Friday 05 July 2013

7.15 Haydock – Adapt (UK) Training Services Celebration Nursery Handicap

In an open looking nursery I’m willing to chance the 20-1 available about David Evans’ LIMEGROVE. After seven starts she is now starting to look exposed, but her trainer is a dab hand at getting horses of a similar profile to run well. While she’s been on the track plenty this season she has some pretty solid form in the book and this drop in class looks to be her easiest task for a while. After a tardy start to her career she went to Newmarket to run in now what has proved to be a red hot maiden. She was beaten just over three lengths by the winner, but had names like Rizeena and Kiyoshi, both Royal Ascot winners, just ahead of her. There is no doubting the aforementioned pair have improved, but the selection managed to show plenty early pace and led them a merry dance till late on. She broke her maiden at Lingfield beating Fine And Dandy in good style. The runner-up has subsequently gone on to land his maiden by eight lengths, winning in impressive fashion. Another solid effort came in a fillies conditions race at Salisbury, again a race with plenty useful types in it. She finished second. From here however, things haven’t gone her way due to softer than ideal ground, a poor draw and a bad off day. I’m of the opinion if she ran here off the back off her Salisbury run she’d be favourite, or close to. She now drops into handicap company, races on a fair track and will have her ground. Her last run is a worry (she was very fractious pre-race), but her trainer now reaches for the first time hood which may aid her. She steps up to six furlongs for the first time, but her pedigree suggests it’s worth a try. It may well improve her. It’s an open looking race, but for me, she’s got the best form in the book. Limegrove also has a five pound claimer on board to ease her burden in Declan Bates. Fingers crossed she can run well. Not a confident selection, but one I’m sure is over-priced.

Advice

1pt each-way Limegrove @20-1 (William Hill)

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