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Musselburgh May 5 2yo race review

Musselburgh 1430 Fri May 5
EBF Maiden Stakes
5f, Class 2, 58.8s
(slow by 0.80s)
Good to Firm

Faithful Promise. Third start of career, second last time (to 66/1 shot) at Ripon Apr 20. Jumped well, straight onto the lead, one-off the rail. Kicked clear approaching 2f and comfortably held them off.

Shobrom. Sixth on debut at Newmarket on Apr 18 in a high-rating race. Shifted right at start, settled just behind the pace and urged along near halfway. Tried hard but never got any closer to the leader. Backed from 10/11 into 4/6 , couldn't see why there'd be any clear advantage over his form than the winner.

Shanghai Elastic. Feb 8, 5k gns yearling. First foal of dam who ran second on debut and that was as good as it got from six starts. Contested lead early but got left behind at 2f, suffering minor interference at the winner crossed to the fence. Battled on OK but not up to first two, at least without the advantage of experience.

Hypnotic Dancer. Third start, managed to get slightly closer to the winner this time - previous best nine lengths. Jumped OK, settled at rear, no acceleration, just plugged on late.

Holmfirst. Feb 21, €2k yearling. Dam, a 14 start maiden peaked at OR59. Slowly away, settled at the back, got left behind at 2f, weakened badly over final stages.

KEY POINTS
Winner returned a figure which puts her in the middle of most 2yo victors this season, she's decent but that's about it. The debutant Shanghai Elastic made a decent debut, will learn from that.

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