Racing on Thursday in the UK and Ireland comes from Doncaster, Leopardstown, Limerick, Newbury, Sandown, Worcester and Yarmouth. The Schedule involves five Flat meetings and two National Hunt cards…
One of our fancies comes in the Group Two Romanised Minstrel Stakes at Leopardstown where a C&D winner can have further success at the Irish racecourse and enhance her reputation further as being a very smart filly.
KAMANIKA scored for the second time this season when she won a handicap contest at Leicester (1m2f) last month. She stayed on strongly in that race to get up just in time for a narrow margin success.
The form of the race at Leicester has been boosted as the second has won twice since then, with victories coming over this distance at Nottingham and Newmarket. Many of those further behind have also run well since.
Joseph Parr’s filly features as one of the Most Napped selections on the Betfred Betfinder this afternoon at Sandown. She will need to defy a further 2lb rise in the ratings, but that is unlikely to be enough to keep her out of the winner’s enclosure once again.
With two victories from his last four starts, NORTHERN SPIRIT has been in excellent form this season. He showcased his speed last time out over this 6f trip at Nottingham, scoring by just over four lengths with the first time cheekpieces on.
Brian Ellison’s runner will need to carry a 6lb penalty here if he is to add to his account in the second race on Yarmouth’s Racing League card, however, he is set to go up 7lb in the future, so he is 1lb well in at the weights.
Expect to see Ben Robinson hold up the son of Adaay for as long as possible. With this race likely to have a strong opening pace, it could play perfectly in his favour, as long as he gets a clear run through the pack.
ZARINSK scored over this C&D back in May in a Group Three contest where she relished the ‘Soft To Heavy’ ground. Although it may not quite be as slow ground this time, she should enjoy the conditions as she bids to successfully step up in grade.
Ger Lyons’ runner was too good for her rivals in the Group Three Brownstown Stakes on her latest appearance at Fairyhouse (7f). She made the running in that contest after a fast start out of the gates and she never saw another rival.
The daughter of Kodiac has an official rating of 108 but she has scope to improve further. She did not show enough earlier in the season to have a shot at one of the Classics, but she can take a big step towards the highest level with a victory here.