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2.30 – HEINEKEN MEDIAN AUCTION MAIDEN STAKES
It is not often that you get such a tight betting heat in a Maiden of this nature, but plenty of these will fancy their chances in a wide open contest. LITTLE PALAVER has put in two good efforts to date, the best of which was when going down by just 3/4 length to a subsequent Group 2 placed horse at Salisbury last time. This looks like a good opportunity for Clive Cox’s charge and he is taken to get the better of the progressive Fingal’s Cave and Richard Hannon’s newcomer Elysian Flyer.
3.00 – FOSTERS MEDIAN AUCTION MAIDEN STAKES
It is very hard to oppose the likely odds on favourite ZORA SEAS in this 1 mile contest, with Brian Meehan’s 3yo having made a good start to his career when 3rd in a decent Maiden at Ascot. She shaped like a cut in the ground may suit that day and she should prove too good for the likes of Bookmaker and Avon Scent.
3.35 – STRONGBOW HANDICAP
The assistance of first time blinkers and the talented 7lb claimer Kieran Shoemark can see CARRERA take this weak looking handicap. Michael Blanshard’s 4yo has slipped back to a workable mark despite a good effort at Lingfield last time. Has only recorded one win so far in 20 starts but this looks like a good opportunity to get his head in front again. The consistent Greyemkay has won over course and distance and is the main threat, whilst it will be interesting to see how Lion Court gets on, on his return to action after over 1000 days.
4.05 – BULMERS CIDER HANDICAP
Crystal Lake will prove hard to beat under a penalty for a fine Windsor win, where today’s rival Set The Trend followed him home. Patrick O’Donnell negates the 6lbs penalty so things look good for Ralph Beckett’s charge if none the worse for that Windsor effort. He looks a safe bet but a chance is taken on Peter Makin’s UNISON at a better price. The 4yo is in the best form of his career at the minute and having gone close in a decent contest at Ascot last time, may just be nicely treated here with ground to suit.
4.40 – DAVIES CHEMISTS HANDICAP
Frustrating is not the word for WASEEM FARIS who has cost me plenty of money in the past. I am not one to hold a grudge though and I will give him one more chance in this 5f handicap. The 5yo should be head and shoulders above today’s rivals if showing his best. He was very unlucky at Goodwood last time when getting no room and with Richard Hughes in the saddle for the first time, this could be the day for Mick Channon’s charge who needs to be delivered late. The consistent pair of Whitecrest and First In Command will give him most to do.
5.15 – AT THE RACES HANDICAP
Curbyourenthusiasm will take all the beating here having only been beaten 5 lengths by the extremely progressive Maid In Rio last time on his handicap debut and looks nicely treated on that run. Eye Of The Tiger will have tongues wagging again on debut for Johnny Murtagh having been embroiled in the Barney Curley gamble last time and has strong claims, as does recent Windsor winner Classical Art. A chance though is taken on Ralph Beckett’s handicap debutante GREEN LIGHT who has shown plenty of ability in three maiden starts this season and may just be nicely treated, with the step up in trip a positive.
5.45 – BURNS PET NUTRITION HANDICAP
PINK DIAMOND should be able to make it 2 from 3 in handicap starts in the finale on the card. The 3yo got off the mark at Salisbury two starts ago and was just denied at Leicester last time. This step up in trip should bring more out of Eve Johnson Houghton’s filly and it would be a surprise to see her beaten. Highlife Dancer may prove to be next best.
By Kevin Walsh 12/8/14
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