Marquand Mount To Beat Big Field Of Youngsters
Luck will always have to play some part in winning a 17 runner novice two year old stakes race but Richard Hannon has a very likely candidate in the Bathwick Car & Van Hire Novice Auction Stakes at Salisbury this afternoon. URBAN ICON has a lot going for him and if Tom Mrquand can find a way through around the two furlongs mark the race can quickly be over. The colt made his debut at Windsor a couple of weeks ago in a similar event and was actually pretty impressive, held up just off the pace and then coming clear to win by a comfortable two lengths plus from EVEN KEEL (opposes again) and More Than Likely; very significantly, the latter came out and won easily at Brighton yesterday so the form is, in context, excellent. That form is then reinforced by BTOPlus+ ratings and info'. Urban Icon is top rated, though the field contains mostly debutants; he does, though get some nice positives. There are seven of these, including four for pilot Marquand at the course and over the distance and another two for the success of the progeny of Urban Icon's sire, Cityscape at the course and on good to firm ground. There may be a star lurking in the field but on what we know Urban Icon should come home ahead of CERTAIN LAD and can be backed at 2/1.
Article Posted on Tuesday 12th June 2018 @ 09.38
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