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Nottingham Saturday Apr 21 2yo race review

Nottingham 1800 Apr 21
Novice Stakes
5f 13yds 1m0.29s
(slow by 1.79s)
Good to Firm, Good in Places

Simmy's Copshop. Mar 28, €45k yearling (15500gns foal). Dam won twice on AW, peaked at 76. Stable flying with juveniles, seventh winner from 14 runners. Sat handy just off the pace, eased into the clear approaching 1f, lengthened stride nicely to claim victory near the line. Whip not used and eased on line. More to come from him.

Havana Grey. Feb 12, €70k yearling (42k gns foal). Dam won six from 20, never contested further than 5f. Peak rating OR89. Drove through to lead on the rail. Challenged at 2f, had Poignant covered but couldn't match the winner over concluding stages. Nice debut.

Poignant. Seventh at Leicester on debut. Strong support, 9/1 into 11/2. Jumped nicely, disputed lead with Havana Grey. Under pressure at 1f, outpaced but kept on OK to keep third.

Choice Encounter. Feb 5, vendor buyback £65k. Dam won once (on AW) from 17, peak rating OR62. Drifted 10s to 14s. Slow to begin and bumped around early. Settled near tail of field. Stoked up inside 2f, made some ground but never got into the race.

Neola. Feb 6, homebred. Dam won four at 5f-6f (three times at two), peak rating OR93. Drifted 10s to 16s. Drew wide, posted without cover just off the pace. Challenged at 2f but never a winning chance. Soon weakened but hung on well to be beaten just under five lengths.

Mocead Cappall. Feb 18. £9500 yearling. Full sister won on debut but not in eight runs since, peak OR to date of 73. Jumped well, settled on rail directly behind leader. Under riding at 2f, outpaced and lost touch quickly.

Green Power. Mar 18. £7k yearling (4500gns foal). Half-brother yet to show any signs of ability from three runs. A little slow out, settled toward the back. Urged along at 2f, no acceleration, left behind.

Snaffled. Apr 30. 57k gns (48k gns foal). Dam was a seven-start maiden, peaked at OR63. Jumped OK but soon outpaced, settled at tail of field. Never got into race, raced ungenerously for much of the race.

KEY POINTS
Winner comes off the Hannon juvenile production line and looks smart. Havana Grey looks one for the future and the first five should all do well for their connections, this was a high rating race (winner RPR 84).

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