Dad’s Girl was caught only in the dying strides when runner-up at Beverley last month and can go one better at Musselburgh tomorrow.
The filly looks a real bargain for she cost just 800 guineas as a yearling, even though she is a half-sister to two winners and she has always shown plenty of ability at home for trainer Ollie Pears.
She was quietly fancied on her debut at Redcar in May, but after a tardy start she ran much too freely and her inexperience told. The youngster faded in the closing stages to finish only seventh out of ten.
She had a minor setback afterwards, but returned at Beverley where it was a much different story. Out of the stalls like a rocket, she was soon five lengths clear and seemed to have the field stone cold.
But her stride shortened up the final hill and she was collared in the final 50 yards by the hot favourite who had previously been runner-up in a good race at Newcastle on debut and who has been allotted a handicap mark of 84.
The sharp five furlongs of the William Hill Maiden Auction Stakes (2.15) will suit her admirably and with only a light weight to carry, she gets a confident vote.
Yorkshire trainer Pears can make it a double with Noodles Blue Boy in the CYMK Digital Handicap (3.20), for the gelding always shows his best at this time of the year and has been in cracking form.
He blitzed from the stalls to turn a competitive sprint into a procession at Beverley last week and had been runner-up in three of his five previous races.
The eight-year-old was caught on the line when beaten a nose at Pontefract on his penultimate start and the winner there has since completed a hat-trick of wins.
Noodles Blue Boy went up 5lb for that Pontefract effort and the handicapper will add quite a few more pounds to his rating after last week’s success, so Pears is striking while the iron is hot in running here under a 6lb penalty.
Noodles Blue Boy is a sprinter pure and simple with all nine of his career victories coming over the minimum trip. He scored in a competitive affair here last summer and should go very well again.
Apprentice Joe Doyle is enjoying a fruitful summer with 21 winners so far this term. Two of those victories have come on board Strictly Glitz for his boss, John Quinn, and the combination can complete the hat-trick in the Brown Shipley Wealth Well Managed Handicap (5.05).
Strictly Glitz has won recently over a mile in easy ground at Thirsk and Beverley, while Doyle also steered the gelding to victory at Redcar last summer and a 12lb penalty tomorrow may not halt their progress.
Camerooney loves it on the East Lothian track, having registered three of his ten career wins here, the latest when making all the running over nine furlongs early last month.
The handicapper has put him up 4lb, but with apprentice Jordan Nason – who rode last month, claiming a handy 5lb claim – the gelding can defy top weight in the Maxrecyle Rely And Comply Handicap (2.45).
Musselburgh selections: 2.15 Dad’s Girl; 2.45 Camerooney; 3.20 Noodles Blue Boy; 5.05 Strictly Glitz.