Lady M set to be a star
Back Star Of Lady M @ 11/8 in the 13:30 at Chester
Brotherly Company scored despite a big drift for yesterday's column, and the 17.68 BSP is making me kick myself for picking Jessiemac in a seven-runner race with two places - something that dissuaded me from the each-way double. We've had a few one-twos in the last three weeks, although Garrus' 1.02 defeat still rankles.
On with Wednesday.
The county cricket season has started, and the return of the familiar sight of the haunted viaduct at Chester means one thing; spring is back and the Lily Agnes welcomes in the May meeting on the Roodeye. That's the race where the first bet of the day runs, and the unbeaten Star Of Lady M can hopefully make if three on the spin.
I've been impressed with her so far, and she was included as part of a winning double for the column when she scored on debut at Redcar when beating the Brocklesby second Primrose Ridge. That form now holds a bit of substance as Darryll Holland's youngster has since won at Beverley by a massive 7L.
Star Of Lady M then went to Ripon and was even better in soft conditions there with a healthy win by over 3L. The sectional data indicates an even to fast run race given the conditions, and the indicator that she was the only one to dip under 14 seconds in the soft ground in the final furlong shows there's a bit of strength in her finish.
Her two wins have been on soft ground, but I am not too worried about a run away from those sort of conditions, and given the ideal draw in trap 1 today, it's hard to get away from her.
Her trainer David O'Meara is ticking along at about 17% at the moment and he landed the Lily Agnes with Great Dame in 2019. She incidentally also made her debut at Redcar, and followed up with a victory at Ripon. If Star Of Lady M scores in this, she could be one for the Marygate at York.
Say hello to potential for Haggas
Back Hello Jumeirah @ 6/1 in the 14:40 at Chester
The Cheshire Oaks is one of the features for Tuesday and Above The Curve could well be the headline act as the 7/4 favourite. She's absolutely gigantic in size, and one doubts whether whizzing around the turns of Chester will be her thing, and I am happy to go elsewhere with Hello Jumeirah. Even better, she had drifted out to 6/1 last night, and I am more than happy with that even if she is drawn in 9.
Her sole outing was a winning one at Kempton when beating a Godolphin shortie into second. The third travelled strongly that day and has since won, and with the front two well clear in the race, I have taken a positive view of the form.
Hello Jumeirah was nudged along leaving the back straight, but I liked her move from 4f out, and the clock had her running a fairly efficient race with her quickest part at the end - and stamina certainly looks her thing.
William Haggas is 9-28 at 32% in the last two weeks and while it could be a bridge too far to suggest she is Epsom material, she looks a strong stayer (which is not a surprise out of Golden Horn) and she "went again" in the closing stages at Kempton to pick up the win. For one so inexperienced, her attitude looked good, and with fillies showing large chunks of improvement at this stage of their careers, she can hopefully run a big race from her wide perch.
It's great to see the old Darley Sun colours reprised too. Who knows, she could end up a jumper for a John Ferguson jumps project one day?
May single bet winners
Brotherly Company 17/2 Won
April single bet winners
Coroebus 5/1 Won
Viadelamore 6/1 Won and Placed
Hi Ho Silver 9/1 Placed
Emily Dickinson 11/8 Won
Moonlit Warrior 11/4 Won
Murbih 9/1 Placed
Wanees 5/1 Won
They Don't Know 15/2 Placed
Bay Breeze 8/1 Won
Tranquil Night 7/2 Won
Destiny Is All 15/8 Won R4
Hammersmith 7/2 Placed
Entropy 11/1 Placed
Star Of Lady M 17/2 Won
Boardman 20/1 Placed
Drombeg Banner 6/1 Won
Magic Haze Placed 9/2