A field of eight go to post for the first race of the day at Yarmouth on Thursday, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: Only succumbing to an odds on rival with a heap of experience on debut, FYRE CAY created a good impression when a neck second and should be more than capable of making it second time lucky for Kevin Ryan. That run and his pedigree suggest he will be happier now back up, with Jamie Spencer retaining the ride which is an obvious plus. His main danger looks to be Dorcas, who could easily leave her debut form behind after showing some promise in the early stages after being well backed.
1 SITUATION – Makes his fifth start for Richard Guest, showing some promise on two of his starts, including yesterday where he was a decent enough fifth over the seven furlongs in a Catterick Nursery. That said, he needs more now back into a Novice sprint and he faces some lightly raced rivals who wouldn’t have to show much more than they did on debut to improve straight past him. Likely to miss out once again.
2 FYRE CAY – Son of Red Jazz who cost £12,000 and showed promise on debut for Kevin Ryan when only finding an odds on rival who had plenty of experience too good at Yarmouth fifteen days ago. He should have learned a lot from that and will appreciate this step up in trip under Jamie Spencer. This is a much weaker race and a repeat of that debut effort would be more than enough to see him easily dismiss this field.
3 MERKAVA – Son of Sayif who makes his debut for the in form Robyn Brisland yard, with a mix of speed and stamina in his pedigree. He has been a good opportunity on debut under in form three pound claimer George Wood and looks an each way candidate on debut with many of these so mediocre. The market, however, is likely to be your best guide as with any newcomer.
4 TAKE SHELTER – Sets the form standard on her first two runs for James Tate where she finished second on both occasions, but she’s been well beaten since and she now has a fair bit to prove. She looked very one paced when only fourth at Lingfield when last seen a weak novice auction stakes and it’s not hard to look elsewhere as she’s had plenty of chances already.
5 DORCAS – 4/1 joint favourite on debut for James Given, but she failed to live up to expectations when a well beaten fourth, awkward leaving the stalls and then far too keen early on. It is completely plausible that she will now leave that form well behind her as she’s bound to have learned a lot from that experience. Silvestre De Sousa takes over the ride and the step up in trip could suit, so she looks the biggest danger to the selection.
6 MOREMONEYMOREPARTY – Ran well for a reasonable way on debut for Richard Guest after being keen to early, but she eventually faded out of things to be a tailed off last. She will need to leave the bare form behind her, but that is entirely possible and this isn’t the most inspiring of races. The better ground should help her and she looks an each way contender under Adam Beschizza.
7 AGENT OF FORTUNE – Newcomer for Christine Dunnett who cost only 800gns as a yearling and her pedigree certainly isn’t the most inspiring. The yard are 0-18 with juveniles in the past five years and she’s best watched on debut.
8 MANDARIN PRINCESS – Daughter of Vale Of York who cost 2,000gns as a yearling and has speed in her pedigree and is aimed at a weak looking race. That said, the Philip McBride yard are 0-8 with two year olds this season and the market is likely to be your best guide as to expectations.