Alan Dudman looks forward to the big race of the day at York on Wednesday, and is hoping Shutter Speed can deliver versus a high quality field. He also throws in a bet at Kempton for the evening...
"Shutter Speed has won at the track when landing the Musidora earlier in the season (on soft ground), but on a quicker surface hopefully we can see the wonderful turn of foot from a potentially top-drawer filly. Hopefully there isn't too much rain."
Back Shutter Speed @ 9/1 in the 15:35 at York (also a PROMO race)
Not many beat Enable, but her stablemate Shutter Speed can hold that particular claim to fame from earlier in the season. And while it's folly to go overboard on that victory as Shutter Speed had the race run to suit, she displayed that day on quick ground her lethal turn of foot over 1m2f. She breezed past the 110-rated Raheen House as if he was a plodder.
I love these Dansili fillies on decent ground with pace, and Shutter Speed gets my vote for what looks a vintage Juddmonte International. The doubt is the forecast rain, and a bout of epic-like showers could obviously blunt her change of gear, but hopefully we can get away with it.
There are two soft ground victories in her CV so far, so perhaps we shouldn't be too worried.
She can be backed at a massive 9/1 on the Sportsbook. She could be top drawer - but then so are others in the field - so she needs to improve.
Her latest start came in the French Oaks. There were plenty of excuses there for a defeat in fourth place. Her trainer John Gosden said that she didn't travel over very well. It was a very hot day too, while Frankie Dettori's problematic shoulder didn't help in the finish. Add to that a rough race and a wide draw - it was a pretty good effort all told. Gosden also bemoaned the final 100 metres that stretched her.
Just a few reasons.
Shutter Speed has won at the track when landing the Musidora earlier in the season (on soft ground), but on a quicker surface hopefully we can see the wonderful turn of foot from a potentially top-drawer filly. Hopefully there isn't too much rain.
You can read Tony Calvin's thoughts on the opening day of York and the rest of the card by clicking here.
The price of 6/1 on the Sportsbook for Saeed bin Suroor's Dubai Elegance is the bet for this fillies' handicap - as we are nowhere near to the ceiling of what this filly can achieve.
She's a three-year-old who is relatively lightly raced, but there are positives with almost all of her four starts to date. And at least we don't have to worry about the ground.
Having won a Chelmsford 6f maiden last October, she was subsequently in a handicap over 7f at Newcastle. She travelled well in that, but didn't see out the race. Not for the first time she has moved smoothly.
Her comeback run this year came at Wolverhampton in July, but having missed the break off a muddling gallop, we can give her another chance here. Being slowly away is a slight worry if it manifests itself again, but her trainer goes for the cheekpieces to perk her up.
She recovered from a slow start to make the running to win her maiden, and I like the angle of Oisin Murphy on (as I rate him from the front). Dropping back down in trip for this evening with her match-fitness assured, hopefully we can see better from a mark of 80.
Wednesday's Recommended Bets
Back Shutter Speed 1pt @ 9/1 Sportsbook price in the 15:35 at York (also a PROMO race)
Back Dubai Elegance 1pt @ 6/1 Sportsbook price in the 19:15 at Kempton