Saturday, 14 July 2012

1.5pts win AREA FIFTY ONE 13/2 (Generally available) John Smith's Cup
1.5pts win KIRTHILL 10/1 ( 3 firms and exchanges) John Smith's Cup

Thriving since moving to Fahey, Area Fifty One cannot be ignored under a 5lb penalty for his facile Newmarket success where he looked a new animal. Although that was on quick ground that looked perfect for him, his previous lifetime best, which was on his run before here at York, was in the soft and todays easyish but drying surface should not hinder.

Kirthill won a valuable Newbury handicap last backend and appealed then as the type who could progress into a Group class horse this season. That has not happened yet but he has run well in both outings behind Gatewood, running on from the rear first time here, then finishing alot closer at Royal Aascot when things did not really pan out for him. He looks very much one to consider today.

Kirthill NR, AFO lost  - 1.5pts