Flame shines brightest at Yarmouth
The James Fanshawe-trained Flame Of Hestia is the nap of the day as Great Yarmouth stages day two of its August meeting with another competitive seven-race-card.
Flame of Hestia lines up in the Time & Tide Museum Handicap (4.20pm) in what promises to be close contest. This mare stayed on for second place over the course last month and that, considering it was her first run for nearly two years, should put her spot-on to challenge for success today.
The feature race is the British Heart Foundation Handicap (4.50), in which Midnight Rider is given the nod. The ChrisWall-trained gelding ran well to finish third at Warwick last month and might well surprise his older rivals as this horse looks to record his first career success.
The opener looks a wide open contest with all four runners making their racecourse debut in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes (2.20). Of those it might to pay to follow the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Fa'iz, who looks well bred and is sure to be prepared to run a big race.
Empress Charlotte looks worth taking a chance on in the Sealife Centre Fillies' Handicap (2.50). This three-year-old filly did not handle the contours at Epsom last time out but ran a cracker to finish second at Windsor. If Empress Charlotte can reproduce that form, she should break her maiden tag and give the partnership of Michael Bell and Hayley Turner another east coast winner.
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Northern-raider Chilledtothebone is the selection in the Golden Mile Great Yarmouth Selling Stakes (3.20). This consistent gelding has been knocking on the door, having finished second on three occasions, the last of them at Leicester, when Chilledtothebone was denied by a short-head.
The Mick Channon-trained Cathart Castle bids to topple his rivals in the Great Yarmouth Tourist Authority Maiden Handicap (3.50). All the runners look evenly matched in this contest but Cathart Castle looks to have the best form of late – including a good second at Bath last month. Having dropped a couple of pounds she, should be thereabouts.
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Meanwhile Mystic Meg-owned Astrovenus is given a chance in the final race of the day, the Avenue Pub Handicap (5.20). The four-year-old filly is still a maiden but is taken to go one better after running her best race to date when finishing second at Folkestone last month.