Improving Rock Choir can keep Haggas smiling
The Fillies Handicap at Newbury looks set to go the way of the improving Rock Choir for in-form trainer William Haggas. The impressive 1-2 by Danchai and Stencive at York last Saturday underlines the fact that his stable are firing on all cylinders and Rock Choir looks to be on a winning mark.
The daughter of Pivotal was quietly fancied on her racecourse debut here in April but weakened in the closing stages to finish seventh to Pavlosk. She had a better idea of what was expected of her next time at Ripon and stayed on well into third behind Sublimation.
She made no mistake on her most recent outing when bolting up at Goodwood in a decent maiden. Seb Sanders did not let her go until the final furlong and she quickly put five lengths between herself and her toiling rivals.
Tom Dascombe’s Wall Of Sound could give Rock Choir most to do after trouncing her field at Hamilton by five lengths. That confirmed the promise of her previous outing when just touched off by Iffraaj Pink at Nottingham.
Jockey Adam Kirby had a dream day at Newmarket last Saturday and has another good opportunity here on Ed Dunlop’s Invincible Cara. She overcame trouble in running to win at Nottingham and had previously lost out by just a neck at Doncaster.
Luca Cumani has to be respected in handicaps and he saddles the top weight Sharqawiyah ridden by Kirsty Milczarek. She won her maiden after a promising run at Ascot but was well held in fourth at Newmarket on her handicap debut.
Sharqawiyah also has a bit to find with Perfect Haven on their earlier form. Ralph Beckett’s filly has since been well beaten both here and at Salisbury.
Martinas Delight can be forgiven her last run where she unseated her rider but both she and Haatefina look to have plenty on their plate.