Ainippe can complete hat-trick in Flying Childers
Ainippe has looked a really smart prospect in winning both her starts and can complete the hat-trick in an ultra-competitive renewal of the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster today (1.40).
Trained in Ireland by Ger Lyons, the daughter of Captain Rio was sent off 14/1 on debut at Naas but won like an odds-on shot.
After showing plenty of pace to travel travel strongly on the heels of the leaders, Ainippe was produced to take up the running at the furlong marker and quickly pulled clear to score by 3 3/4 lengths.
It was a very impressive and taking performance, and Ainippe had little difficulty following up in a Listed contest at the Curragh last month.
The two-year-old stayed on strongly to beat The Great War by more in hand than the length winning margin suggests, and looks the type who has tons more to offer.
This Group 2 contest is Ainippe’s toughest task to date, but she has a profile which suggests she can take the step up in class in her stride.
There are dangers aplenty, and two of the more interesting ones are Cotai Glory and Moonraker.
Cotai Glory is trained by the in-form Charlie Hills and has won two of his last three starts.
The last of those successes came in the Group 3 Molcomb Stakes at Goodwood where the son of Exceed And Excel showed blistering early speed before making all to beat Fast Act by 1/2 a length.
That form just about sets the standard in this line-up, and Cotai Glory could prove a tough nut too crack if allowed his own way upfront.
Moonraker is a horse I really like and has the services of Ryan Moore in the saddle.
The Mick Channon trained colt won on debut at Ascot in a race which has worked out extremely well, and after disappointing in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood looked unlucky to get caught on the line last time out in a Listed contest over course and distance.
Moonraker looked to have the race in the bag in the latter, until Mind Of Madness came out of the clouds to get un the the final stride and previal by a nose.
That race was Moonraker’s second run back after a break, and the son of Starspangledbanner should be much sharper for it and can reverse the form with the winner.