Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Certify Looks the Five-day Pick for May Hill Stakes

By their high standards, the Godolphin team have generally had a poor year in Britain this season, but there could be something to look forward to at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting on Friday, as the exciting prospect, Certify, puts her unbeaten record on the line in the prestigious Group 2 Barrett Steel May Hill stakes, writes Elliot Slater.

A total of 14 fillies have been declared at the five-day stage for the mile contest and, with the exception of Certify, the standard doesn’t look quite as high as is normally seen for this coveted event. 

The Godolphin filly has won both of her outings to date, beginning by slamming subsequent Goodwood maiden winner, Pearl Sea, when making a very impressive racecourse bow at Newmarket in July. 

The Mahmood al Zarooni-trained daughter of Elusive Quality then stepped immediately up in class and tackled the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes back on the July Course at HQ. She won by a length from Sky Lantern, despite being slow to jump away from the stalls, then showing plenty of greenness in running freely through the first half of the contest.

As she gains more experience with her racing, there is every chance that Certify could develop into a high-class performer, and bookmakers have already taken note, quoting the juvenile as the current 16/1 ante-post joint-favourite, (with Maureen) for next year’s Qipco 1000 Guineas.

Other interesting potential runners in Friday’s contest include the ex-Italian entry, Tuttipaesi, (now trained at Newmarket by Marco Botti), Harry Dunlop’s Sandown listed winner Roz, William Muir’s French Group 3 winner Purr Along, and Mick Channon’s Ollie Olga.

Olga is unbeaten in all three outings, including when landing the Group 3 Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes over seven furlongs at Goodwood, late last month.

Think you know racing? Click here for the St Leger 2012 odds, and pick this year’s winner at Town Moor.

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