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Pos Horse Odds
1st Garswood 5/1
2nd Zoola (IRE) 8/1
3rd Boston Rocker (IRE) 7/4

Brown hopes for Pearl

20th September 2012, 05:15pm

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New Pearl: Ayr entry

New Pearl: Ayr entry

View from connections ahead of the Shadwell Stud Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr on Friday.

David Brown is hopeful softer conditions can help talented juvenile New Pearl bounce back to form in a wide-open Shadwell Stud Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr.

The five-furlong Listed prize is the feature event on Friday's card, which is subject to an early-morning inspection after heavy rain forced the abandonment of this afternoon's action.

New Pearl looked a potential star when making a dazzling debut at Newmarket in early May, but he has been largely disappointing since, most recently finishing down the field in a valuable sales race at York.

Brown said: "We've decided to come back to five furlongs with him and the ground is going to be soft, but he showed at Newmarket than he can handle softer ground, so hopefully that will be all right for him.

"I think I've got him in good order and maybe the faster ground we've been running him on just hasn't been suiting him.

"Back over five (furlongs) on a bit softer ground, hopefully we can get him back on track."

Boston Rocker is a major contender for Irish trainer Eddie Lynam, having filled the runner-up spot on her last three starts.

Lynam said: "She has handled testing ground in Ireland, so hopefully she'll be all right. I just hope the meeting goes ahead.

"She's come close to winning a couple of Listed races at home and it would be nice to win one with her as she's a smart filly with a smashing pedigree.

"She's going over there in good form."

Andrew Heffernan's Zoola was behind Boston Rocker at Tipperary last time and she too makes the trip to Scotland.

Heffernan said: "She's in great form, but I suppose Eddie Lynam's horse will be difficult to beat.

"The ground is also a bit of a concern for our filly, but there are limited options for her. I don't think there are any more five-furlong races for her in Ireland and that's her trip at the moment."

Alan Bailey is hoping for a decent showing from Baddilini, who will encounter much more testing conditions than when successful on quick ground at Haydock last time.

The trainer said: "I'd quite fancy him if it's on as he's a nice horse and he won with a bit in hand at Haydock last time.

"The ground is obviously going to be different, but I think he'd go on reasonably soft ground. We'll just have to see what happens."

Rivellino is a fascinating contender for Elaine Burke, having finished third when sent off favourite for his Ascot debut.

The winner of that race, Moohaajim, went on to run with great credit in the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville.

Karl Burke, assistant to his wife, said: "He's a horse we like a hell of a lot. He's still a bit of a baby but we think he is up to this grade.

"He ran very well at Ascot and then went to York to go and win his maiden but wouldn't go in the stalls. He's passed a stalls test since then and hopefully he'll be OK.

"I'll walk the course in the morning and as long as the ground isn't too soft he'll take his chance.

"He has a good draw (stall 10) and it doesn't look the strongest of Listed races. We think he's very good, so fingers crossed."

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