Doncaster Preview: Etaab poised to land hat-trick
Etaab has a progressive profile and holds oustanding claims of landing the hat-trick in the 7f handicap at Doncaster this evening (7.55).
The William Haggas-trained filly shaped with bags of promise when sixth on debut at this venue, and then had no difficulty in readily winning a 7f maiden at Lingfield.
Etaab made all, only had to be pushed out to score by 2 1/4 lengths, and followed up on handicap debut at Yarmouth when easily beating Halation by 1/2 a length off an opening mark of 80.
A daughter of Street Cry, Etaab was held up at the rear in the latter, and after quickening to lead two from home, changed gears again when challenged to score with far more in hand than the winning margin suggests.
The most striking feature of the performance was that the three-year-old showed the rare ability to quicken twice, and a 6lb rise could well be on the lenient side.
Etaab is certainly bred to be better than an 86-rated handicapper and, with Paul Hangan in the saddle, looks sure to take all the beating.
Artistic Muse looks like siding with on handicap debut in the 1m 2f contest (8.30) now stepped up in trip.
The Barry Hills-trained filly has shown promise in three maiden runs, most notably last time out when keeping on under tender handling to finish an ever-nearer seventh of 13 to Certificate over a mile at Windsor.
Runner-up Old Guard and fourth home Lil Rockerfeller have both come out and won to give the form a solid look, and it was a run which suggested Artistic Muse could be potentially better than her opening mark of 67.
The daughter of Excellent Art was also doing all her best work at the finish at Windsor, so the extra two furlongs this evening look sure to suit and may well bring about further improvment.
In the 1m 6f handicap that closes proceedings (9.00), Deepsand could go well at a decent price having fallen to a handy mark.
The Tim Easterby-trained gelding has campaigned exclusively over hurdles in 2013, and has not won on the level since landing back-to-back contest in 2011.
However, the five-year-old does have some strong place form to his name, including when a length runner-up to the now 105-rated Educate in a 16-runner class 4 contest at York off a mark of 79.
That makes Deepsand look potentially well-weighted off a rating 76, and the son of Footstepsinthesand has shaped as if coming to the boil in his last four starts.
5.45: Country Drive
7.55: Etaab (NAP)
8.30: Artistic Muse (NB)