Saturday’s Action: Kalane can strike in Mares Finale
2.35 NEWBURY: EBF & TBA MARES´ “NATIONAL HUNT” NOVICES´ HURDLE FINALE LIMITED HANDICAP (Listed Race) (2m5f)
The race of the day on what is, in truth, an ordinary Saturday of racing and it couldn’t be more competitive. Dusky Legend has been withdrawn this morning but that still leaves us with a wide open field of seventeen mares going to post. Nicky Henderson’s Spartan Angel currently heads the market but the lightly raced 7yo will have to step up on all known form, although she does hail from a yard that knows what it takes to win this valuable contest.
Another lightly raced mare that caught my eye, is the Charlie Longsdon trained Kalane. The 6yo is a bit of an unknown quantity having only been seen twice this season but she easily beat a subsequent two time winner on her British debut in October and ran well for a long time on her reappearance from a break in Listed company at Exeter last time.
The drying ground should be ideal for her and she could be open to even more improvement now stepped up in trip for the first time. At this stage it is hard to know just how good she could be and hopefully she can take this race before going on to better things.
Twentytwo’s Taken and Hannah’s Princess were both very impressive winners last time and are given plenty of respect, particularly the latter who may handle today’s conditions a little better. Of the bigger priced animals, I would agree with my colleague, Dean Ryan who has put up Taniokey as a possible player on his Today’s Info section. The 5yo should appreciate today’s better ground and also hails from a yard that knows how to win this race.
4.55 NEWBURY: DOOM BAR BARISTA BAR CHELMSFORD HANDICAP CHASE (2m1f)
Today’s other bet comes in the finale on the card at Newbury and it comes in the form of the Jamie Snowden trained Major Milbourne. Unfortunately we have had one withdrawal this morning which takes away the e/w angle but it still may be worth having a small wager on Snowden’s 7yo.
Short priced favourite, Village Vic will prove very hard to beat on the evidence of his course and distance win last time but he jumped a little to his left at times and that may just be a little chink in his armour. Major Milbourne’s only career win came at this track in December and he was unlucky to bump into a vastly improving sort back here last time.
He is a very consistent performer and he may have plenty more to come over the larger obstacles on just his fifth chase start. Tom George’s French import, Cernunnos is interesting on his British debut, whilst Tresor De Bontee is another to consider, although he may have wanted a little more cut in the ground.
Kevin Walsh 21/3/15
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