Wonder Laish from the William Haggas stable looks like a potential big improver on second start in this 10f 3yo+ 7 runner maiden at Nottingham. The horse has had just the one start and shaped with a fair degree of promise when finishing 3rd in a Windsor maiden over 8.5f on debut. Plenty of reason to think that the son of Halling will step up significantly on that effort.
Returns from a 194 day break, but that should not be an issue, as Haggas can definitely get them fit off an absence. In fact, his second time out 3 year olds, off for 90+ days have a fantastic record; 35/95 (37%) for £57 LSP, giving a 1.46 A/E.
Further encouragement can be gleaned from the fact that the horse steps up 2f in trip. Stayed on nicely on debut and pedigree says that the horse should really benefit from the extra yardage. Sire Halling’s 3 year old off spring racing over 10f+ in January-April do very well, 23/116 (20%) for £23 LSP, giving an A/E of 1.53.
The main competition comes from once raced Richard Fahey runner Shalabina and Nooshana (who has an extremely inexperienced jockey riding). The former is from a yard who have a 3/116 record with their second time out 3 year olds, for loss of £-93. A/E 0.25, so common sense suggests that one should be avoided.
With the benefit of a break, the extra distance and better ground, Wonder Laish should be able to go one better.
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