Permission holds good claims for Rose again

Back Permission Granted @ 5/1 in the 13:07 at Newcastle

A frustrating day yesterday as the horses that were on the shortlist but didn’t make the cut all ran well. Hash Tag Be Kind, Getaway Lucy and Prince Dundee all collected silver medals at big prices, and Captain Quint won very nicely for Rose Dobbin, but our two selections disappointed, even with Emitom opposed.

I am with Dobbin for Thursday, though, and her last-time-out winner Permission Granted can get us off to a good start.

He won a fairly moderate race at Ayr last time, but he had good ground and 3m, and he seems to enjoy the better going. And with the lack of rain at the moment, he is surely up to winning a race of this calibre.

The Ayr success was only the second of his career, but he won in Scotland last winter by a massive 9L, again on a drier surface and his stamina is a major asset too.

He’s only up 5lb and the second favourite Idic Boy looks beatable, while Dobbin continues to have her team in good nick with 14 winners so far this season at a strike-rate of 30%.

Out of a dam called Ask The Misses, he should have his optimum conditions today.

Lulu’s sister can be the best in the family

Back Betty Baloo @ 4/7 in the 14:07 at Newcastle

Small fields are the order of the day at Newcastle, although you will have to travel a long way to see a worse race than the 12:37 opener. Two mares in a handicap rated 69 and 88 respectively don’t figure too high on the list, but I am looking forward to seeing Betty Baloo in the mares’ maiden.

It’s not a surprise she’s at 10/11, but I thought she’d be a little shorter as she was a quality bumper runner. Her debut was about as emphatic as you can get, clocking a good time on good ground at Southwell last spring by 4L – giving her trainer Tim Easterby his first winner in that sphere for five years.

She wasn’t fancied that day at all in the market at 25/1, but she sauntered to victory on the decent ground and the second subsequently boosted the form to win at Fontwell soon after.

The 5yo was even better at Hexham, travelling all over a field that included a fancied Stuart Crawford favourite to win by another 4L.

Her hurdles’ debut at Hexham earlier this month should have banked a win, but she made a couple of errors and the final one put paid to her chances as the blunder cost her victory.

Breeder Rod Metcalfe’s lovely brown silks have been worn by his other ‘Baloo’ horses, Lulu, Milly and Bonnie, (all out of his Kayf Tara broodmare Tarabaloo) and the first two both won at Hexham and Newcastle and wanted a trip, so a stiff track like today’s will suit her, and she’ll want 2m4f to 3m herself in time.

Her and her sister Lulu Baloo are fourth-generation homebreds for the Yorkshire breeder, and she could turn out to be the best in the family as she has plenty of ability.

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