Empress Expected To Step Up On Debut
Empress Expected To Step Up On Debut
By David John


Four Flat Notebook runners last weekend and all failed to hit the target.

A rather downbeat note to start with but I was not particularly keen to side with both Paddyfrommenlo and Spiritual Girl in their respective events at Newmarket and Windsor.

The former finished in a dead-heat for third in a classified event over a mile and I remain of the opinion that he will be seen in a better light once stepped up in trip a couple of furlongs.

His handicap mark is a bit of a concern but he will stay in the list to see if he turns up in a suitable event in the near future.

Spiritual Girl dropped back to five furlongs at Windsor and she did manage to show some early pace before tiring in the testing ground.

Michael Bell’s daughter of Invincible Spirit also gets another chance to shine if tried back up to six furlongs on a sounder surface if the summer ever arrives.

I was more positive about the chances of Go Dutch and Twelve Strings and would have to say both disappointed.

Go Dutch was sent off 6-1 favourite in a decent handicap at Newmarket but failed to pick up from the distance having seemingly travelled well in mid-division.

The soft conditions could have been a big contributary factor and I will certainly give him another chance – I would not be unhapy to see him have another crack at seven furlongs either.

Twelve Strings was also well backed at Windsor on Saturday evening but couldn’t find top gear under Kieren Fallon as he stayed on in the closing stages to take fourth without ever threatening.

The going could not be used as an excuse as he had won on soft at Haydock two starts previously. To my eye, he never got balanced around the turns at so watch out for him back on a track where he can stride out more effectively.

Looking forward to this week and Taizong has a very workable handicap rating of 65 and is set to line up in the finale at Goodwood on Friday night.

The trip is spot on and the form of his Chester second has been given a boost with the winner and fourth going in again since.

He receives weight all round but more wet weather is forecast and going that is already saturated could be very testing if the meeting goes ahead.

On decent ground he would be a very interesting runner indeed.

The same can be said for Luca Cumani’s Aleksandar if going to Bath on Saturday – he is well up to winning the modest 11-furlong handicap but very soft ground would be a step into the unknown.

Testamatta made a strong impression on her debut at Newmarket and she holds an entry at Leicester on Saturday.

She was beaten two lengths by Sandreamer – who is Royal Ascot-bound – while runner-up Sharaarah has since bolted up at Kempton.

She would be well worth backing but I wonder if Marco Botti will let this very promising filly take her chance on the prevailing heavy ground.

Over in Ireland, Royal Empress takes a step down in her class from the Curragh for her second run in a median auction fillies’ event at Limerick.

She travelled with real quality under Wayne Lordan at the end of last month and should take plenty of beating. I just wonder if she will be a backable price.

Added to the list this week are Club House, Chil The Kite, King Dragon and Our Diane.

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