Monday 23 April 2018

Monday's Update: Pontefract

2:10 Pontefract - 5f 3y on good to soft going.

A sizable field with eleven two-year-olds: two with racecourse experience. Both given significant entries with Carey Street running in the Brocklesby Conditions Stakes, while Bengali Spirit was earmarked for that race but started his campaign at Musselburgh. 

Carey Street is trained by John Quinn who does well with his juveniles often going well at this Yorkshire course. This British-bred gelding is a son of Bungle Inthejungle cost 13,000 euros at the yearling sales. He wasn't overly fancied on debut at Doncaster, finishing fifth of thirteen. The form of the Brocklesby has been franked a few times which gives greater hope. I can imagine Carey Street making the most of that experience, fitter and wiser for that debut. This stiffer course may be of help too. At first thoughts, the tissue price of 7/2 doesn't look to offer too much value although with so many debutantes it may depend on who is in the field. 

The other horse, Begali Spirit, one of three entrants for Richard Fahey, while just Wasntexpectingthat ran in the Brocklesby who finished a creditable third then beaten runner-up at Thirsk on Saturday to a sparkling winner called Vintage Krug. Bengali Spirit is a British-bred son of Garswood who cost just 10,000G at the yearling sales. He started his campaign at Musselburgh in a three-horse race. It is difficult to assess that contest although the winner won well and must have a level of ability, while Mark Johnston's I Am A Dreamer - who was the only horse for the trainer to receive a Brocklesby entry - started 1/1f. He finished third just under a length behind Begali Spirit. I Am A Dreamer ran creditable when beaten into fourth place at Newmarket. It was a fair effort but shows a little bit of limitation although gives some merit to Bengali Spirit here.

Conclusion: These two horses are drawn close to each other and may play follow my leader. Carey Street didn't show the best form on debut but open to improvement while Bengali Spirit ran well enough and should progress too. I would have to take a watching brief.