The twice raced Lady Eleanor (25/1) ensured followers of Ahead On The Flat started the week in the best possible way by scoring on her seasonal reappearance at Yarmouth on Monday. From a family her trainer James Fanshawe knows particularly well, the daughter of Iffraaj is out of Firenze who won six times for the stable and is therefore related to the likes of Harry's Bar and Mazzini amongst others. She had shaped well on her second start at Chelmsford last November and it was therefore a surprise to see her sent off such a big price at the East Anglian venue. Positioned behind the leaders by Daniel Muscutt, she quickened up well once seeing daylight collaring Thowq in the shadows of the post to prevail by a short head. Her trainer's horses invariably improve as the season goes on which bodes well for her prospects for the remainder of the campaign, plus Lady Eleanor is from a family who progress with age. Despite this win being gained over seven furlongs, she possesses a high cruising speed and it wouldn't be a huge shock if she was racing over six furlongs at some stage during her career. Her dam was at her best over such a trip.
Looking back at Sunday's action I think it is only a matter of time before Fishable sheds his maiden tag. Tim Easterby gave the Dutch Art gelding a favourable mention in AOTF and the three year old has run two cracking races in defeat thus far. Runner-up on his belated racecourse bow at Redcar over seven furlongs this month, he stepped up to an extended mile at Hamilton on Sunday. Out of a Group 1 winning mare, he was noticeably weak in the market beforehand but was only beaten a length in third behind King Fairy. The winner is well regarded by William Haggas and he is one to watch out for once tackling longer trips in three year old handicaps, so Fishable's performance bodes well for the future. Capable of winning a similar event, he is the sort to develop into an 80 plus northern handicapper over trips around a mile to ten furlongs. I don't think it was a bad race and it ought to pay to keep an eye on the form.
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