LONDON – Radio Gaga was thoroughly outclassed in the 1000 Guineas but after a short break, she should bounce back to winning form at Warwick.
Ed McMahon lowers his sights to Listed level this time for the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Eternal Stakes and Radio Gaga should have every chance. A winner on her juvenile bow at Haydock last September, the Multiplex filly was thought good enough to have a crack at Listed company when contesting a 1200m heat at Newmarket.
While she finished third behind stablemate Artistic Jewel on that occasion, Radio Gaga developed nicely over the winter and looked a promising individual on her 2012 debut. She was just under four lengths adrift of Moonstone Magic in the Fred Darling on that occasion, with that pair nine lengths clear of the rest.
The 1400m appeared to be the edge of her stamina limitations but connections still decided to have a crack at the Guineas, a decision which did not really pay off. Radio Gaga did reverse the form with Moonstone Magic that day but they were both a distance away from Homecoming Queen.
She handles most types of ground though, having won on good and run well with cut, so the weather holds no fears for her and a drop in class could be just what Radio Gaga needs.
Cardinal has been on quite a roll of late and can make it three wins on the bounce in the Ali Campbell Live Here 21st August Handicap. The seven-year-old ended an 18-month barren spell when winning at Windsor earlier this month before defying a 2kg rise to go in again at Sandown. He clearly prefers a bit of juice in the ground and with conditions likely to be in his favour, he can shrug off an extra 1.5kg for trainer Robert Cowell.
Newcastle’s three-day Northumberland Plate meeting gets under way and Dubai Dynamo should thrive for a drop back down to a mile in the Betfred Seaton Delaval Handicap. The 1800m looked beyond him when fourth at York last time, with his headway coming to a halt inside the distance as his stamina gave out.
A winner on soft ground at Ripon earlier in the year, testing conditions at Gosforth Park should not be a problem, although confidence would be higher had the handicapper eased him a kilo or two.
New Pearl is perhaps not as good as he first looked, but he should be smart enough in the Betfred “The Bonus King” Novice Stakes. He looked a possible world-beater when an easy winner at Newmarket on his debut but an odds-on defeat at Pontefract exposed his limitations. Connections still felt New Pearl deserved a crack at last week’s Coventry
Stakes but he was well beaten and trainer David Brown is obviously keen to see him get his head in front again now.
Strawberrymystique is worth supporting as she makes her turf debut in the In-Play Euro Betting At BetVictor.com Fillies’ Handicap at Yarmouth. A half-sister to the classy Strawberrydaiquiri, this filly scored her first victory in four outings when dropped to handicap company at Wolverhampton last time. Marco Botti’s charge seems to be a pretty slow learner so far as she still looked like she would improve a bit more but switched to turf, she still looks to be on the upgrade.
Parley will appreciate slightly quicker ground in the EBF Captain J.C. Stewart Fillies’ Handicap at Hamilton while Al Wajba can build on a recent Newcastle success in Leicester’s Jayne Ferguson Memorial Fillies’ Handicap. – Press Association