Talented Tearless ready for Listed challenge
Salisbury’s card isn’t a bad one and the feature race of the day, the Listed Upavon Stakes over 10f, is a cracker. There are no shortage of interesting sorts all set to line up on what will be quick ground and the one I’m liking the most is Godolphin’s lightly-raced 4-year-old, Tearless.
The daughter of Street Cry was unraced as a juvenile and again at three, but she has more than made up for lost time since making her debut in June, winning both of her starts in grand fashion, beating the same horse into second place on both occasions.
She was particularly impressive last time out when making her handicap debut over C&D. There, she travelled really well through the race from a tracking position before putting proceedings to bed without much trouble when asked to burn them all off by Adam Kirby.
This will demand more, of course, but the impression she gives off is that we definitely haven’t got to see the best of her yet and the experience of winning that handicap last time out will not be lost on her. She’s entitled to be learning all the time, despite her age, and to win as she did off an opening mark of 90 is a huge encouragement, especially against a field of decent fillies who had the advantage of plenty more experience. A further step up is required now facing some really talented performers, but she’s open to more improvement than almost all of these and with no excuses regarding conditions, track and the likes, I’m expecting the Charlie Appleby trained filly to go very close to gaining a first Listed success.
Of the others, Albasharah has the best form having finished an unlucky fifth in last year’s Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot before going down by only three-parts of a length in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock (Group 2) next time. If she had no vices, she’d be the clear favourite, but she does as we haven’t got to see her since she unseated her rider at York last July and got injured whilst running loose. She’s entitled to need this run and although she’ll win if she doesn’t, the market vibes aren’t exactly encouraging at the moment. Kleo is another interesting one for Luca Cumani after impressing in handicap company last time out, but that came off 82 against plenty of exposed sorts and this demands so much more from the now 90-rated 3-year-old. Anyway, I’m all for Tearless on this occasion and hopefully she can come up trumps for the third time in a row. 4/1, all things considered, isn’t bad.
Selection for the Upavon Fillies’ Stakes (3:55 Salisbury; Wednesday, 13th August):
Tearless – 4/1, available generally.
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