Rhys Williams’ NAP is a winning pointer in Newbury

Rhys Williams has had a winning NAP in three of the last four days and looks set to continue the good run in Newbury.

“I think this will be a more appropriate test for her than any of her start under rules so far”

Can bounce back at first start for a new garden

Newbury 12:45: Victorias Peak 0.5pt o/w 40/1

Victorias Peak was well smashed into a bumper at Wincanton when last seen but I guess she’s considerably better than that performance suggests and can run well today for a big prize at the hurdle-walking debut.

She started her career with Colin Bowe and showed a good level in points and finished as close second to Shirocco’s Dream on her second start. The ground was very rough on her third start and she seemed to struggle with that, but showed a good attitude to finish in third place behind Karlie. It was a pretty weak virgin that she won on her last start for Bowe, but she did so with ease and seemed much more at home on the better terrain.

Victorias Peak was bought shortly afterwards to join Fergal O’Brien and ran well in a bumper for him at Plumpton even though the number seems inappropriate. She raced very prominently for the first circuit, but had to be dragged along and briefly lost her place as she moved away from the stands. She was blown away again by the leader going down the back before being overtaken by turning the back straight and falling back to third. She gathered strong pressure in the closing stages to be defeated by 2¾ lengths, finishing ten lengths more than third. Although the winner of that race has disappointed ever since, the third had reached a good level on the debut in a point and the fourth has since shown a fairly good level of skill over hurdles.

That was the only start from Victorias Peak for Fergal O’Brien, as she was moved to Tim Vaughan after that. She only had one run for Vaughan in a bumper at Wincanton on rough terrain and ran poorly, but her point is running and action suggests she doesn’t want deep ground so i guess that can be excused.

She has been moving again after that defeat and has now joined Milton Harris, what a positive trainer switch. I think this will be a more suitable test for her than any of her starts under the rules so far and if she can get back to the level she showed in points she could be more competitive than her price suggests.

While this is more appropriate I think she would ideally like to test a little more stamina and show skill for jumping hurdles but I think the market has overlooked her opportunity and any 25/1 or greater appeal.

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