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Thursday 3 February 2011

Up a bit, down a bit

Well this week see us start with Arganil who won with a little bit in hand at Southwell in a Class 3 Handicap there over 5f. He missed the break and then struggled to go with the early pace but when they approached the 2 furlong marker he came through the small field well and won going away, albeit by 1/2 a length. He has only been raised 2lb as a result and is now on 96 which is still some way below his best and he looks capable of winning here again.

There were a couple to take out of the following Class 5 Handicap over 5f won by Sleepy Blue Ocean namely Bookiesindex Boy and Where's Reiley. The first of those travelled through the race very well and he looked as though he was coming with a well timed run to win it, but as his want as soon as he is put under pressure he stops giving and never got up. The latter Where's Reiley ran a strange race he was last of the 14 for the first 2 furlongs before making up significant ground on the far side to be the fastest finisher and he looks like his turn isnt that far away. He came into his own at this track this time last year and won off a mark as high as 74, he is currently on 68 and his trainer has a 21% strike rate here - +£85.64.

At Kempton on 27th January Clear Praise won the Class 4 Handicap over 6f by 1 1/2 lengths from Vintage in a time of 1m 11.73s which was fast by 0.13. Simon Dow's 4yo Gelding by Songandaprayer has run all of his 7 races to date on the All Weather, winning 3 and he had little difficulty taking this off 75 coming with a wet sail down the outside from last place to win with something in hand, he has been raised 6lb to 81 as a result but he looks well capable of winning again being only lightly raced.