Island Jungle ran just about OK at Wolverhampton yesterday evening, being plenty keen enough for six or so furlongs and as a consequence ending up a fair way off the pace down the back; you could be left with the impression that it was something of am unsatisfactory race with the winner getting right away on the turn in.
A busy afternoon in prospect in South West Wales with Bird to Love, Born to Please and Black Truffle all taking advantage of the easy Welsh ground; and Threediamondrings goes to Lingfield.
Bird to Love improved for a combination of a little experience, the string running into form and running in handicap company to run well at Windsor at the end of last month; the filly was free enough at Windsor and she drops back in trip from eleven and a half furlongs to ten this afternoon; she has almost certainly got some more improvement in her (having run just the four times even though she is now five) and she has what should be a competitive chance getting weight from the three year olds above her in the Handicap.
An hour and a half later Born to Please runs in the 12 furlong Handicap; bar the one below par performance at Windsor in the middle of May (when the string as an entity were bang out of form) she has not run since running over hurdles at Huntingdon in the middle of March; on her best form she is sufficiently well handicapped to be competitive but it is not all that easy to predict how she will run.
Black Truffle completes our runners in the Second Division of the Mile Handicap under Ellie; this will be his 108th racecourse start and it would be true to say that he is nearer the end of his career on the track than at the beginning; he is six pounds out of the Handicap although Ellie's claim will mitigate at least some of that; and he also has to be effective in the eighth furlong, something that he has only rarely been asked to achieve. He is an absolute legend at Rowdown, as he was at Saxon House, and he has helped a lot of riders early in their careers.
Threediamondrings remains something of an enigma; his last three runs have all been marred by his inability to start his races on terms; if he can only get away he has an excellent chance at the weights, having won off 58 at Lingfield in November 2016 and been competitive off 63 and 65 after this; and he runs off 46 this afternoon. But he does need to leave the stalls more or less on terms.
Misu Pete goes to Salisbury tomorrow afternoon for the Second Division of the seven furlong Handicap.