On a quiet Tuesday, I’m suggesting a relatively progressive filly for a nursery handicap at Leicester as the NAP of the Day.

NAP of the Day

  • 14:50 Leicester – Autumn Rose @ 5/2

Autumn is coming – and so is Tony Carroll’s AUTUMN ROSE. Coming to Leicester on Tuesday to break her duck, that is. Hopefully…

By Ten Sovereigns and out of a mare who produced the 100-rated Moonlight In Paris, the two-year-old, who began her career over in Ireland with Donnacha O’Brien, clearly hasn’t lived up to expectations so far.

After just one start, when she was beaten out of sight in what’s admittedly proven a red-hot fillies’ maiden, the selection was transferred to Carroll’s Worcestershire yard and put up a modest performance in a significantly weaker contest at Leicester on the second day of August.

However, that was still an improvement from her debut – and her latest outing, when second to the now 82-rated Politico and in front of some nice horses for Hugo Palmer and Andrew Balding at Chester, represented another step forward.

She seemed to relish the step up to 7f, which is a major positive given the favourite for this 0-65 nursery handicap isn’t a sure stayer.

The booking of the brilliant Tom Marquand is another box ticked, and ultimately this doesn’t look like a strong race. Mullins Beach and Line Sheet are to be respected, but Mad Punter, Red Chatan and Anonymous Guest would, to put it bluntly, be surprise winners in my book.

Off a potentially lenient opening mark of 64, I’m hopeful that Autumn Rose, who looks to have significantly more scope than her five rivals, can at least go very close to getting off the mark here.

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