Blades Princess (Beverley 3:10, ES McMahon, All Debuts). 9th debut
of the season so far and 5 of the 8 to run to date have been winners at
some stage. Two have won on debut but the 'Market' seems to have spotted
those with the pair going off at the shortest SPs (15/8 and 4/6f in a weak
seller). However, places at 25/1 and 16/1 confirm that he has his juveniles
well prepared for debut.
In all 7 of the 8 debuts have made the first three and the one exception
was a filly who was smartly dropped to a seller STO and allowed to be claimed.
In a moderate fillies' auction race Blades Princess is joint topweight
having been retained for a lowly 9,500 guineas as a yearling having been
bred by the trainer's family. She doesn't have a particularly '2yo' nor
5f pedigree. The sire - Needwood Blade - raced for his father and showed
moderate form at 2yo and developed to show his best form at 4yo+. His 2yos
runners to date haven't shown a lot with a single success in a seller to
On the plus side this is a weak group of fillies and she is best drawn
next to the far rail. Last year's edition didn't produce any subsequent
winners from 11 fillies in a spot of northern barrel scraping to make the
point of what quality of race this usually is. Although some combination
of Positivity, Sills Vincero (another Peter Chapple-Hyam is struggling
to win with in a trying season for him) & Sea Crest should ensure a
reasonable standard for a race of this nature. That set are drawn 3-5 but
in a limited group ought to be able to overcome that handicap. The 'Market'
should give a give some sort of indicator of what to expect from the McMahon
runner in this instance.