Thoughts on Chamomile and Chitra today

Two runners at Wolverhampton this evening. Chamomile runs in the 5.30 with Pat Cosgrave aboard for the nine and a half furlong handicap. The filly didn’t get much luck in her novice races, soft ground and then two wide draws on the all weather. The step up in trip should suit as will the likely more solid pace of a handicap.

This is a pretty open race and they nearly all have a bit to prove, Olaf won a moderate claiming race for previous connections and had no chance against a much better rival on his next start. It’s tough to gauge whether his mark is fair or not. Tails I Win is not guaranteed to stay this distance but has been consistent enough on the all weather, Picture Poet has been consistent enough in similar races to suggest he will be involved again. Bader needs to overcome a couple of lessor performances but if near his best has a real chance here.

Chamomile was bred by Rabbah Bloodstock and races for Gary and Lesley Middlebrook she will be led up by Andy Williams who has ridden her a lot recently.

Chitra is the mount of champion apprentice elect Cieron Fallon in the 8.00. Cieron is having his first ride for the yard and has really impressed of late. Chitra has gone very close on her two most recent starts and looks to have another good chance here. She is drawn widest of all but this is a small field so shouldn’t be too much of a disadvantage.

In a tight contest Bestsey Trotter sets the standard after a good run of recent form, with the lightly raced Lapidary the biggest danger if her progression continues returned to this trip. Turanga Leela has been making a habit of finishing second of late but is certainly not without a chance.

Chitra is owned and was bred by Gary and Lesley Middlebrook and will also be led up by Andy Williams and overseen by Shaun Johnson who rides her most of the time. She was bought back at Tattersalls Book 3 yearling sale for just £10,000 and has already won five times from fifteen starts.