When a filly strikes form it is time to take notice and when she is an improving three-year-old and returns to the scene of her win that interest doubles.
We have this scenario with the George Baker trained CONFILS at Bath tonight and she looks likely to defy a 6 lbs penalty for a victory over one mile two furlongs of the course a week ago today.
Pat Cosgrave rode her there for the second time and, held up, she was brought with a last furlong swoop to win very readily from Frantical and Prerogative.
It was a run of the mill handicap but so is today’s event and she shaped as though the extra furlong and a half would suit well.
The only doubt about her being a ‘good thing’ is the going which is edging towards Bath’s very firm Summer character.
Although her breeding doesn’t advertise her ability to act on it (the progeny of her sire, Olympic Glory are going at about 5% on such ground), she doesn’t have a knee action and good to firm didn’t bother her last week.
Two other recent runners, JUST RIGHT and SIGRID NANSEN look her main rivals and the latter is second favourite after a facile win at Brighton last time out.
It was an amateurs’ affair however and the form might be unreliable; he also has a 5 lbs penalty.
At Bet 365 and BetVictor’s 7/4, Confils looks the bet.
Gold Cup favourite Kemboy was flag-bearer in blue and white colours.
Murphy sets sights on Sandown.
Clonmel Oil success sees star chaser back on track.
Fragile hurdler missed last season.
Saturday prospects hinge on Friday inspection.
Queen’s granddaughter joins racecourse committee.
Favourite Slate House also among 20 declared for big handicap.
All go as Italian fits Lingfield, Japan and Hong Kong into schedule.
Course to hold precautionary check at 3pm on Thursday.
Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo may start at Tramore again.