Sunday 17 December 2017

Desire has speed to hit target

Michael Jarvis can land the feature race at Pontefract today with his speedy filly Beyond Desire.

The three-year-old looks the form pick in the EBF Flying Fillies' Stakes after her two runs this season worked out particularly well.

The daughter of Invincible Spirit also showed class in her juvenile campaign, finishing second in the Lowther to Brian Meehan's Lady Of The Desert.

She was entitled to win her first start this season at Haydock, given it was a slight drop in class, but subsequent races have proved she faced no easy task that day.

Beating Ed McMahon's Astrophysical Jet as the even money favourite did not create headlines but the runner-up has since proved herself to be very speedy indeed, finishing third behind Borderlescott in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Jarvis then sent Beyond Desire to Leopardstown where she came off second best against Clive Cox's Gilt Edge Girl in a Group Three.

This is more her level and having been given plenty of time to recover from those exertions she should be difficult to beat.

The Sunday Plate Handicap can go to Reg Hollinshead's Tominator, who was not disgraced in the Chester Vase earlier in the season and was second in a Listed race at this venue last term.

Sweet Sonnet is not a straightforward filly but she still holds excellent claims in Bath's EBF Dick Hern Fillies' Stakes.

Winner of one of her three juvenile starts, Saeed bin Suroor was pleased enough with her seasonal debut third at York in May, opting to send her to the Royal meeting.

She was far from disgraced there when left behind when the leading contenders kicked on. She then went to Newmarket but unshipped Ted Durcan on the way to the start and ran loose. She still finished fourth and victory here will require some improvement.

Ballyvesey can defy a further 6lb rise to land the Newark Advertiser Handicap Chase at Southwell.

Sunday Independent

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