ALBAMARA WORTH THE WAIT

Albamara Worth The Wait
Albamara Worth The Wait
By Chris Wilson, Press Association Sport

Sir Mark Prescott

THURSDAY’S SELECTIONS:

HAYDOCK: 6.50 Teak, 7.20 Luhaif, 7.50 Dos Amigos, 8.20 Trail Blaze, 8.50 Diman Waters, 9.20 Brockwell

HEREFORD: 6.10 Butler, 6.40 Art History, 7.10 Royal Riviera, 7.40 Ours, 8.10 Dukes Art, 8.40 Beauchamp Viking, 9.10 Woodacre

LEOPARDSTOWN: 4.50 Delight, 5.20 Desert Of Dreams, 5.55 Alanza, 6.25 Lightening Pearl, 6.55 Bendzoldan, 7.25 Notable Graduate, 7.55 Green Chorus

NEWBURY: 2.20 Ayaar, 2.50 Tigers Tale, 3.25 ALBAMARA (NAP), 4.00 Gold Show, 4.30 More Than Words, 5.05 Nicholascopernicus, 5.35 Now What

NOTTINGHAM: 2.00 Super Simon, 2.30 Full Shilling, 3.05 Big Wave, 3.40 Jamarjo, 4.10 York Glory, 4.45 Razorbill, 5.15 Dutch Diamond, 5.45 Penderyn

UTTOXETER: 6.00 Kings Apollo, 6.30 Whispering Jack, 7.00 Nether Stream, 7.30 Beggar’s Velvet, 8.00 Tinseltown, 8.30 Sahrati, 9.00 Dare To Endeavour

YARMOUTH: 2.10 Tickled Pink, 2.40 Sangrail, 3.15 Tiger Sunset, 3.50 Cantal, 4.20 Cotton Grass, 4.55 Quixote, 5.25 Tafawuk

Albamara’s protracted seasonal debut can yield handsome dividends in the Lord Weinstock Memorial Stakes at Newbury on Thursday.

Trainer Sir Mark Prescott thinks the world of this beautifully-bred filly, who has been unearthed a great opportunity in which to make up for lost time this term.

Listed races should cosily be on her radar judged by a really encouraging juvenile campaign which reached its climax in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

Things did not go to plan at Headquarters, however, as she appeared ill at ease on the rapid ground, and, possibly, unsuited by the track.

Before that, it was difficult to knock her four-length romp in an Epsom maiden last August.

Prescott has bided his time before pitching the daughter of Galileo back into battle, and it is a clear statement of intent to see her already competing at this decent standard.

Albamara has been ideally reared for a stab at middle distances, so the step up to a mile and a quarter should suit nicely, while the likelihood of ease in the ground is not necessarily a bad thing.

The Kirsten Rausing-owned filly holds some big entries later this summer, including in the Irish Oaks and the Pretty Polly at the Curragh, so a big display here is essential if Group One dreams are to be realised.

York Glory faces a similar acid test in the ABG Law Classic Handicap at Nottingham.

Kevin Ryan’s sprinter has not made the breathless march to the top many had predicted this season after having looked every inch a horse with a bright future in 2011.

The Five Star Day colt was deeply disappointing at York on his return, but showed a lot more verve in the Epsom Dash when seventh.

Now is not the time to throw in the white towel, though, as this does not look a great race for the prize money.

Victory at Colwick Park would suddenly put him bang in the frame for the Wokingham at Royal Ascot.

Cantal is sure to be popular in the Spain’V Ireland Specials At BetVictor.com Fillies’ Handicap at Yarmouth.

Sir Michael Stoute’s filly was a good winner at Lingfield last October before making a perfectly satisfactory return to action at Goodwood in May.

Cantal finished third behind Amber Silk and Roxelana in a solid fillies’ handicap over a mile – a race which should work out very well this summer.

Stoute’s inmate was perhaps growing a little weary towards the finish, which might explain why she reverts to seven furlongs.

This daughter of Pivotal is a most likeable individual and should be equally at home on a more forgiving surface.

Diman Waters cannot be discounted, either, when he runs in the Race To Success With Avnet Handicap at Haydock.

Eric Alston’s five-year-old was a winner on his penultimate start at Ayr, and again showed pleasing pace when second at Beverley a fortnight ago.

Alston must be satisfied the handicapper has chosen not to take action for that length-and-a-half-defeat, while any cut should not be too big an issue – even though he has only won on fast ground.

It would also be folly to take on the prolific Tinseltown when he lines up at Hereford in pursuit of a hat-trick.

Trainer Brian Rothwell has well and truly made hay with this seven-year-old gelding, who can readily defy another penalty in the Jenkinsons Caterers Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.

Art History should also be followed in the Bulmers Novices’ Hurdle at Hereford.

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