Wolverhampton Preview: Queen Aggie can reign supreme
Queen Aggie is running at the top of her game at present and holds major claims of landing a fifth career success in the 7f handicap at Wolverhampton today (3.40).
The Tony Carroll trained mare took advantage of a drop in the weights to score by 3 1/4 lengths over course and distance back in November off a mark of 62 and has since posted four solid efforts to make the frame.
The five-year-old ran a blinder when slowly away before getting beat just a length into second behind Rouge Nuage over course and distance on her penultimate start, and backed that up with a strong finishing third of 13 to Al’s Memory last time out at Lingfield off her current mark of 70.
Queen Aggie did the best of those held-up off the pace in the latter after again missing the kick, and flew home to be beaten just 1 1/2 lengths.
The daughter of Elnadim now meets the winner on 3lb better terms, and given how the race panned out that should be enough to reverse the placings.
Queen Aggie also looks certain to get the strong pace she needs to be seen at her best with the likes of Al’s Memory and Smalljohn in the line-up, and has the services in the saddle of George Downing whose claim takes another invaluable 5lb off her back.
Providing she breaks on terms, Queen Aggie looks the one they all have to beat.
Colombia posted an eye-catching effort last time out and can take advantage of what looks a lenient mark to land the 5f handicap (3.10).
The Anne Duffield trained filly has only had four starts, and in the first of those at Thirsk showed plenty of pace to track the leaders until keeping on at the one pace to finish a 6 1/2 length fourth of 11 to Grey Zeb.
Colombia finished just a short-head behind the third home Flicka’s Boy, and that one went on to be placed behind some useful sorts on several occasions before scoring at Beverley and is now rated 73.
That made Colombia’s opening mark of 49 look on the lenient side, and she shaped as if that was the case on handicap debut over course and distance two weeks ago when fourth of 10 to Warm Order.
The daughter of Art Connoisseur showed plenty of pace to chase the leaders before getting outpaced two from home and then kept on again to be beaten three lengths without being knocked about.
It was a highly promising effort, and with further improvement looking assured this weak looking class 6 contest represents a great opportunity for Colombia to open her account.
2.40: Lazy Sioux
3.10: Colombia (NB)
3.40: Queen Aggie (NAP)
4.40: Millar Rose