Wednesday 14 December 2016


A Median Auction Maiden Stakes over 7f on Standard going. 

Ten two-year-olds take part. 

The betting suggests there are three major players.

Marco Botti's Omran ran well on debut at Doncaster over 6f on good to firm going late into the turf season. This daughter of Choisir was a cheap foal at just 3,000G by Emerald Bloodstock. Now in the ownership of H E S Al - Kaabi. She was backed from 12-1 on debut and showed ability finishing runner-up after being slow away. That was a maiden race so by race type alone this is a drop in class. This chestnut filly was meant to run recently but withdrawn. Connections will be keen to get a win on the board and by all accounts, she has strong claims.

Second Page is trained by Richard Hannon and race twice. A 60,000G yearling purchase, that was quite a costly purchase for this grade. This daughter of Harbour Watch done little on debut but went much better next start over course and distance.  A 33-1 shot in third, may suggest that wasn't the strongest of heat. Although, by race type, this is a drop in class. 

Michael Bell must hold Preobrajenska in some regard because this daughter of Paco Boy has been fancied in the betting on both starts to date. She ran well on debut at Yarmouth over 6f a race. The form of that race has been franked by winners. This bay filly was caught close home when headed in the closing stages at Chester. That was a fair race if nothing beyond the norm.

Conclusion: Omran has a winner's profile. Marco Botti has taken his time to place this filly and she should be primed to go well. The price may not offer much value but the horse to beat. Many punters will be looking at the favourites to hit the frame. The Second Page could figure but she was a big price that day which may indicate some limitation. However, this is a drop in grade which gives some confidence. Preobrajenska should hit the frame. She has been fancied in the betting both starts which aren't usual. If available at each-way odds could be a fair bet. I would be tempted to back the favourite and Preobrajenska rather than go for the second or third favourite alone. 

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