Hurricane Harry could well have most to fear from Nevil Mu as he bids to lead a potentially profitable day for Snaith Racing followers in the opening maiden at Kenilworth this afternoon.
The Trippi gelding showed plenty of promise on debut when ridden by Aldo Domeyer – and starting joint favourite with more experienced stable companion Go Jewel who won the race – and is sure to have benefitted from that outing. “How much improvement can a horse make in under three weeks?” countered the trainer when the question was put to him. “Probably not a lot but the experience of his first run will be a help.”
The same applies with Nevil Mu who was picked out by Winning Ways (and countless others) when running on like a certain future winner on debut only ten days ago. Admittedly it was in a far from strong field but he was drawn badly and ran very green early. “I’d done nothing with him and he won’t miss next time,” was Peter Wrensch’s post-race verdict.
Hurricane Harry opened favourite at 3-1 with Nevil Mu on 9-2, the same price as Brett Crawford’s Ridgemont colt Bag Of Tricks who has a length and a half to find with Nevil Mu but, as he failed to get a clear run that day, he could well pose a major threat.
Snaith says he is making a point of getting his three-year-olds into action at the moment and adds: “I am bringing out some nice ones including Halliberry (race two) and Double The Fun in the last.”
Halliberry is 3-1 favourite but she was flattered by her three-length second to Pretty Young Thing against older horses on debut because the winner could have scored by 12 lengths had Anton Marcus not eased her. Furthermore she is untested in the soft.
Howl (33-10) is better than last-time’s six length-plus second to Honey Pie would suggest because she was reported tied-up in her shoulder after that run. However it was only 17 days ago and so it might be better to take a chance with Ryan Munger’s mount Sweet Karma who went quite close last time and is proven in the ground.
The Interbet.co.za Pinnacle is the class race of the day but, as so often in this type of race, it is complicated by those horses coming off a break (their fitness is a matter of guesswork, often on the part of their trainers too) and I prefer to concentrate on the Progress Plate.
Vaughan Marshall runs three of the seven including Binoche who impressed when scoring on debut. Marshall says that he fully expected her to win that day but shares the view of the handicappers that Mirage is the best of the three. She should win.
By Michael Clower