Friday, 3 February 2017

You've got to Click And Roll

Nothing much of interest here for Monday's three-year-old racing. I'm always in contemplative mood so I thought I'd highlight a horse which may go well at a price when making its three-year-old debut this year. 

David Brown is a talented trainer and not the type of man to misjudge when assessing his string. 

Last year I had my eye on a filly named Click And Roll. This bay daughter of Smart Strike is out of an unraced mare. The fact she is owned by Qatar Racing Ltd added to my thought this then two-year-old would be a horse to note. Convinced Click And Roll was high in the pecking order - if not the best filly in the stable - I kept an eye on her progress. 

The Convivial Maiden Stakes at York was to be her debut effort which buoyed my spirits being a significant race (it features the most prize for any juvenile maiden in the country). 

Although a rank outsider, she was backed to 20/1. It was a pretty feeble effort, never competitive. I swayed towards her needing the run or perhaps disappointed on debut, which isn't unusual with two-year-old fillies. 

I expected much better second start. Stepping up to a mile I was ready for a big run. Again, there was support in the market starting at 8/1. 

Another anticlimax. 

Although not disgraced it was a pretty ordinary display. 

Brown had seen fit to entered her for the Rockfel Stakes Group 2, Cheveley Park Stakes Group 1 & Dubai Fillies' Mile Group 1. When comparing his two-year-old string I am pretty confident these entries indicates a horse of ability. 

So what are we to make of these first two disappointments? It is possible she under performed  on both starts. It may simply be that she was weak and needed time over the winter. 

Why take note of this horse? 

Over the years, I have seen a number of three-year-olds which fit this profile. They have been transformed with time and care to shine at three. A number have made a sparkling return to racing on their first start of the season often winning at huge prices. 

Whether Click And Roll is even ready to run in the next few weeks only time will tell. 

However, if this relative of Hootenanny makes her debut at maiden class - at speculative odds - you would be wise to bet each-way. 

I'd back that David Brown knows plenty enough to hold some hope this filly will be winning this term.

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