FANTASTIC PICK is an animal on the upgrade and looks weighted to confirm superiority over Ella Grace and complete a hat-trick while Diamond Duchess is a commendable type who should be going close again. The pick's winning sequence was started when he was upped in trip and introduced to the handicap ranks leaving him to score on both his starts in this sphere. He looks open to more improvement and his pedigree suggests he'll be even better over this tougher stamina test. Ella Grace was found wanting by three lengths when only finding the pick too good last time. We suggest the weights will lead to a repeat of that form with a step up in trip not looking ideal for Richard Fahey's charge. Diamond Duchess has been steadily improving and looks in need of this step up in trip to get off the mark in this company while Storm Command is coming to hand and after only finding a useful sort far too good last time he makes the shortlist. This Nursery Handicap contains some interesting contenders and Fantastic Pick looks like he'll improve again.
Diamond Duchess (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd on inside 2f out, one pace and no impression inside final furlong, lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Boquito (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (6) pol.
Leitzu (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Held up, ridden over 2f out, driven and headway over 1f out, stayed on to take 4th towards finish, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Lethal Combination (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Fantastic Pick 11-4fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led 3f out, edged right and ridden clear final furlong, won at Redcar 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Ella Grace (8-11) by 3l, 17 ran.
Brunette (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 14l behind Lethal Combination (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Whiepa Snappa (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Behind, headway well over 2f out, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, nearest at finish, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Boquito (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Themanforacrisis (IRE) 28-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride and always behind, 12th of 13, 16l behind Centigrade (9-3) at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Storm Command (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden 2f out, soon chasing winner, no impression, 2nd of 10, 11l behind Navy List (9-0) at Redcar 1m 1f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Sixpenny Moon (USA) 9-2fav (9-4) In rear, never dangerous, 11th of 14, 13l behind Boquito (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Mary Celest (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders over 5f, 13th of 14, 10l behind Underworld Dandy (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Ella Grace (USA) 12-1 (8-11) Went left start, tracked leader, ridden and chased winner 3f out, no impression from over 1f out, 2nd of 17, 3l behind Fantastic Pick (9-5) at Redcar 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Bateau Bleu 40-1 (8-12) Always in rear, 10th of 13, 12l behind Jehu (9-3) at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.