One, she needs a small field (ideally on turf) and has form figures of: 34141111116512633 (8-17) when racing in fields of eight or fewer runners on grass.
Two, she peaks in July and August and her small-field turf record in these months stands at: 14111111533 (7-11).
She returned to form with a 20-1 third of eight at Ayr last time and the two that finished in front of her – Dubawi Fifty and Tor, both won next time (at 5-1 and 6-1 respectively). She pulled a massive 15 lengths clear of the fourth that day and, though the forecast heavy rain is a slight concern, she looks over-priced at around the 8-1 mark.
At the start of this year I assumed that THEYDON GREY (stall 10 of 17) would improve for switching from Peter Charalambous to William Haggas and bet accordingly when he turned up at Yarmouth in April. However, the 15-8 favourite could only finish fourth of the six runners under Pat Cosgrave. I went in again at York when he was Ryan Moore-ridden next time but he could only scrape into a place, finishing a 10-length fourth of 17. I’d given up by the time he ran at York just ten days later but this time he was coaxed to a 5-1 victory by Georgia Cox. The trainer’s quote (from The Racing Post website) after that win was most telling – “Mrs Haggas rides Theydon Grey at home all the time and she told Georgia not to hit him as he doesn't go any faster if you do. She gave him a fine ride.” Two more York wins followed (100-30 and 5-2) and Maureen Haggas singled out Georgia Cox for praise after the latest one on 15 July – “Georgia has ridden Theydon Grey beautifully every time, she understands that he doesn't go any faster for a belt”. Her three York runs have all come by a neck and the gelding’s record when ridden by an apprentice jockey stands at: 5164134111 (5-10), improving to: 111 (3-3) for Georgia Cox only. The pair team up again in the 2m Fine EquinITy Handicap on the Knavesmire on Wednesday (4.15) and a 3lb rise for his latest win looks generous.
Theydon Grey – York 4.15 (2pts win, 8-1 Ladbrokes, 7-1 generally)
Wor Lass – Carlisle 4.55 (1pt each-way, 8-1 generally)