Horses To Follow » Ummalnar


The other filly to take out of the Rosemary Stakes was Ummalnar, who ran better than her finishing position suggests on her first run back after a long break. Weak in the market beforehand, she was slowly away and she was held up early on by Tom Marquand. A little keen through the first couple of furlongs, she was last passing the five-furlong marker but, moved towards the far side, she travelled well into the Dip, and she picked up well over there before she appeared to tire. She just kept on on the far side to finish eighth, in a race in which the protagonists raced prominently and towards the near side.

It was a satisfactory comeback run by William Haggas’ mare on her first run in 440 days. Unraced as a juvenile, she won two of her three races as a three-year-old, and she was impressive in winning a one-mile fillies’ handicap at Ascot on her second and final run last year off a mark of 90. She is five years old now, but she has raced just six times in her life. She has obviously had her issues, but she is talented, and she could still be a well-handicapped filly on a mark of 98.

A mile is a good trip for her and, while she may not want the ground to be too soft, we know that she goes well on good and fast ground, and she is one for one on all-weather.

Newmarket, 25th September 2020