Straightforward Filly Can Get The Prize At Epsom
Follow-Up Win On The Cards For Channon Three-Year-Old
After one run as a two-year-old, QUIRKY GERTIE was put away for a year by Mick Channon before being reintroduced on soft ground at Lingfield last May. It was a promising run, the daughter of Fast Company finishing really well after running green early on and she was made an odds-on favourite for her next run where she very slightly disappointed in going down a length to Zephyrina.
Another close second followed, before she made amends in no uncertain style last weekend, sluicing home by an easy four lengths from Voltaic. The latter might be a professional loser as that was his fifth consecutive second and the race was a maiden, but Gertie now knows how to win and she is top rated on BTO figures. Also to her advantage is the 16 from 61 win return of Channon at Epsom (90% better than expected) and the one win from one attempt at the course by her rider, apprentice Scott McCullagh.
POET'S MAGIC, who went close over course and distance a fortnight ago will present serious competition, and her trainer and jockey (Portman/Currie) are three from 17 here, but the filly is up two pounds for that run which might just stop her. Ruth Carr sends just one horse, IFTON, down from North Yorkshire and his credentials are sound but the stable is now 35 runs without a win.
At the widely available 2/1, Quirky Gertie looks pretty uncomplicated.