HARLEQUIN STORM ran very encouragingly on his debut at Wolverhampton three weeks ago in a 6f maiden, when third at 25/1, beaten just two lengths.
Today he returns to course and distance in the 3.35 and despite reposing Poetic Queen (who was second) and having to find a length and a half on identical terms, the 3yo son of Clodovil can turn the form around.
That was Poetic Queen’s sixth race compared with “Storm’s” first and the latter was very green before the race and with normal improvement, should go very close at around 9/4. Interestingly, the winner of the race, Right To Win was the “winner” of the subsequently void race last week in which Cappananty Con was third, so the form stacks up. There will probably be little between the Ivory runner and Poetic Queen today.
Dean’s other flat runners today are Eljaddaaf and Billy’s Boots in the 3.55 and 5.25, six and five furlong handicaps respectively. The former is drawn badly in 13 but he’s won six out of 16 on the all-weather, was a creditable third 18 days ago at Chelmsford and even off his highest ever mark of 90, should run his race. He’s around 13/2, has an each-way chance but would appeal more with a better draw.
Robert Winston is aboard all three flat runners, the last of which is Billy’s Boots, whom he rides for the first time, taking over form Lulu Stanford. Drawn six, he’s creeping down the weights and at 9/1, he’s solid in the market and also has each-way credentials.
Dean has a rare jumps runner with Goldslinger at Plumpton in the 3.35, a two mile handicap hurdle. Making his handicap debut off 110, he could be competitive but the ground is heavy and although he has won on the soft on the flat, he may struggle to get home in these conditions under Tom O’Brien. The son of Gold Away is easy to back at 9/1.