Mys­tique can work magic

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

AM­BER MYS­TIQUE landed a first ca­reer suc­cess at Ling­field last week and she can make it a swift dou­ble at Wolver­hamp­ton.

The four-year-old failed to get her head in front in three starts for Richard Fa­hey last year, but switched to the care of Kristin Stubbs, Am­ber Mys­tique soon grabbed the spot­light for her new han­dler.

Tried in a New­cas­tle maiden last month, Am­ber Mys­tique had to set­tle for sec­ond on her de­but for the yard, beaten just un­der two lengths in what was her first start since Septem­ber 2015.

That out­ing ob­vi­ously had the de­sired ef­fect as she was much sharper in Sur­rey just over a week ago, show­ing a good at­ti­tude to run out a three-quar­ter-length win­ner of what ap­peared to be a de­cent maiden event.

Am­ber Mys­tique must shoul­der a 6lb penalty for that suc­cess, but given her pro­gres­sive pro­file and the fact she re­mains only lightly raced, the Sakhee filly could have plenty more to give ahead of the EBF Fil­lies’ Hand­i­cap.

Vogueatti is an­other that opened her ac­count in the dy­ing days of 2016 who can fol­low up on her hand­i­cap bow in the 32Red Casino Fil­lies’ Hand­i­cap.

The four-year-old did not ac­tu­ally make her racecourse bow un­til last Novem­ber, when she ran a race full of prom­ise to fin­ish third over 10 fur­longs at Chelms­ford.

Re­turned to the same course and dis­tance three days be­fore Christ­mas, Vogueatti made no mis­takes as she saw off Sea Dweller by half a length despite run­ning in snatches a lit­tle bit.

She did not travel any­where near as well as the sec­ond that day but still proved too sharp at the fin­ish, which cer­tainly bodes well for the fu­ture.

Vogueatti is clearly not one of trainer Marco Botti’s sta­ble stars but she can make her mark here off a rat­ing of 75.

The Blues Master is cur­rently still en­tered in the Derby but while his Ep­som en­try looks well be­yond him, the Win­ners Wel­come At Match­book Ex­change Me­dian Auc­tion Maiden Stakes should be within his com­pass.

Mark John­ston’s charge failed to cut much ice in three turf out­ings last sum­mer and has shown only lim­ited abil­ity in sub­se­quent all-weather starts.

His re­cent sec­ond at Ling­field would rep­re­sent only fair form, but he might have to be any­thing spe­cial to win here.

Bi­gironon­hi­ship can build on a promis­ing start over fences in Wetherby’s Rac­ing UK Prof­its Re­turned To Rac­ing Chase.

A point to point win­ner in May 2015, Rose David­son’s charge got off to a fly­ing start un­der Rules when win­ning on his hur­dle bow at Ayr a year ago but could not quite fol­low up when shoul­der­ing a penalty on his next start.

He then signed off with a lack­lus­tre third at New­cas­tle last Fe­bru­ary, with the win­ner on both of those starts, Tom­ngerry, go­ing on to tackle a Grade One con­test at Ain­tree.

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