I’m heading to the popular seaside town of Redcar for Wednesday’s NAP – a William Haggas-trained filly who looks to have been found a great opportunity to finally get off the mark.
What price would DOOM have opened if she wasn’t beaten at 1/25f in a two-runner race at Ripon a few weeks ago? 4/6? Shorter? I suspect the latter.
Maybe, after three seconds in a row, the three-year-old daughter of Dubawi has a bit of an attitude problem, but I’m inclined to say that’s a premature evaluation.
She can certainly be excused for a narrow defeat to subsequent Betfred Oaks winner Soul Sister in October last year – while Charlie Appleby’s Whispering Words, who beat the selection at Newmarket on her seasonal reappearance last month, is no mug.
Her latest effort is much harder to forgive. That being said, how many times have we witnessed such results? The fewer the runners, the trappier the contest – and the weirder the results. After all, the ‘back the outsider of three’ theory doesn’t exist for no reason. We also don’t know how good the Karl Burke debutant who beat her is just yet.
Unless any of the three newcomers set to contest this 7f maiden is above average, which doesn’t look the case on paper, then this is easily Doom’s easiest assignment to date and there can be no more excuses.
Of those with form in the book, Rising Bay is even less trustworthy than the selection. Likewise, Hills Of Gold is yet to win in seven starts and Forceful Spirit is 100/1 for a reason.
Jumeira Vision can’t be completely ruled out but he’d have to improve beyond recognition to take this – so I suppose that leaves Bustaam as the main danger, but even he’s uninspiring.
The bottom line? I’m expecting Cieren Fallon to get a tune out of Doom, for whom it’s a case of last chance saloon.