Watch the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes live on Channel 4 at 2.45pm
Despite taking on several promising, well-bred fillies representing more fashionable yards, LADY HEIDI can strike in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York this afternoon.
The High Chaparral filly improved with each of her three starts as a two-year-old, springing a surprise in a Listed event over a mile at Pontefract on her final run of 2013.
Though sent off a largely unconsidered 20/1 shot on that occasion, she won with a good deal of authority, proving in the process that she is very much at home on an easy surface.
Consequently, the soft ground on the Knavesmire will hold no terrors for Philip Kirby’s charge and, with this step up in trip likely to unlock further improvement, she rates a good bet at 9/1 with Paddy Power.
Cambridge looked a good prospect when beating Regardez, who renews rivalry today, in a good-ground Nottingham maiden on her sole start as a 2-y-o.
Charles Hills’ filly is prominent in the betting for the Investec Oaks at Epsom and, with improvement on the cards, she will be a real threat if coping with conditions here.
The unbeaten Queen of Ice is proven on an easy surface and also merits respect, as does Shama whose trainer Sir Michael Stoute has won the Musidora on no less than eight previous occasions.
The Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes (3.15) is devilishly competitive. Jack Dexter is at his best in a strongly-run race in a big field on soft ground so everything is set fair for Jim Goldie’s charge to make a real impact.
Astaire and Moviesta are others that boast strong claims, but it could be worth chancing BODY AND SOUL, who is an appealing each-way alternative to the market principles at a tempting 14/1 with William Hill.
She landed two big pots as a juvenile, both with the mud flying, and shaped as though coming to the boil when an unlucky-in-running third in a Listed contest at Nottingham. She has winning form over this C&D to boot so there are plenty of reasons to expect a bold show.
Channel 4’s coverage kicks off with the competitive StanJames.com Stakes (1.45) and, though he doesn’t represent a great deal of value at 7/2 with Bet365, RYE HOUSE looks the one to be on.
The five-year-old proved that he goes well fresh when landing a C&D handicap at this meeting last year. He’s been absent since and is 10lb higher this time round, but he’ll relish the prevailing conditions and could be a group-class horse in the making.
The Infinity Tyres Stakes (2.15) is a typically red-hot sprint handicap at this track and, with 20 runners going to post, it’s a tricky puzzle to solve.
The hat-trick seeking Fast Shot is accorded plenty of respect, while Yeeoow, Lancelot du Lac, Baccarat and Blaine can all be made a case for without a great deal of effort.
However, the vote goes to AETNA who didn’t get the run of the green at Beverley last time, but won well on her seasonal reappearance on soft ground at Newcastle. She can be backed at 10s with Ladbrokes.