Timeform Notebook: Daisy to bloom

Hughie Morrison's Marsh Daisy shaped well at Newbury
Hughie Morrison's Marsh Daisy shaped well at Newbury

Timeform highlight a filly that shaped well in a Newbury maiden last week...

Held up in the early stages, Marsh Daisy made good headway over two furlongs out and she was sympathetically handled once it became apparent that she wasn't going to reel in the leaders...

Division II of the fillies' maiden at Newbury on Friday looked like a strong race, throwing together some interesting types on pedigree, and the winner, Bright Approach, showed plenty of potential, overcoming inexperience to cut down her rivals late on. Bright Approach, who represented the red-hot John Gosden yard, understandably took the plaudits, and she is destined to go on to better things, but it is also worth looking at the performances of some of the beaten horses, notably the fourth-placed horse, Marsh Daisy.

Marsh Daisy was sent off as an unconsidered 33/1 shot - her Betfair SP was 80.0 - but she made more appeal on paper than the market implied, being a 80,000gns yearling half-sister to several winners, including the smart middle-distance horse Yankee Doodle. Held up in the early stages, Marsh Daisy made good headway over two furlongs out and she was sympathetically handled once it became apparent that she wasn't going to reel in the leaders. Hughie Morrison's filly stuck to her task in pleasing fashion, despite not being knocked about, and she ought to benefit enormously from the initial experience. Sure to progress, Marsh Daisy is a three-year-old worth following closely.

Timeform Notebook:
Magic Florence - Showed plenty of early speed and looks a banker for an early maiden at least.
Brass Ring - Possesses upwardly-mobile profile and can continue climbing the ranks.
Marsh Daisy - Shaped well on her debut, keeping on strongly in a well-contested race.


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