Thoughts on Today’s RunnersFebruary 22, 2020
Two runners head out from Sarsen Farm this afternoon (Saturday 22nd February). First up is Chitra in the 2.05pm at Lingfield Park. Silvestre De Sousa is in the saddle for the 5 furlong listed race. The filly has shown a great aptitude for the track, winning on both her starts over course and distance on the all weather and also a victory on the turf at Lingfield. She has bit to find with her rivals but perhaps with a bit of luck can sneak a bit of valuable black type to further her broodmare credentials.
This is an open looking race, following the withdrawal of the likely favourite Good Effort, with the established older horses Watchable and Royal Birth setting a good standard. Corinthia Knight falls into the same bracket although isn’t always consistent. The real threat comes from the progressive fillies, Furious and Hareem Queen.
Chitra is by Sea The Moon, out of Shamardal mare Persian Star. She was bred and is owned by Gary and Lesley Middlebrook. The filly will be led up by James Pulley, and overseen by Claire.
Our second runner of the day is Castelo at Chelmsford. She runs in the 7.00pm. David Probert is aboard the filly for the 10 furlong classified stakes. Castelo has been a disappointment on the track, her form has not matched her homework, she certainly didn’t enjoy racing in blinkers last time. The switch back to cheekpieces should help and the smaller field should be to her advantage. The draw whilst wide is not quite as cruel as it has been on her recent runs to perhaps that will help as well.
Windsorlot is a worthy favourite and is a good horse for this level of race. Cash N Carrie was second in a similar race last time a long way in front of Castelo, and is likely to fill a similar spot this time around. The Irish raider, Newgirlintown, ran well last time out at Dundalk over this sort of trip, which was a step forward after a few okay efforts over a slightly shorter distance and should be involved. Officer Drivel put up a good effort on his return to action from a lay-off last time, and if taking a step forward (not guaranteed on old form) might be able to do enough to be competitive here.
Castelo is owned by the Diskovery Partnership. She was bred by Lynn Lodge Stud and is by Casamento, out of Fortress. The filly will be led up today by Ilse Belien.