‘Whisper’ is worth a shout to go one better!

Golden Whisper is improving with experience and looks a serious rival to much-vaunted Qatar Racing newcomer Criollo in the Fillies’ Novice Stakes over seven furlongs of Wolverhampton tapeta tonight, even though Archie Watson’s charge is 6lbs inferior on official BHA ratings to another thrice-raced ‘form’ danger Quick Change.

William Haggas trains the likely favourite and will be disappointed, according to reports, if the impeccably-bred Dark Angel filly isn’t capable of going in first time out; too often we take on classy types but my reason, as ever, to oppose Criollo is for the each-way trixie/patent bets potential.

It’s inconceivable either Golden Whisper or Quick Change will fail to make one of three places.

Golden Whisper ran a cracker under Andrew McNamara 10 days ago when just edged out in the closing stages by Imperial Mountain; given my selection, an 8/1 chance, was beaten only half a length by the 4/9 shot, having been drawn widest, it’s obvious Golden Whisper is definitely going the right way.

On my time-handicap Golden Whisper is better than Quick Change, a New Approach filly which found little in a moderate race won by Valesquez at Newcastle last month.

In summary, unless two other debutants are way above average, which is unlikely, this will be a three-way tussle and hopefully Hollie Doyle will be positive and give Golden Whisper every chance to go one better and gain vital ‘winning brackets’ for stud purposes. I’m looking forward to an intriguing dash.

For what it’s worth Golden Whisper should be in a 3-y-o handicap, off a gift mark of 68!

Glen Rosa is one of eleven ‘decs’ for a 0-50 Classified Stakes over five furlongs and judged on a recent course and distance half-length second to Twenty Boy is ready to break his duck at the twelfth attempt!

Following wind surgery Glen Rosa has gradually returned to his best form and with David Probert booked is definitely the one to beat; I’m keen on ‘set-weight’ classified races and have enjoyed tremendous successes by specialising with them in the last three years. Remember the 50/1 nap, Lasting Legacy, which won me the 2019 Racing Post Naps Table?

Never be afraid of a big-price and that brings me to Sicilian Vito in the Novice Stakes over ten furlongs of Lingfield polytrack because on the back of a quiet debut, in the Chelmsford race won by Imperial Mountain, this Night Of Thunder colt will not be a surprise if causing one; worth bettimg, and following/

By the way I’ll be interested to see how Shishkin performs tomorrow; the recent, much-chronicled so-called sensational Kempton victory was way below his best TH mark of last season and he could be a false price!

Selections, Lingfield, 2.50 Sicilian Vito (e.w); Wolverhampton, 4.30 Golden Whisper (e.w); 5.30 Glen Rosa (e.w). 

 Jeffrey Ross, horse-racing correspondent for WMN since 1983 when winning the most prestigious racing journalist award, Sporting Life Naps Table, before winning it a record number of six times collectively in the Racing Post, the current ‘trade’ paper, including 2019