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MassRally(pictured)madeyesterdayadaytorememberforusatYorkasheranoutatasty14/1winnerunderacoolridefromPaulMulrennan。

ThechampagnecorkswerepoppinglastnightinFreeBetsHeretowers。

Let’shopeforasimilarresulttoday,althoughweonlycouldfindoneselectiontoputforward。

AfterloadedourpuntinggunfullyonSoundOfGunsattheweekend,andthenherbeingwithdrawnduetothesoftgroundatNottingham,itwouldbestupidofusnottofollowherinagaintoday。

Theclassythree-year-oldrunsintheBritishStallionStudsSupportingBritishRacingEBFConditionsStakesat3:50(nottelevisedonChannel4)andwe’renotasconfidentaswewereonSaturday,butshe’sstillworthapokeat100/30。

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ThereasonourfaithhasdroppedslightlyisthefactanotherhorsewerespectSmoothtalkinrascalhasbeenenteredagainsthertoday,andDavidO’Meara’shorsecommandsbigrespect。

However,SoundOfGunsisafillywehavebeenexcitedabouteversincesheraninaveryhotrenewaloftheNellGwynnStakesatNewmarket’sCravenmeetinginApril。

Herfinishingpositionofseventhhardlywillaspiremanygoingthroughtheformbook,butifyouwatchtherace,therearebigpositivestotake。

SoundOfGunswasarguabletravellingjustaswellasthefrontthreewhentheraceapproachedthethree-furlongpole,andlookedsettomakeachallengeofsomesort。

However,shewasthemeatinthesandwichofsomehustleandbustlewhichsawjockeyLukeMorrishavetosnatchherupandshelostsixorsevenlengths。

Herracewasoverfromthatpoint,butwithouthavingtoaskhertoomanyquestionsMorriscanteredthefillyhometofinishseventhandpassedfiveorsixhorsesalongtheway。

Shewasfullofrunning。

Now,it’shardtosayhowcloseshewouldhavegottothefrontthreeofHotSnap,subsequent1000GuineaswinnerSkyLanternandadmirableGuineasfourthWinningExpress,butjudgingbythewayshewastravellingatthetime,wefeelshewouldhaveplayedapartinthefinish。

Nowifwe’recorrectonthatassumption,shehasthescopetobeamongsomeofthetopfilliesaroundthisyearandifshe’sasgoodaswethink,sheshouldhavethemeasureofherrivalstoday。

ThepowerofTwittermeantwehadaconversationwithhertrainerEdWalkerlastnight,whosaid,regardingherNellGwynnperformance:“Frustrating。

Itdidntansweranystaminaquestionsbutshewastookeenhencedroppingbacktosprintingfornow。



WalkerwentontoaddthatthepredictedsunnyspellsonKnavesmiretodaywillberightinherfavourassheisverymuchatopofthegroundfilly。

WhenaskedifWalkerwasconfident,hesaid:“Wouldbemoresoonbettergroundbutwillappreciatereturntosprinting。



Aswementioned,Smoothtalkingrascalisathreattoourgirlonhisform-lineswithZanettofromearlierintheseason。

He,likeSoundOFGuns,isaverystrongtravellerandwillalsorelishanydryingoftheground。

Butwefeeltheedgeiswiththefillyandshecancontinuethegoodrecordfemaleshaveintherace,havingwonthreeofthelastfourrenewals。

It’saveryintriguingcardatYorktoday,butalthoughwetriedandtriedtofindanotherfancy,wejustthoughttheracingwastoocompetitivetogetinvolved。

TheDanteStakes,theykeytrialfortheDerby,cameontoourradaraswereallydon’tratetheformofWindhoek,GhurairandGreatwoodfromasupposedhotsalesraceatNewmarket。

However,wecouldn’tsplittheotherchallengers,whichincludetheIndianChief,SecretNumberandTradingLeather。