Thoughts on Friday’s runners
We send two runners out of Sarsen Farm today. Fiscal Policy runs in the 4.40pm at Thirsk under David Egan. Lil Guff will line up in the 6.03pm at Bath with Richard Kingscote in the saddle.
Fiscal Policy having snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on his penultimate start, managed to do the reverse last time when winning at Chelmsford. The win looked very unlikely for much of the five furlongs the step back up to six is a plus. He has a bit of a habit of drifting left. Hopefully he can run straighter from a draw that means he will have plenty of runners to his left. He should remain competitive in this grade which he won in last time. There’s no reason to think the switch back to turf is an issue for him.
A competitive sprint handicap and a case can be made for quite a few. Kath’s Toyboy is the highest rated runner and probably sets the standard if returning to form on the turf, after a spell on the all weather. Stalingrad hasn’t ever won and didn’t look straightforward last time out at Catterick. He clearly has the talent to be winning a race at this level. Atomise shaped well for new connections last time out and if taking another step forward enter calculations.
Fiscal Policy runs for owner breeders Gary & Lesley Middlebrook and will be led up by Tamsin Karn.
Lil Guff shaped well last time out at Windsor and didn’t get a split when she needed one, and would probably have gone close to Glamorous Breeze. The stiffer five should suit, the firm going is a slight question mark.
Just three runners but not much to split them. They’ve all met before and there wasn’t much between them in previous encounters, tactics could play a part.
Lil Guff runs in the colours of owner Wayne Clifford. The filly will be led up by Epona Miller who rides and cares for her daily at home.