This is an interesting maiden over an extended mile, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: There are a few interesting sorts in this and FORTUITIES gets the vote for the Jedd O’Keeffe stable to come out on top. She deserves maximum respect for her defeat to The Sky Is Blazing who is currently a live Oaks contender and she should have more to come now switched to the turf. High Shaw is of interest at a bigger price but he may just need this for a stable that has been slightly out of form of late.
1 HIGH SHAW – £16,000 purchase as a yearling and he’s got an interesting pedigree, by Paco Boy out of a dam that won on her 3yo debut. He should be relatively forward for a yard that has an average 9% strike rate at Beverley although they are without a winner from their last 9 runners and he’s the only runner in this without racecourse experience. The market should guide best here.
2 LEGATO – 40,000GNS yearling who showed a modest amount of improvement for his second career start at Nottingham earlier this month. He had no chance with a runaway winner and he’s likely to come on a lot for that now kept over the same distance and dropped into weaker company. The yard have only sent 25 runners here but they’ve had 5 winners (19% strike rate) and he’s one of the more likely winners of this. Respected.
3 PRANCING OSCAR – Has shown some modest form to date in two maidens and a novice stakes event. He is stepped back up in trip today to a mile which looks sensible and the handicapper has rated him 67 so he sets a modest standard here. Cam Hardie partners him for the third time and the yard have had one winner from 9 runners here at Beverley. First time cheekpieces should bring out more improvement and he’s a threat here.
4 THOMAS CROWN – Once-raced gelding who was beaten out of sight on debut at Salisbury. He finished last of eleven, beaten 31 lengths and it’s hard to expect enough improvement following a winter break to put him in with a chance here. He’s switched yards and a mile looks the right trip for him but he’s got more questions to answer than his rivals and it’s tricky to know what to expect from him off this layoff. The market should guide best.
5 ALNASL – 17,000GNS who couldn’t get involved in a much tougher maiden than this at Newmarket last summer. She’s since transferred to the Archie Watson yard and this stable does well with already raced horses and she’s likely to improve from her initial debut. Her dam’s sire is Dalakhani so the step up in trip looks ideal and a hood is applied for the first time today. This is the yards first runner at Beverley and she’s likely to be popular in the betting.
6 FORTUITIES – Finished 6 1/2 lengths behind the well-regarded The Sky Is Blazing on her second career start and there should be lots more to come following that effort. She looked to improve for the step up in trip and she can make further progression here now back on the turf over a mile on Good to Firm ground. The yard have a 16% strike rate at Beverley and she’s likely to be right up there in the finish.
7 GLORVINA – Has run to a consistent level in three starts to date and she should come on for her seasonal reappearance at Redcar last month. She should be suited by this faster ground although it’s interesting that connections decided to keep her in maiden company instead of heading into handicaps. Daniel Tudhope takes over in the saddle for the first time and there has been money about for her in the past.
8 RINARIA – Second to a potentially useful sort on debut last month, finishing second of eleven, beaten just half a length. That may have come as a surprise to connections having been sent off 33/1 but there was no fluke about the run and with normal progression to follow, she has an excellent chance of going one better today. Jordan Vaughan claims 3lbs again and she could be well-treated with her fillies allowance. Interesting for a yard with a 21% strike rate here.