There was plenty of competitive action to be found out and about, with some impressive winners throughout the cards. Beverley and Salisbury both drew in large crowds with their afternoon meets, before Bath and Kempton closed Wednesday with some evening action.
3 50 CHAIN OF DAISIES (H Candy) 11/2, C1 Listed (Fillies), 1M2F, Good to Firm (Good in Places)
Henry Candy’s progressive filly made all in a brave front running ride from Fergus Sweeney and won in a course record time. This in itself shows that it wasn’t simply a case of stealing the race from the front, but that it was an impressive performance. Candy’s yard is clearly over their early season troubles that caused so many problems. She never looked in danger of losing, despite the last ditch surge from Sagaciously. If anything she was stretching away in the last couple of furlongs. It was perhaps not the strongest Listed heat, but she did it nicely nonetheless and if she gets her run of the race she could certainly be a threat at Group level. Candy was very confident she could still come on this summer, but the well known yard issues have slowed what could have been a really progressive campaign.
2 30 TOTAL STAR (L Cumani) 4/9, C5 2YO Maiden, 7.5F, Good to Firm
Connections would have been disappointed had Total Star not won, but the 5L victory was very assertive. Luca Cumani’s horses have hit a rich vein of form quite suddenly, even amongst his juveniles. It was a tidy run from Total Star; tracking the leading pair before being produced and breezing clear when asked the question. The debut run a few weeks back showed plenty of promise and more than built on this at Beverley, around a tricky track. He has a Group 2 entry for September and a run in a Nursery beforehand seems good preparation for this.