Pearl’s My Girl

Who would have thought we would get an all-weather race with such an interesting field with some serious challengers from Ireland joining the home team over the mile, and the age-old battle of race fitness versus potential.

Many Tears heads the early betting ahead of her first start for James Ferguson after winning her last start impressively for Ger Lyons in Listed company at Dundalk in November. She could be on an upward curve, but she has a bit to find on official ratings regardless, and has to give 3lb away to all her rivals which suggests to me she has more to do.

Choisya has a one in three strike rate and is worth consideration, but at a better price, I am happier weighing in each way with Mystic Pearl. She is joint top on the ratings off a mark of 100, and races for Newmarket handler William Haggas, whose string are in good form with three winners from their last six runners as I write.  

The money has been coming for the daughter of Invincible Spirt (10/1 as I started this article. 6/1 when I finished and I am not that slow!), she was last seen finishing fourth to English Rose in the Group Two Balanchine at Meydan in Dubai when failing to quicken up over a furlong further but she drops two grades this afternoon and – they try cheekpieces for the first time. She is unexposed on the all-weather with just the one start when second at Southwell in April last year, and with her last win at Sandown in this grade surely she has a solid each way chance this afternoon. 

Daily Sport Recommended Bet 1/2pt Each Way Mystic Peal 2.05pm Kempton 13/2 Bet Victor

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