With a lovely clear day up at York the scene was set for the Goffs Premier Yearling Stakes. Just the one participant for Richard Hannon in the shape of STORMY CLOUDS, who was coming off the back of two solid efforts, including a second in the Super Sprint at Newbury. She has been a filly who had a mid-season flop, however she looked like she was back to her best.
She jumped well from the gates and travelled nicely on the bridle. She was going best at the two furlong marker and was the last one off the bridle. Coming down to the final furlong, Sean Levey asked her to pick up and she duly delivered taking the race by a length and three quarters. ‘She is a lovely filly who appears to have really appreciated the step up to six furlongs. The blinkers have had the desired effect on her last few runs and she looks a filly who is capable of winning a Listed or a Group 3 race. I have the Firth of Clyde as a possible next target.’
Today’s racing comes from Salisbury and Sandown. There are nice chances all day at Sandown with the last start winner FABRIC starting off affairs. ‘She only just won there last time, but looks a filly who has got the hang of things. The draw is not there to help us but with Hollie claiming a valuable seven pounds, I hope that would give her a nice chance.’ WHIP NAE NAE improved a lot off his debut last time finishing second over a mile. ‘He is a lovely big son of Dragon Pulse and is slowly getting to grips with things. He will be better next year but I think he should be winning this year and this looks a nice opportunity for him.’ GEORGE WILLIAM and MADRINHO take their chance in the mile handicap and look to both have a chance, with the former having been very consistent all year and the later coming down in the weights to hopefully a more competitive mark.
Salisbury this evening sees the game MR SCARAMANGA take his chance in the Stongehenge Stakes. ‘He ran another nice race last week at Newbury coming off the back of his Superlative run as well. He is very consistent and in what looks a weaker race he should be our best chance of the day.’