The Yard were quietly pleased with Born to Please at Newbury yesterday; although still keen enough off the steady early pace she settled a bit better than on her first start at Lingfield, jumped well apart from clobbering the third last & was not knocked around when the first five quality performers powered on up the straight. She ran to a respectable level of around 76 or 77 and the relevance of this is that it is a similar to that that Shufoog achieved this time last year and like her our Mare could well have a decent future in Novice Handicap Hurdles on easy ground & in the right grade; we need one more run to achieve a mark.
Dreamboat Annie runs on Southwell's fibresand for the first time later this afternoon; she has a clear form chance particularly so if you allow some of Ellie Mackenzie's Claim. The issue will be how she handles the fibresand, specially given that she is at her best on a robust turf service; the truth is that it is hard to know whether or not she will act on the surface and equally hard to know how she might face the kickback, particularly on the bend that arrives quite quickly after the start. But our filly has been in excellent & consistent form over the Summer and Autumn, was probably unlucky to run into a particularly well handicapped person at Chelmsford in the first week of November, witness this video, and should be involved if she acts on the sand.
A happy event at Wolverhampton tomorrow evening in that the twelve furlong Handicap nicely divided and Bird for Life and Marshall Aid both run in different divisions; as does Cala Sveva who looks to achieve a mark in the seven furlong Fillies Novice on the same card.