Morrison and Moore can strike with Jubilante in Friday’s Opener
The Piper-Heidsieck EBF Fillies Handicap is the opening race on day 2 of Newmarket’s July meeting. Hughie Morrison’s Jubilante has not been out of the frame in her five career starts and is fancied to go close as she steps up in trip.
The daughter of Royal Applause opened her account at Doncaster and was then touched off by Hasopop in a valuable handicap in May. She looked set to spring a 25-1 surprise until the winner arrived in the dying strides.
On the strength of that run, Jubilante was made favourite here last time but was beaten into third behind Midnight Flower. Nardin finished a head in front of her at the line but Jubilante is now 4lbs better off at the weights.
Nardin has since put up an even better display when failing by a neck to catch My Kingdom, staying on strongly at the finish. Paul Hanagan takes the ride and she will be a big danger if she stays the extra furlong.
Indignant represents the Richard Hannon stable and has finished runner-up on her last three starts. Her second place behind Annecdote now looks very good after that filly won at Royal Ascot. She was then beaten by Secret Art in a competitive event at Sandown and should go well again here.
Roger Varian’s Tantshi is difficult to weigh up after scraping home in a 4-runner race at Leicester. For a moment it looked as though Andrea Atzeni had given the leader too much rope but Tantshi responded well to pressure and got up to win by a neck.
Anything that Sir Michael Stoute runs in a handicap is worth a second look and Dream Wild languishes at the foot of the weights after a disappointing run last time. She won easily on her debut at Lingfield and was odds-on to follow up at Salisbury but finished a poor third. If she puts her best foot forward she could be let in lightly here with just 8st 3lb.
Milly’s Gift has won two of her three starts this season and has to be respected whilst Dusky Queen and Strictly Silca have been running consistently.