Surfing The Sand

Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews the Bet totetrifecta at Fillies’ Conditions Stakes at Chelmsford City on Thursday, a Fast Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Fillies and Mares showpiece on Good Friday.

  • Tuesday 11 February
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SOLAR HEIGHTS has enough in her favour to win the latest Fast Track Qualifier for a guaranteed place at the £1 million Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday.

James Tate’s filly has four rivals to beat in the Bet totetrifecta at Fillies’ Conditions Stakes (7.00) at Chelmsford City on Thursday in her quest to reach the £150,000 Fillies and Mares showpiece.

A relative of smart stayer Dee Ex Bee, she has proven course form, having been successful over the same mile three times last year, and is favoured by the weights off her top rating of 94.

PJ McDonald, who is back on board, has won on her already and should get a nice lead from outsiderRuby Gates, who dominated a Class 6 handicap at Wolverhampton last time but looks out of her depth in this grade.

Solar Heights, a daughter of Cape Cross, gained her revenge on previous victor Geizy Teizy over the extended 1m at Wolverhampton last month and can confirm that form back at the track that suits her best.

Geizy Teizy, who is rated 14lb inferior, must compete off level weights here and doesn’t appear as straightforward as Solar Heights, as she demonstrated when hanging under pressure in that Dunstall Park handicap.

Marco Botti’s ex-Italian winner Exceed Loose may yet do better but was stretched by this kind of trip when she finished behind those two fillies at Wolverhampton and was also put in her place on her UK debut by Starlight Romance.

Linda Stubbs’s mare has hardly put a foot wrong for this stable, scoring in a Kempton handicap last month before finding only one too good there last time.

The former Richard Fahey six-year-old has 9lb to find with Solar Heights at these weights but has been competitive in good races off higher marks. She is clearly in great heart and may emerge as the one to give my selection the most to do.

Surfing The Sand

Chelmsford City 19:00, 13 February 2020

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