Pearl Secret to stay unbeaten in Sandown feature
By Stephen, bettingexpert.com | Published
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David Barron's progressive colt Pearl Secret is confidently expected to land Sandown's Novae Bloodstock Insurance Scurry Stakes at 3.25 this afternoon.
The 3-y-o has created a deep impression on all of his three starts to date, winning at Doncaster and York this season and shaping as though he is a Group horse in waiting. Richard Hughes replaces Jamie Spencer for the first time, but the colt is a smooth traveller with a turn of foot and should be an ideal ride for his new jockey. Soft ground holds no terrors and his superior pace will cut this field down up the hill.
Main danger for the £33,000 prize money is Ballesteros. Brian Meehan's mudlark has already won twice this season in heavy ground, and only tasted defeat at odds-on last time out because of a muddling early gallop. The overnight rain is in his favour and he is sure to test our selection's battling qualities if things develop into a slog.
Rex Imperator represents the in-form Roger Charlton stable and is sure to be fit and readied after 259 days on the sidelines. He managed just one win from five starts as a juvenile, landing long odds-on by seven lengths in a poor Nottingham maiden, but stepped up considerably on previous form when fifth in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot in October. However, that was a below par renewal domiated by long priced outsiders as the market principals failed to shine, and he is also unproven on ground any easier than good to soft.
Chunky Diamond should strip fitter for his seasonal debut but, in truth, offered very little in finishing last of seven and needs a huge improvement to feature, while Free Zone very much enjoyed the run of the race when winning at Beverely last time in a small field (Ballesteros only third at 1/2f).
A bigger threat may come from Sir Michael Stoute's lightly raced Ultrasonic. He won well on his Yarmouth debut as a 2-y-o and showed he had a deal of potential when fourth in a better race at Newbury next time. Only eighth in a warm Newmarket handicap, he had little chance as drawn that day (stall 21 and low numbers filled the first three places), and is entitled to strip a good deal fitter for the outing.
In summary, Pearl Secret is a strapping colt with a real engine and he appears a cut above some more exposed rivals. At around Evens this morning he is well worth a maximum win investment.
Stephen's Saturday Nap Newstead Abbey 4.45 York
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