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HORSE RACING FEATURE
Ratings Update: Matterhorn can scale more heights
Adam Houghton rounds up the major changes to the Timeform ratings from the Craven meeting at Newmarket and the busy Easter weekend at Fairyhouse and Lingfield.
The Easter weekend was a typically busy one for racing fans, with eight meetings across the UK and Ireland on Monday alone. The traditional highlight for many is the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse – more on that later – but we’re going to start this week’s edition of the Ratings Update by casting our minds further back and reflecting on the best performances at Newmarket’s Craven meeting, including two that have had significant ramifications in the betting for the opening classics of the season.
Admittedly, the form of Tuesday’s Nell Gwyn Stakes looks solid rather than strong, with the level of the placed horses fairly well-established, but that's not to say that it didn't produce a genuine 1000 Guineas contender in the shape of the winner Qabala (up 14 lb to 107p), who impressed with the ground she made up in the final two furlongs, in a race that was only run at an ordinary gallop. That was just her second start, having beaten a whole host of subsequent winners on her debut over the same C&D last September, and she is definitely one for the shortlist in an open-looking Guineas (now favourite at a general 7/2), with further improvement on the cards.
There was also a pair of listed races for three-year-olds on Tuesday’s card, with Shine So Bright (up 8 lb to 113) improving upon his useful juvenile form to win the Free Handicap, before Kick On (up 7 lb to 116p) demonstrated a likeable attitude to make a successful return in the Feilden Stakes, a race that has produced the likes of Golden Horn and Intello in the last half-dozen years. There have been lesser renewals in that time, too, but this year’s winner appeals as being well up to scratch, with connections suggesting that the Poule d'Essai des Poulains may be his next target.