Oriental Rose (dark blue and orange colours) should find The Merrywell Handicap much easier than the La Trice Classic in which she finished eighth

Punting Form race reports: Wednesday 30 January

The Merrywell Handicap will kick off the main TABtouch quaddie on Wednesday at Ascot Racecourse and the fifth event of the twilight thoroughbred race meeting presents a good opportunity for Oriental Rose to register her second victory.

A maiden winner over 1,600 metres at Northam in September, Oriental Rose resumed in December without a trial and she has had three subsequent runs under three different jockeys - Jade McNaught, Jerry Noske and Clint Johnston-Porter. McNaught, who booted home her first Saturday metropolitan winner last weekend, will resume her association with Oriental Rose in The Merrywell Handicap and the mare should appreciate dropping in class after finishing a four-and-a-quarter-length eighth in the La Trice Classic on TABtouch Perth Cup Day. Oriental Rose did not have the acceleration to surge with the likes of Celebrity Dream and Fontainebleau in the Group Three contest over 1,800m but 2,200m in a much weaker race should be much more up her alley. According to Punting Form, Oriental Rose has the best two-year performance of The Merrywell Handicap field and it rates her as the clear favourite for the Class One event.

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