Made In Hollywood to take a bow
Made In Hollywood can show that last time’s six-length romp was no fluke by winning the Place Your Bets Juvenile Plate at Kenilworth on Saturday,
The Joey Ramsden filly led two furlongs out on Prix du Cap day and came right away to win in a common canter with Anton Marcus declaring: “She gave me a very smart feel.” True, the form has only been franked by fourth-placed Favola while the runner-up, fifth and seventh have all been well beaten since.
Joey Ramsden (Nkosi Hlophe)
But this R450 000 buy gave the impression of serious potential and she should be able to beat the other four previous winners in Saturday’s field. The Somerset-bound Dutch Philip would have run last week had the race not been scrapped and he was good enough to take third in the Met-day Listed race when starting a hot favourite.
Only two subsequent winners have come out of that 14-strong field but this is a smart colt. So too is Zodiac Jack who has a five-length win to his credit and should be forgiven last time’s odds-on defeat as he was found to be incubating an infection.
This race would have been scuppered for the second week running had not Ramsden put three in it. His juveniles are strong this season and it’s worth bearing in mind that Speedpoint had a bit in hand when springing an 11-1 surprise in a field of 16 that had subsequent winner Pen-Chan three lengths back third.
The stable’s third string Rose In Bloom is more difficult to fancy. She started odds-on last month but had to stretch to hold off Casual Diamond and has more on her plate here.
Ramsden introduces the R650 000 Var filly Ice Queen, whose dam is a sister to Mother Russia, in the first but riding arrangements point to stable companion Fours A Crowd who led on debut but weakened in the final 200m to take fourth to surprise winner Raya Baya.
However the debut form of Angel’s Trumpet suggests that the Snaith filly may prove the stronger. She had Merysagos, Delia’s Delight, Dragonair and Heart Of Legend well behind on her debut third to Regal Ruby and last Saturday’s winner Lily Theresa in a field of 18. But it’s worth noting that Heart Of Legend lost a fair bit of ground at the start that day.
BLOB All three of Michael Clower’s selections won last Saturday including Pen-Chan at 4-1.
By Michael Clower