Seal Of Approval taken to bounce back in Park Hill
It’s safe to say that the decision to keep Seal Of Approval in training following her Group 1 win at Ascot last year hasn’t paid off, but James Fanshawe’s 5-year-old mare looked to be on the way back when lining up in a Group 3 at Newbury last month and might be able to build on that today.
She is certainly interesting up against a field filled with fillies and mares who also have to prove a bit for one reason or another, and her 1-length third of 11 behind Siesmos is definitely the best last time out form on offer, which in my opinion entitles her to be an even shorter price than she is.
Granted, there are worries over the drying ground as she is best with plenty of cut underfoot, but class can often see you through and at least there are no excuses regarding the track, as a flat venue suits best, whilst the extended 1m 6f trip won’t cause any bother either.
Arabian Comet holds second favouritism at the moment but her nose-second behind Queen Of Ice at York last time is hardly mind-blowing and she’s going to have to find some improvement for this step back up in trip if she’s to trouble Seal Of Approval. Overall, she wouldn’t be the one for me.
Venus De Milo is a filly that I’ve got plenty of time for and, indeed, have mentioned her plenty of times in these preview columns this season. Today, I just find it hard to advise her as a bet due to her flop behind Taghrooda in the Yorkshire Oaks last time out. She was beaten a country mile there, having virtually pulled up in the home straight, and that’s a worry to say the least. I think that she’d stay the trip and the ground will be fine, but it all comes down to her well-being and that involves more guesswork than is ideal after the York spin.
Not too many of the others make a huge amount of appeal, although it would hardly be a surprise to see Criteria and Silk Sari improve for the step up to this trip, so claims could be made. However, I’m going to stick with SEAL OF APPROVAL (7/2) and expect another step forward from the 5-year-old. This is her time of year, her yard are going fine and with only three runs this season under her belt, it’s doubtful that she has peaked quite yet. The price is hardly mind-blowing on this ground, but it’ll do as I’m slightly struggling with the race!
Selection for the Park Hill Stakes (2:40 Doncaster; Thursday, 11th September):
Seal Of Approval – 7/2, available generally.
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