The Messenger has two bets on Thursday and they are in the maiden at Doncaster with The Anvil and the Luca Cumani trained Faradine at Chelmsford City.
Of all the races on what looks a decent Doncaster card, this is actually the most interesting to my eyes as there a few really nice prospects running in it. Glencadam Glory ran a race full of promise on his debut at Newmarket when staying on strongly to the line to run Ghayyar close. He will develop into a nice colt, but he strikes me as firmly a middle distance horse that you will not see the best of until next year.
The Anvil on the other hand should be ready today. He got quite a considerate ride on his debut at the Curragh at the start of last month when he was 2nd to his stablemate Utah. He was settled behind the leaders and then in the final couple of furlongs, he did not get a clear run and had to be switched out to make progress. Under a hands and heel ride, he made nice late progress and it looked like a run that will bring him on plenty. He might have a little more speed than Glencadam Glory and that could be decisive in this contest.
Hydroxide was a big eye catcher first time as well, but Huge Palmer's horses are not all progressing markedly from their debuts, which suggest many are ready to go first time. The form as it stands does not look great either and we will side with Ballydoyle here.
1.5 points win The Anvil at 15/8 with William Hill and Bet365
Honorina looks very short in this fillies handicap, despite winning easily last time. That looked a weak maiden at the time and the form has not been boosted since. She may well be off a good mark here with a rating of 78, but looks opposable.
Farandine looks interesting here, even if 83 does not suggest she is chucked in. She is a nicely bred filly from one of the great families of Gerald Leigh and she won the last of her 3 starts as a juvenile, when winning easily at Newmarket. There were plenty of winners in behind her that day. including two that won next time out.
Luca Cumani trained many of her siblings and he snapped her up at the sales at the end of last year and after giving her plenty of time off, she should be ready to build on that debut success now. She has no fancy entries at this stage, but she could be a slow burner for the stable and while she may not achieve great heights in 2016, she can take this moderate handicap on the way to something slightly better next time.
1 point win Faradine at 3/1 with Bet365, Paddy Power and William Hill