Rhys Williams has analysed Tuesday's racing and has one selection at Brighton.
"I also think that this track might be a positive for her as she had a short stride last year and that could allow her to handle the undulations and camber better than any longer-striding rivals."
Promise amid greenness at 2
Whatitizz makes her handicap debut in the opening race at Brighton after 280 days off the track and I think she's capable of improving on what she showed as a two-year-old.
She was green on debut at Newbury and never got competitive but showed more promise next time at Wolverhampton. She seemed to break ok but was then slow to gather her stride and was soon some way behind the leaders. Pushed along to recover, she made some headway while showing signs of greenness but was then pushed about five wide turning out of the back straight as another horse shifted outwards.
She was trapped wide around the whole bend and looked a bit uncomfortable. She had no chance of getting back into contention once that happened but kept on quite well under hands and heels in the straight to be beaten 6¼ lengths.
Considering the issues around the bend and the slow start, this performance was better than the bare result suggests. Arqoob, Typical Man and Operatic were three of the other four that were detached from the main group early on and they are now rated 77, 72 and 89 which suggests that a mark of 60 could underestimate Whatitizz's ability.
She was far sharper away from the stalls on her final run as a two-year-old at Yarmouth and raced prominently through the first half of the race. She was outpaced with two furlongs to go but kept responding to hands and heels riding to finish seventh. I think the fairly steady pace was against her that day so while she was well positioned, she didn't have the turn of foot to make use of that.
Given that she was clearly green in her first two starts, it wouldn't be a surprise if Whatitizz has made a lot of progress in terms of mental maturity during her absence from the track and she could improve as a result. I also think that this track might be a positive for her as she had a short stride last year and that could allow her to handle the undulations and camber better than any longer-striding rivals.
There is the concern that she may need this run after the break and that it's unknown how well she's progressed physically in the time off. I also think that she may ideally want a mile but hopefully the stiff finish will help to combat that worry.
In a race where it may not require a horse to be much better than their rating to win, I think Whatitizz's potential for improvement has been overlooked by the market and any 10/1 or bigger appeals.
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