Gunner set to open up
RED GUNNER looks just the type with which William Haggas excels and he takes the eye in the 32Red. com Nursery Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Sent off favourite at Doncaster on his racecourse debut at the end of the turf season, he looked all at sea for the first three-quarters of the race.
When the penny did eventually drop he ran on nicely, without being asked too many serious questions, to be beaten a total of four lengths.
Not surprisingly he knew much more about the job three weeks later when sent to Wolverhampton for what looked, on paper at least, a weaker contest, yet this time he was not the market leader.
Stepped up a furlong in trip to seven, despite hanging to his left he was too good for his rivals, winning by three-quarters of a length.
Quite what the form is worth is hard to weigh up, the runner-up has been beaten again since so is no superstar, but Red Gunner is in the right hands, is bred to improve with experience and an opening mark of 79 could be workable.
Haggas could quite feasibly fire in a quick double as his Second Thought reappears after a lengthy absence in the #10 Free At 32Red.com Maiden Stakes.
Beaten just a length on his debut at Salisbury in May be Repton, Second Thought has obviously met with a problem to only be having his second run now.
For his part, the Richard Hannontrained winner went on to prove himself very able, running with credit in the Vintage and Solario Stakes.
A reproduction of his Salisbury run will surely be enough for Second Thought to oblige.
Petit Filous can provide Giles Bravery with a rare winner in the 32Red Casino Maiden Auction Stakes.
Sixth of 11 on debut at 100-1, he stepped up on that when third of 10 at Chelmsford.
Bravery has found a weak race and he should oblige.
More can be expected from John Gosden’s Bizzarria in the 32Red.com Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newcastle.
Gosden has a good strike-rate since the switch to all-weather at Gosforth Park and he looks to have found a nice opening for the daughter of Lemon Drop Kid.
Quite strongly fancied for her debut at Kempton, she never picked up the bit but she must have been showing enough at home.
A sister to Cannock Chase, she might want further in time but a mile will be fine for now.
Sirabad gave a really bold sight out in front at Newbury last time out and he may be that he faced a really good rival in Knockgraffon.
With that in mind he is worth backing to get back to winning ways in the Stella Artois Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase at Ascot.
Trained by Paul Nicholls, the six-yearold likes putting his rivals under pressure from the outset with his slick jumping.
At Newbury he had everything else in trouble from some way out but Dan Skelton’s winner’s cruised past him, looking a smart recruit.