Dark Horses: Paris Rose to bloom

haggasWILLIAM Haggas has made an excellent start to the season and PARIS ROSE could continue his good run at Warwick today. This filly was rated one of his nicest two-year-olds last season but only saw the track once in a soft ground maiden at Doncaster behind The Lark, in which she ran ok. She is expected to step up on that effort today on better ground in the 4.10 and she also holds a Ribblesdale entry at Royal Ascot. She could be anything.

SAUCY MINX did this column a good turn when finishing second at a nice price at Newmarket the other week. She was unlucky not to win as she was carried left by the eventual winner, with the pair pulling clear. She seeks compensation in the 1m maiden at Kempton at 3.15. It looks like a warm race with a likely hot favourite in Michael Stoute’s Mango Diva. But Saucy Minx should go very well. Last Hooray is also highly regarded and is a surefire future winner.

There is little doubt that SNOQUALMIE CHIEF is better than his form figures suggest. David Elsworth spoke encouragingly of this Montjeu colt last summer and he showed glimmers of promise, especially on his second start at Salisbury. The firm ground is a slight worry in the 4.15 at Bath today and he would also be 3lb better off with Reggae Star and Estiqaama if this was a handicap, but a big run is expected.

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