Today's movers come from the meetings at Newmarket and Beverley.
"If getting a decent pace to chase, Baby Strange could be too strong for these in the final furlong."
We start the day at Newmarket for the 15.00 where there has been a negative move for Mick Channon's Samitar, who has drifted from an early 3.259/4 out to 4.47/2. The filly had a promising first season when running six times, never being out of the money. She won the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot before pushing Lyric Of Light close in the fillies mile. The main question mark today is the step down to six furlongs, last season she seemed to improve for the step up in trip and if not fully tuned up might find things happening a bit too quickly for her. Against some unexposed colts, this could be the day to take her on.
Moving to Beverley now from the 15.20 and in particular the move for Derek Shaw's Baby Strange, having been backed from 20.53 into 1312/1. Although he is getting on a bit now, the eight-year-old ran some promising races last season, the highlight being a 3 length defeat by Stewards Cup winner Hoof It in a big handicap at York. That piece of form was on very similar ground to today and, if getting a decent pace to chase, he could be too strong for these in the final furlong.
Back to Newmarket now for the Free Handicap at 15.30 and a race that has seen a move for Telwaar, who has been backed from 7.613/2 in to 5.24/1. Quite clearly in need of his debut run he improved after that and appreciated the step up to seven furlongs when running the talented Fencing to two lengths at Newbury. Judging by the support for the colt today it's clear that connections feel he will make a better 3yo and everything last season could well have been a bonus. With stamina assured you could well see connections wanting William Buick to have him in a prominent position in the race and that could make him hard to peg back.