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Wilderness Girl

Wilderness Girl was unlucky not to finish closer than she did in the seven-furlong three-year-olds’ handicap at Haydock last Saturday. Smartly away from stall one, she settled nicely for Harry Davies just behind the leader Zero Carbon and along the inside. She travelled well up the home straight, but she just couldn’t get a gap when her rider wanted to go forward. Zero Carbon travelled well in front of her, and even when he quickened, with Spirit Of Nguru appearing on the outside, no gap materialised. She only finished fourth in the end, but she was beaten a total of just a length and a half, the first five were clear, and it appeared that she finished full of running.

Andrew Balding’s filly was racing for just the fifth time here, and she remains progressive. The handicapper dropped her by 3lb after she finished down the field in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot, to a mark of 90, which meant that she could compete in this 0-90 contest, and he has left her on that mark, so she will be of interest now in a similar contest. Winner of a seven-furlong maiden on easy ground at Glorious Goodwood last July, she will be of particular interest when the ground eases again.
Haydock, 2nd July 2022