Windsor Preview: Lanigan’s Lass poised to follow-up
The lightly-raced Bold Lass looked a handicapper to keep onside when scoring last time out and can defy a 7lb rise in the weights to land the 1m contest on this evening’s card at Windsor (8.00).
The filly is trained by the in-form David Lanigan who has saddled five winners from his last 10 runners and has a 50% strike rate at the track in the past 12 months.
The daughter of Sea The Stars won readily on debut at Leicester back in October, and after finishing a solid fourth in a handicap at Kempton ran really well following a 208 day lay-off when an excellent second of eight to Extremity on seasonal reappearance.
Bold Lass was then ran below par on the polytrack at Kempton, before bouncing back to form when returned to the turf and winning a 7f contest at Leicester last month by 2 1/4 lengths.
The three-year-old stayed on strongly to score with far more in hand than the winning margin suggests, and looks the type who is ahead of the assessor and could have plenty more to offer now upped in trip.
If that proves to be the case, and Bold Lass handles the easier going, then she is going to prove very difficult to beat in the hands of Ted Durcan for a stable that can do little wrong at present.
In the 1m 2f handicap (7.00), Rainbow Beauty looks worth siding with on debut for Richard Ford.
The Cheshire-based handler has a decent record with new recruits, and in Rainbow Beauty has inherited a filly who is potentially well-treated on the pick of her form.
The daughter of Manduro won her final start as a juvenile in 2012 when trained by Gerard Butler, and followed up on her seasonal appearance last year when winning a class 4 handicap at Sandown off a mark of 68.
Rainbow Beauty went on to run a number of solid races off higher marks, including when runner-up to Magigue in a class 4 contest over a mile at this venue off a rating of 76.
The four-year-old now gets into this lower grade class 5 contest off just 72, and also has the services of the rising star Cam Hardie in the saddle.
Hardie is unbelievable value for his 5lb claim, and Rainbow Beauty is racing off 1lb lower than when last successful if taking into into account.
That gives Rainbow Beauty every chance from a handicapping perspective, and another plus is her proven ability to act on all types of going.
6.00: Jacob’S Pillow
6.30: Orthodox Lad
7.00: Rainbow Beauty (NB)
7.30: Shama’s Crown
8.00: Bold Lass (NAP)