Columella to confirm debut promise at Windsor
By Stephen, bettingexpert.com | Published
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William Haggas can send out the unbeaten Columella to land Windsor's featured British Stallion Studs / Betfred Mobile E.b.f. Fillies' Conditions Stakes at 3.50.
The Kyllachy filly is a half-sister to several winners, including the smart 2-y-o Memory and overcame evident inexperience to score at Warwick on her debut ten days ago. She was very well supported there to land a fair maiden, and showed a smart turn of foot to get on top in the closing stages in the soft ground. Conditions will be far quicker this afternoon but she is a good actioned filly who seems sure to cope with it well under the in-form Ryan Moore.
Main danger for the £15,000 prize money comes from Richard Hannon's Miss Diva. She needed the experience when second to Hairy Rocket here on her debut before landing the odds over course and distance next time. She was well below her best when upped in class in the Queen Mary behind Ceiling Kitty at Royal Ascot, but this is weaker and she has experience on her side against our selection.
Excel Yourself made an encouraging start when fourth on both starts in fair maidens and was then hopelessly outclassed at Royal Ascot. These are calmer waters and the Mick Channon yard is in much better form now than earlier in the season, however she appeals more as a nursery type and a bold showing here would ruin her potentially lenient opening mark.
Three Crowns has shaped with promise on both her starts to date, including when fourth on her debut over this course and distance, but needs to find around a stone on the official ratings upped in class here, while Harleys Rocket is hard to fancy even if improving on a hard fought victory in a weak Lingfield maiden 15 days ago.
At a bigger price Shrimpton may outrun her odds. Mick Channon's Cadeuax Genereaux filly caught the eye when third behind Flyman at York last time out, with six lengths back to the fourth as the front three trapped away. This is a tougher contest but she has stepped forward with every run in three starts to date and a bold run would not suprise at around 20-1. Sadly there are only seven declared runners so the each-way option is no great value, and the chances are she will run well without quite being good enough at this stage.
In summary, a classy fillies contest that lights up a run of the mill Sunday card. Columella only faced four runners at Warwick but impressed in the manner in which she overcame greeness to swoop late on at that sharp course. At around 5-2 this morning she is worth a decent win investment.
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