The flat is back and with it, another season of jockeys and horses looking to break out as stars of the sport. For Laura Pearson, this flat season is about building on the foundations of a remarkable All-Weather campaign.
Pearson emerged as a rising star after a superb three months saw her ride 22 winners from a total of 110 rides. That 20% strike-rate is not to be scoffed at and such was her meteoric rise, that she decided to sit out February and March to protect her claim. As a result, she heads into the turf season with a five-pound claim and it will prove invaluable in helping her get the best rides.
She returned to form at Lingfield on Saturday, riding a pair of winners from three rides. She heads back onto the turf on Monday, where she rides a pair of horses at Windsor. Both horses are at prohibitive odds and she’ll look to weave her magic. We’ll have horse racing tips on site, but here is the xxx-1 double that could prove to be an interesting bet on Monday.
2.10 Windsor – Piranhadrama
Julia Feilden’s string is in brilliant form, with two of her last four runners returning as winners. That’ll be music to Pearson’s ears, as she rides longshot Piranhadrama in the second race of the afternoon. She’s a four-race maiden, but is far more interesting than the bare figures may suggest.
She has shown minor ability thus far, making her handicap debut over six furlongs at Wolverhampton last time. Doing too much to soon, she weakened in the final furlong after those exertions told. Although well beaten on the margins, the run is better than the bare result suggests. Dropping back to five furlongs will surely suit, given the early speed she’s shown thus far.
Dropped three pounds in the weights, with Pearson taking over, she can surely out-run her prohibitive odds.
4.10 Windsor – Bint Al Anood
Pearson’s best chance is the David Loughnane-trained Bint Al Anood. A daughter of Dubawi, she’s beautiful bred, a half-sister to five Australian winners including Grade 1 scorer Pride Of Dubai. She was trained by John Gosden for her opening five starts, winning a novice contest at Kempton on her fourth career outing.
She left the Gosden stable after tailing off in a Lingfield handicap, hanging left-handed and shortening stride quickly. That was a strange performance, but her prior runs show she is more than capable at this level. A change of scenery may have helped perk her up and given her breeding, she can surely prove better than a mark of 73.
The form of her Kempton win has been boosted since and stepping up to the mile is another tick in the right column. In a race that should be run to suit, she looks far stronger than a 18-1 shot.
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