One of the best mare races of the season is the EBF/TBA Mares NHF race at Sandown on Imperial Cup Day and last season has turned out to have been a red hot renewal.
Briery Queen, Copper Kay, Robins Reef have all won since and thats just from the first five home and 12.50pm tomorrow sees the seasonal reappearance of Lifeboat Mona at Wincanton.
Trained by the champion Paul Nicholls she was a horse of considerable potential last season, beating Surtee Du Berlais (another winner since) first time out and then comfortably disposing of Aintree Mares Bumper winner Hollies Pearl in a listed race at Huntingdon.
A 90 day break then followed before she next saw the course where she was trying to give weight away to the Willie Mullins trained Babylone Des Mottes at Sandown.
She finished third there before running down the field at Aintree, but struck me as a horse that would do a bit better with time and a bit more give in the ground, something she is guaranteed at Wincanton tomorrow.
Being by Kayf Tara she should relish the step up in trip and will be a warm order to make a winning debut over hurdles under stable jockey Sam Twiston Davies.
Later on the card at 14.35pm Presenting Arms bids to follow up his win at Kempton last time out. A well backed favourite that day he was never in trouble and recorded a smooth success under Harry Cobden (7).
This time the reins are taken by a Mr M Legg(7) but with the reappearance win under his belt, for which he is not penalised he must be fully expected to score again.
In opposition is the admirable Leviathan. This 8 year old Dubawi gelding loves soft ground and was a solid third at Ascot last time out behind the progressive Winner Massagot and Imperial Cup runner up Rayvin Black. That was a much better race than the race Presenting Arms took at Kempton but its been a year since he got his head infront and it may well be the handicapper has this reliably consistent sort in his grip.