Horses To Follow » Coconut


Coconut put up a nice performance to win the 12-furlong three-year-olds’ maiden. Settled nicely in mid-division early on by Jamie Spencer, she travelled best of all to the two-furlong marker. It was significant that Jamie Spencer made the decision to move her towards the outside on the run to the furlong marker, he obviously felt that his filly was travelling well enough to allow him do that, instead of running the risk of not getting a clear path towards the far side. Once in the clear, the Australia filly picked up smartly and she stayed on well all the way to the line to post an impressive victory.

It was a good performance by Ed Walker’s filly, and the form looks solid. The two horses who, with her, were towards the head of the market, Bright Start and Solar Screen, both of whom had and still have plenty of potential, filled the places behind her, and she stretched clear to win well. This was her fourth run, she has steadily progressed with each run, and she was racing here on the easiest ground on which she has raced to date. She is a well-bred filly, by Australia out of Sun Chariot Stakes winner Spinning Queen, but she stays a mile and a half well, and she will be interesting now stepped up in grade. She holds an entry in a fillies’ handicap at Goodwood on Sunday, and she will be of interest if she takes up that entry.

Newbury, 15th August 2020