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Classical Rose in bloom for Fellowes, Haggas in Rejaah raid at Ripon

Classical Rose shaped with plenty of promise last time out, and can take advantage of what looks a handy opening mark to land the 6f handicap on this evening’s card at Ripon (19.05).

The Charlie Fellowes trained filly hinted at ability in two runs as a juvenile before posting a much improved effort on her seasonal reappearance at Kempton when a 1 1/4 length third to Tajathub in a 7f maiden.

After showing plenty of pace to race in touch, the three-year-old made good headway two from home to chase the eventual winner until being unable to quicken and losing second in the final stride.

It was an an eye-catching effort, and Tajathub and runner-up Lord Reason are now rated 79 and 73 respectively.

That makes Classical Rose’s opening handicap mark of 66 look very exploitable, and the daughter of Amadues Wolf looks the type who should have more to offer now dropped back down in trip.

Rejaah disappointed last time out, but looks worth another chance to confirm the promise of her debut win in the 1m 4f handicap (19.35).

The filly, who is trained by William Haggas, showed a smart turn of foot to land a 1m 2f contest at Lingfield by 1 1/2 lengths despite showing distinct signs of greenness.

Rejaah was value for much more than the winning margin, and the well-bred daughter of Authorized was allotted what looked a lenient opening handicap mark of 79 on the back of that success.

However, the three-year-old failed to sparkle off it when a two length last of four at Leicester 13 days ago when sent off the heavily backed 6/4 favourite.

Rejaah raced keenly and travelled well for much of the race, but found less than expected when push come to shove.

I am convinced that Rejaah is far better than she showed on that occasion, and if settling better it would be no surprise to see her bounce back and land the spoils in the hands of in-form jockey James Doyle.

Selections:
18.35: Little Swift
19.05: Classical Rose (NAP)
19.35: Rejaah (NB)
20.05: Mighty Zip
20.35: Pyjama Party
21.05: Ahoy There