Thursday was another quiet day on the track but with more noteworthy performances amongst it all, making this section of our work slightly easier than it has been over recent days. Leicester, Wolverhampton and Musselburgh provided the flat action, supplemented by Tipperary in Ireland. Over the jumps there was a first start of the season for Shantou Village over the fences, with connections hoping for a big year.
3 10 ROSEBRIDE (R Fahey) 10/1, C4 2YO Fillies Nursery, 6F, Good
Rosebride was the winner of a solid nursery handicap that looks very strong on paper and should prove handy enough form in time. Despite running very keenly early on and Adam McNamara using all his patience and skill to eventually hold her up, she showed a lovely turn of speed up the near side to win over 3L. She is a small filly, but packs a punch, with a quick and low action that suggests quicker ground could see further improvement. She shaped as if an extra furlong isn’t unrealistic, but for now another nursery at 6F definitely looks the best route.
5 40 TANAZA (D Weld) 9/4, Group 3 Fillies & Mares, 7.5F, Soft
Only four went to post, but Creggs Pipe was sent off the huge 8/15 on faourite and was hoping to make it five wins on the bounce. In a somewhat muddled race with little up front pace, it was Tanaza’s move a furlong out under Pat Smullen that secured victory. The form looks solid enough and although connections may feel a Group 2 is a stretch just now, running in another Group 3 with a penalty, may also leave them feeling hard done by. Connections have tried a mile and also further, but the race today and the way she travelled through it suggests 7F is certainly the best trip moving forwards.