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Pale Mimosa a lively Lonsdale Cup contender

Eight runners are taking the stage in an attempt for Group 2 honours in this year’s Lonsdale Cup and it’s an interesting renewal. Cavalryman heads the market at 5/2 and that’s understandable as despite being an 8-year-old, Saeed bin Suroor’s charge isn’t far off being in the form of his life.

 

He has won his last two races by a neck, with the most recent coming in the Goodwood Cup and that form looks sound for the most part. The fact that he’s the highest rated animal in the race entitles him to a lot of respect and I certainly wouldn’t oppose lightly.

 

Taking such a short price now that he’s back on a conventional track doesn’t make much appeal, though, and that’s the main reason for my swerving of Godolphin’s grand servant.

 

Estimate was miles behind the above at Glorious Goodwood, that despite going off as the 2/1 favourite. She was really disappointing there and is said to have been in season, which goes some way to explaining the no-show. However, she needs to bounce back and has a bit to prove for me.

 

Dermot Weld’s PALE MIMOSA (7/2) is the one that I keep coming back to and as long as there’s a bit of rain to ensure that the ground isn’t rapid, she will run a big race. Although now a 5-year-old, the daughter of Singspiel is completely unexposed for one of her age having only seen the track on nine occasions and there could be more to come from her in these long distance events. She has plenty of decent form in the book and comfortably defeated a subsequent winner when taking in a Listed race over 1m 6f at Leopardstown last month. A flat-ish track clearly suits and with this race being one of her targets for the season, she should be tuned to the minute. In my opinion, she could be really hard beaten.

 

Selection for the Lonsdale Cup (2:30 York; Friday, 22nd August):

 

Pale Mimosa Silks Pale Mimosa – 7/2, available with Coral & William Hill.

 


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