No luck yesterday for Lewis Jones but he’s sounding a bit more confident today regarding the selection, who looks a good thing at Newbury…
Sometimes it takes a while for trainers and jockeys to know how to best ride a horse in order for it to show its best. This certainly has been the case with the talented but quirky Perfect Muse from the Clive Cox stable.
Her record on paper is tarnished with danger in terms of her win chances as a favourite but despite finishing second four races on the spin, there is certainly a progressive horse there and last time out jockey Adam Kirby seemed to have found the correct tactic to utilise her ability. Any thoughts of her being ungenuine are far from the mark.
The filly has a strong cruising speed and a potent turn of foot for this level but Kirby had been sending her on far too early in the day in her previous three runs but nearly got it spot on last time out at Lingfield.
She was held up at the back of the field in that race and was ridden like a filly with the best turn of foot in the race.
Unfortunately, for those that took the 2/1 on her chances, she found trouble, as hold up horses tend to do, and she couldn’t quite get out in time to reel in the leader. Cox’s filly ran all the way to the line however, and would have won for sure if not finding trouble.
Ever since she hit a racecourse it’s been clear that Cox thinks she should rate better than the current grade she finds herself in, having been well punted into favouritism in three of her last four starts.
Things haven’t dropped right for her in those races but off a mark of 67 shouldn’t inconvenience punters from following her chances today in the Lee San Marine Sanitation Handicap at Newbury (9:15).
The handicapper has put her up another 3lb for that near miss and she is now 6lb higher than when first running in a handicap and there isn’t much depth in this race today, where most of her rivals look pretty exposed, even at this low level.
Kirby, who should ride her the same way as her last outing, is in the plate and the draw in nine should be fine. Get on with two point win stakes at 11/4. The money will come before the off.
Profit and Loss Record P/L: +91.67
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