Alhaarth Beauty - Wolverhampton
There is no secret in the way that she will be ridden. Her main asset is her speed and she will attempt to make all. Her previous form already sets a decent standard.
Space Artist, whom she had off the bridle after two furlongs, beat her just under two lengths on her last start. He went on to win a 0-75 handicap on his next run. On his comeback appearance at Southwell, Space Artist finished second off 76 in a 0-85 handicap.
The winter break has made a difference to Alhaarth Beauty. She has grown, is more settled and a fitting of a sheepskin noseband now means that her head carriage is lower. Her homework also suggests that not only has she trained on but improved.
The filly has worked with Light Burst in her last two pieces. The first one was good but the second was even better. Even allowing for the fact that Light Burst is more of a 6f/7f horse, he is rated 84 – officially some 18lbs above her.
I’m confident she will beat the older horses and those that have run this year but the unknown runner is David Barron’s A J Cook. He didn’t show a great deal last season in two decent maidens – both on turf – and his half brother’s best run on the AW was on Fibresand over 7f in a claimer in France.
A J Cook has been gelded, though, and may have also improved a lot from two to three. I don’t know. It could that A J Cook will have improved enough to beat Alhaarth Beauty but I suspect he will have to run to a mark of around 75 if he is to. Not sure he is capable of that over 5f.