Fillies could play a key part in Friday’s Goffs UK Spring Sale P2P Flat Race at Aintree (8.50pm).
Of the 13 eligible entries for the two-mile one-furlong contest, four are fillies who are in contention to win the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's 3-2-1 Bonus, a cash prize of up to £3,000 given to the owner of the first filly across the line. You Too Bonny Lass, who sizzled the turf in a JRL Group Flat Race at Hereford last month, and Granny's Secret (pictured left above under Aaron Rid), who scored in a similar event at Bangor-on-Dee, are two to note, while Mount Nelly scooped the TBA's bonus cash when fourth at Exeter in the season's first point-to-point Flat race. Roseisaroseisarose is the fourth filly – she was runner-up in a JRL Group Flat Race at Barbury Racecourse in December.
Competition from the boys looks tough, however, and includes an entry from Merchant House, who won the Exeter race in which Mount Nelly was fourth.
Durouyn was visually impressive when winning a division of the JRL Group Flat Race at Hereford, and his time was nearly a second quicker than You Too Bonny Lass, although she won by 28 lengths, and he will have to concede 11lb to her on Friday. Bryan Carver, who rode You Too Bonny Lass at Hereford (the pair pictured below), claims a 5lb allowance.
Garry Clermont has been entered to make his first start for trainer Jonjo O'Neill after changing hands for £150,000 at Tattersalls' Cheltenham February Sale. He won a two-and-a-half-mile maiden at Bangor ahead of that auction appearance, while Bird On The Wire won a JRL Group Flat Race and a three-mile maiden point-to-point before selling for £50,000 at Goffs UK's Aintree Sale. He has been entered to run from the stable of Don McCain, who bought him on that occasion.
Phil Rowley, who trained Bird On The Wire up to the point of his sale, has entered Bitterley winner Quinta Do Mar. That was his only start to date, which compares to the nine races tackled by Eden Collonges, the most experienced horse in the field – this season he has won a short-distance maiden and followed up with two victories over three miles.
Wonderful Dreamer, another with placed form in a JRL Group Flat Race, the Woodford maiden-race winner Dino Boy and the Revesby Park scorer Tom O'Roughley complete the possible runners.
Woodbrook Boy, who was unplaced in a maiden hurdle at Cork on Saturday, and Jack's A Legend, who has yet to run in a point-to-point, are entered, but ineligible.