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Nottingham May 2 2yo race review

Nottingham 1410 Tues May 2
Fillies Novice Stakes
5f13yds, Class 5, 59.05s
(slow by 0.55s)
Good to Firm

Main Desire. Mar 18, €40k yearling. Camped just behind Mraseel on near side, always looked to have plenty up her sleeve. Given a gentle nudge inside the furlong, pushed out for about four strides and cruised away very impressively. By High Chaparral, expect her to go better the further she goes.

She Believes. Feb 8, 45k gns yearling. Half-sister to two RPR100+ horses. Followed Aquadabra down the middle, took lead in that group 1f out but never likely to reach the winner.

Aquadabra. Still hadn't turned two by this run (May 10 foal), finished third again with a consistent performance. RPR figs of 70,74,70 from career so far. Started favourite. Led down centre of track, pushed along at 2f, challenged 1f, battled on OK.

Mraseel. Last on debut at Newmarket in hot race a fortnight earlier. Money suggested a greatly improved run here, backe dfom 8/1 into 4s. Led on the near rail, under pressure at the 2f. Left behind by the winner but got going in the last furlong to make ground on the placegetters.

Silver Bullet. Apr 28, €55k yearling. Half-sister to three winners by Dark Angel. The two full brothers are lesser performed. Wayward out of the gate, shied away from other runners, ended up at the back. Came down centre of track, whip pulled 2f out, not going well, outpaced. Switched on late and kept pace with those ahead in closing stages, just a long way back. No interest at all on track, drifted from 9/1 out to 20s.

Lexington Grace. May 1, €36k yearling. Bit slow to begin, settled out the back on near side rail, never in the race, kept on OK at the end.

Queen Penn. Mar 29, 67k gns yearling. Half-sister to at least seven winners. Slowly away, out the back, never in the race, but came home OK.

Isoletta. Feb 25, home-bred, first foal. Dam won a 1m2f Listed race at final start, went out with OR98. Out the back, never in the race and dropped right out.

KEY POINTERS
Winner was super impressive in fast time, and third sets a decent benchmark for comparison. Main Desire has Group race potential and some of those back in the field ran on nicely late so they will have learned plenty.

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