Friday 19 January 2018

Palmette to make it third time lucky

Ashley Iveson

FEW trainers are hotter than John Gosden, and his Palmette makes plenty of appeal in the Stanley Threadwell Memorial Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Yarmouth today.

The well-bred daughter of Oasis Dream was a close second on her course and distance debut, so it was a little disappointing she could finish only fourth at Folkestone next time. However, the third home has won since, so the form is sound enough.

This looks a good opportunity for Palmette to make it third time lucky, with William Buick doing the steering.

Trainer David O'Meara will be disappointed if Lady Margaeux is unable to break her duck in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes at Musselburgh.

The youngster ran with abundant promise in defeat when making her introduction at Redcar in early June, coming home strongly from a long way back to grab third.

It was hardly surprising she was a hot favourite for her next start at Carlisle following such an eyecatching debut, but she came up narrowly short, beaten a neck by newcomer Elle Rebelle.

She looked all at sea on Chester's undulations on her third start, but showed good tenacity to grab the runner-up spot again.

Lady Margaeux is clearly no star, but she seems an uncomplicated filly and should take some beating in what looks just an ordinary maiden.

Goninodaethat finally got off the mark at the 14th attempt at Ayr recently and he could well repeat the dose in the Watch Racing UK On Sky 432 Handicap.

improving

The four-year-old was not winning out of turn, having run some good races in defeat, and trainer Jim Goldie suggested afterwards his charge was still improving.

Slightly less aggressive tactics seemed to help the gelding finish off his race better and Graham Lee will once again be aiming to time his challenge to perfection, despite a 4lb rise in the weights.

Olivia Maylam's Charming has obvious claims in the four-runner 32Red Fillies' Handicap at Ffos Las.

The three-year-old filly ran with some promise in her three maiden starts, but always looked the sort to fare better in handicap company.

That theory was borne out when she won off a mark of 66 at Folkestone earlier this month. The form has already been given a shot in the arm, with the runner-up, Dear Maurice, going one better next time.

Charming was value for a little further than her official winning margin of a neck and should be up to defying a 3lb higher rating.

Forgotten Voice is a fascinating recruit to the National Hunt game, and starts off his new career in the Brooke Rankin Accountants Novices' Hurdle at Bangor.

A winner of the Royal Hunt Cup and placed in Pattern races when trained on the Flat by Jeremy Noseda, the seven-year-old is set to grace the racecourse for the first time in two years.

The fact he is even returning to competitive action suggests trainer Nicky Henderson must have been pleased with what he has seen on his Seven Barrows gallops.

Irish Independent

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