Rayaheen can step upto listed class in Sandown highlight
By Stephen, bettingexpert.com | Edited
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Richard Hannon's Rayaheen made a deep impression in making a winning debut and can step forward to land Sandown's Weatherbys Vat Services Star Stakes at 3.05.
The scopey filly is a daughter of the 1000 Guineas winner Natagora who overcame obvious signs of greenness to make an impressive winning debut in a warm 6f Nottingham maiden last month. She showed a rare turn of foot to assert late on there and seems sure to be capable of coping with this immediate step up in class. Paul Hanagan is in the saddle again and the drying week means conditions should be perfect.
There are numerous unexposed dangers for the £23,000 prize money, with perhaps Amazonas the biggest threat. Ed Dunlop's Cape Cross filly made a ready winning debut at Yarmouth in early June, and improved markedly on that form in defeat when fourth to Newfangled in the Albany at Royal Ascot next time out. She will be well suited by this step upto 7f and seems sure to go close with Frankie Dettori in the plate.
Mollyvator hails from a small yard enjoying an excellent season, and she built on a promising second at York on her debut when going one better at Haydock 21 days ago. The Motivator filly seems certain to be even better over this extra 1f and merits plenty of respect.
Savanna La Mar has been a rare highlight for the shrewd Sir Mark Prescott stable this season, making all of the running to get off the mark at Chester last time out. She seems sure to give it a bold go from the front but may just lack the class of some of these rivals in the closing stages.
Go Angellica made a winning debut in a bunched finish at Doncaster and needs a big leap forward to be a factor here, while Miss You Too showed a marked tendency to hang under pressure when winning a modest York maiden last time and will not get away with that trait in this much hotter contest.
Perhaps Purr Along may be the one to outrun her odds for those looking away from the obvious. She hails from the small William Muir yard, but may be underrated as a result, and shaped very well when routing her rivals in an all-weather maiden at Wolverhampton on debut earlier in the month. The Mount Nelson filly pulled hard racing wide with the choke out that day, but quickened clear smartly on the home turn and remarkably sustained the run to power clear. This is a big step up in grade but the manner of the win suggests she can be a factor if settling better.
In summary, a fascinating and valuable prize that brings together a large number of the best juvenile fillies seen out so far. Rayaheen was far from the finished article at Nottingham on debut, but quickened up in the manner of a group filly when finally realising what was required. She has scope to progress and is worthy of a win investment at around 5-2 this morning.
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