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Harry’s Dancer can waltz to success in Super Sprint

| 19.07.2014

Harry’s Dancer looks weighted to go well in a typically ultra competitive and wide open renewal of the Weatherby’s Super Sprint at Newbury today (3.50).

The John Quinn trained filly looked a smart prospect when winning on debut at Thirsk by five lengths, and then ran a blinder to finish eighth of 21 to Alexander Anthem in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out.

The daughter of Kodiac was held-up on the unfavoured far side and travelled strongly into the contest three from home before being unable to quicken and keeping on at the one pace to be beaten 6 1/4 lengths.

It was a highly creditable effort given how the race panned out, and although beaten six lengths by the runner-up Tiggy Wiggy the way this race is framed gives Harry’s Dancer every chance of reversing the placings.

The weight carried in this £250,000 two-year-old contest is determined by the price fetched at the sales, and that means that bargain buy Harry’s Dancer has just 8st to carry and receives a whopping 15lb from Tiggy Wiggy whose weight of 9st 1lb also includes an additional 5lb penalty for winning the Listed National Stakes at Sandown.

That suggests that Harry’s Dancer is very well-treated on her run in the Queen Mary, and from what looks a good draw in stall 18 a huge run looks on the cards.

Malton-based trainer Richard Richard Fahey runs five in the race in his bid to win back-to-back running’s, and Realta looks the pick of the quintet.

Realtra, who runs off 8st having cost only 10,000 euro, finished second to the unbeaten Beach Belle in a 6f Listed race in Ireland when last seen in action.

The daughter of Dark Angel looks on a handy mark given that she is officially rated 92, but now drops back to 5f.

Connections are worried about Realtra may not be quick enough to cope with the minimum trip given the current fast ground at the Berkshire venue, and that’s big concern in a race which is traditionally run at a blistering pace from the moments the stalls open.

Richard Hannon, whose father won the race seven times, is another trainer with five runners.

They include the aforementioned Tiggy Wiggy, but Parsley could well prove the pick of his team.

The daughter of Zebedee is a progressive sort who after landing a maiden at Goodwood ran really well to finish runner-up in a Listed contest at Newmarket.

Parsley was then from from disgraced when fourth to Arabian Queen in a Group 2 contest at Newmarket nine days ago where the soft ground was far from ideal.

The return to a quicker surface looks sure to suit, and on ratings Parsely comes out 2lb in front of Tiggy Wiggy at the weights and looks potentially the best treated of the Hannon runners.



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.