colt, Sherzy Boy achieved his best time-handicap mark to date over a similar distance on the Rowley Mile twelve days ago, despite being fourth to Ghaiyyath, beaten EIGHT LENGTHS!

Godophin-owned Ghaiyyath is sheer class, by sire of the moment Dubawi, whose progeny were making millions during the crazy BOOK ONE Newmarket yearling sales last week; I’ll be surprised if this particular colt, trained by Charles Appleby, doesn’t win at group one level!

James Doyle couldn’t hold him at HQ, finally giving heavily-backed Ghaiyyath his head three out and they went five lengths clear; the time-figure was tremendous and we’re determined to follow the form through.

Sherzy Boy put in a determined, improved effort, being denied third right on the line and so this represents a considerable drop in grade.

There are also turf-flat fixtures scheduled for Catterick and Leicester but my main focus, as ever, will be on Newcastle tapeta tonight when thrice-raced, Richard Fahey-trained, Vera Drake, can put experience to use against well-regarded Consolida in a Novice Auction Stakes over the straight mile.

Not a ‘match’ by any means, a couple of others will probably improve to take issue but, significantly, Vera Drake achieved a ‘career-best’ when a beaten-favourite at Beverley last month and is just preferred to Luca Cumani’s once-raced charge, mount of Jamie Spencer?

Jamie also rides stable-companion Muhabba in the opening ‘aged’ Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs but apprentice-ridden Nurse Nightingale has her burden offset by the 7lbs claim of promising Tristan Price; enough to tilt the balance over such a long distance.