Not a great deal of time, so I will try to keep this brief. 2:15 Ascot - Four two-year-old races including the Class 2 Stakes at Ascot. Interesting to see how Lady Pauline goes after her scintillating win at Keeneland on debut in America. This looks an intriguing contest.
2:25 Pontefract -
Just two significantly-entered juveniles competing. Xcelente ran well on debut at Thirsk. The form of that race has been franked. A win penalty makes life a little harder but the type of horse to progress.
The only other horse with an entry is Barry Magoo, trained by Adam West. This bay colt was entered to run in the Brocklesby but made his debut at Newbury, which turned out to be a hot contest. I think, in ways, the stable half fancied this January foal to run a race. He showed bright speed but tired in the final furlong and slightly eased. He kept upsides a few without being pushed so there may be an element of ability. With Toby Eley taking 7lb off this horse's back, he could show pace.
Not the easiest horse to assess and it would take a leap of faith to win but there may be an opportunity to lay your stake in-running and have a free bet (then pray).
A couple of form horses will come here with a chance. Kidda was priced to go well on debut but a slow start messed up his chance. Should go much better here. Also, II Maestro wasn't best away and not given a hard time to run on with some promise. A compact if not small horse but attractive. Both were behind Excelente but they aren't without some hope of reversing the form when the said named has a penalty and these pair look to improve a good deal.
All in all, it looks a race with a few twists and turns and it will be helpful to assess the betting before getting stuck in. I will take a watching brief.
5:10 Brighton -
No significantly entered juveniles.
5:25 Bath -
Two significantly-entered juveniles. Out Of Breath has received a Class 2 entry. Looked to have no chance on debut but ran on well to take second place. Was sent off a favourite at Brighton but always on the back foot and a touch outpaced. Just never getting involved behind Paul Cole's winner. The second has disappointed since. Out Of Breath didn't look suited by the course and his legs were all over the place. I imagine Osborne was expecting better. This course is often ideal for speedy horses. I just wonder if Out Of Breath will be outpaced and may need a test of stamina or even better ground. A puzzler. I would have to watch and see what happens today.
Bartat holds an entry but didn't get do much on debut. Mick Channon's charge was blown away on her second start in a very hot race at Newmarket. Probably capable of better but needs something of a transformation.