The field sizes have held up on Southwell’s tapeta surface as trainers shun the fast turf ground during the current drought.
WORLD WITHOUT LOVE (Nap) is bred to be very smart but she remains a maiden after eight starts although I thought she ran her best race yet when runner up at Newcastle last time on her all-weather debut. The filly is well drawn in stall two for one who likes to race prominently but may be taken on for the lead with last year’s winner of the corresponding race Lord Torranaga in the field.
That success came on fibresand but the 7-y-old did score on tapeta here back in April off today’s mark and finished second at Carlisle from just a 1lb lower mark last time. Ryan Sexton takes off a valuable 5lbs this afternoon and he represents a big danger, but the Johnston trained 3-y-old is open to further improvement on tapeta.
I hope it’s a good day for Charlie & Mark Johnston as I do feel MAGGIE’S DELIGHT (EW) can confirm last month’s Yarmouth form with market leader Gordons Aura despite being 1lb worse off at the weights.
The selection has improved with every run as she steps up in distance, but she certainly wasn’t stopping when runner up over 1m 6f at Yarmouth last time when she had half a length in hand of the Sir Mark Prescott trained 3-y-old.
Gordon’s Aura was a beaten favourite again at Nottingham in a first-time visor earlier in the week and the headgear is left off this afternoon. He is half the price of the selection and that sways me towards the Johnston filly. This extended 2m 1f is a long way for three-year-olds and the selection is not bred for extreme distances, but she races like a dour stayer and Richard Kingscote is a positive booking.
* Betting odds are subject to fluctuations