They say be careful with fast women and slow horses, well we’re certainly more familiar with one of those than we’d like, but today’s Nottingham card offers the chance to blend those risks in the fillies’ sprint handicap (1705 BST).
Now this race encapsulates the typical autumn question – a progressive lightly raced youngster, or a well-weighted been-there-done-that veteran.
The 3yo is Eric Alston’s Maid In India from a family the trainer knows well. This fully won both her first two races before a very creditable runner up effort here in August.
The first, third and fourth home that day have won since, and a 6lb raise in the weights looks very fair for a filly that must have more to give. A draw in stall 2 could prove tricky if they congregate to the stands rail but she must go well.
The big danger is the 6yo grey, Syrian Pearl. She was second in this event two years ago, and won it last year, showing a liking for conditions.
After a quiet year she has dropped back to a winning rating and showed that when only trouble in running prevented her from landing a win last time at Newmarket.
Seemingly well drawn in 12, she has everything in her favour again today.
Two huge contenders, and it’s only the odds and the draw that swing us to Syrian Pearl – the reverse forecast is tempting.
Recommendation: Syrian Pearl, (1705 Nottingham), 1pt win, 5/1 generally available
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