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Del Mar

Race 5

Naughty Nadine

Manuel Badilla – Abel Cedillo

3-year-old filly; The Last Lion – Glen Molly (Danetime)

Previously trained by Mick Appleby. A maiden after 12 starts, Naughty Nadine reflects on the rather sorry state British racing finds itself in. Prize-money has, for years, lagged behind inflation, and British trainers are finding themselves unable to stave off offers for top horses from the US and Hong Kong, a situation that is likely to get worse before it gets better. By any measure, Naughty Nadine doesn’t fall into the “top horses” bracket, but the fact that this four-time placed filly was bought for under 14k dollars and can compete here for 46k shows what British trainers are up against. Indeed, those four places have accrued Naughty Nadine just 7.5k dollars in earnings, while the 1 horse here, Perfectible Lady, has taken home nearly 34k for hitting the board the same amount of times.

But what of Naughty Nadines chances in this spot? Well, she is tough, versatile and consistent, seeming to handle most ground, although untried on anything soft than good-to-soft to date. She is largely sprint bred, but does have a place to her name over an extended mile and shouldn’t have too much issue with the distance here, and should ultimately prove effective over 6-8f. It’s a little concerning that she has left a yard that is renowned for finding the key to horses winless, but she has, at least, joined a barn with good numbers off the plane and she will very likely be ready to roll here. We think she can run to a Beyer of around 69, and that would give her solid claims of adding to that prize-money total.

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