Thoughts on Shamiana tomorrowFebruary 19, 2014
Shamiana returns to action in the 6.00 at Wolverhampton tomorrow (Thursday 20th February). Richard Kingscote maintains his partnership with the filly over the extended nine furlongs. Shamiana missed a couple of weeks with a scope that wasn’t quite right and we gave her an easy time of things for a bit. She is back in good shape now and we are pleased with how she looks. Arguably her best performance since joining us was over this course and distance. The blinkers are on for the second time after they appeared to have a positive impact at Southwell last time where she was overmatched in a maiden – although her third place was creditable enough. If things fall right for her she is capable of winning a race of this nature. It would also be interesting to explore going slightly further with her at some stage but having had a bit of a hold up it seemed sensible to stick to a known trip for the time being. She’s well drawn so should be able to get a nice position in the race.
There are no superstars hidden in the field but it should be a very competitive race with several of the runners appearing to be in good form with several recent winners of ordinary contests. Tukitinyasok has a recent course and distance win to his name, holding Kyle of Bute who went on to win a very weak race and has posted respectable efforts since and looks a leading contender. Katmai River put in a good performance last time out to finish second in a similar event and ought to be able to go close again having been a course and distance winner two starts back holding off Huzzah who has won since. Cyflymder has dropped to his lowest level for a while and although looking out of sorts recently could be of interest if he can find some of his old spark. Primary Route is the least experienced runner and might yet find some improvement following some respectable placed efforts in maidens.