The Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr isn’t the strongest affair on paper, and there is one stand out performer in Easton Angel. Michael Dods filly has shown a high level of form in her first season of racing, and this represents a drop in grade. The return to 5 furlongs is also likely to suit, and she should be a very tough nut to crack.
After gagging up in soft ground on debut at Musselburgh, Easton Angel then made light work of her opposition in the Hilary Needler at Beverley. That performance was good enough for the trainer to put her in the Group 2 Queen Mary stakes at Ascot, and she finished an excellent second out of 20, beaten only by an American import who had bags of speed. Since that run, the daughter of Dark Angel has been stepped up in distance and has run two solid if unspectacular races over 6 furlongs in Group company. As mentioned, this is much easier and the drop back to 5 furlongs looks to suit, as she hasn’t been the strongest in the finish over 6 furlongs. Likes to be held up off a good pace and should be going well 2 furlongs from home. When Paul Mulrennan presses the button, this high class filly should have too much for her rivals.
Dream Destination is the second highest rated rival, but Sylvester Kirk’s Showcasing colt has to prove himself back on the turf. Rated just 85 going into his last run at Kempton, an impressive second place finish in Group 3 company propelled his official mark to 103 – quite a jump. That big progression may have been stimulated by the change in surface, and he still lacks the form of the selection, but could be progressive and deserves respect. Could fill the runners up position.
Easton Angel should take this drop in class in her stride and at odds of 69/502.38+1381.381.38-0.72, she represents value.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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