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Thursday 16 June 2011

Up a bit, down a bit - 17th June

Prestige Scotland Handicap - Class 4 - 6f5y - Good To Soft - Hamilton
Grissom won this by a short head and a neck in a driving finish with Ursula and Karaka Jack and the 3 have each been raised 2lb, 3lb and 2lb respectively putting them each on marks of 80, 79 and 79. The second remains a horse to follow and will be out this weekend.

Lay Back And Win At Handicap - Class 5 - 3yo - 6f Standard - Kempton
This was won in comfortable fahion by Mosaicist who followed up her recent win under a confident Fallon ride. She caught the eye of the handicapper too who has raised her 10lb to 84, however she is definitely capable of winning again and she is going to go on to better things. Her trainer said after the race "She is improving. She just had lots of problems last season. She is bred for this trip but we are not sure where we will go with her now". Any plans for her to go to the sales though have now been shelved. Behind her here was Speighstown Kid who was by 2 1/2 lengths away and he has been dropped 2lb to 67 and we shall here more about him later in the weeks review.

Tom Jones Live On 18th June Handicap - Class 4 - 5f - Good To Soft - Haydock
Taurus Twins got his head back in front after a few runs have not gone quite right for him recently and he beat Angelo Poliziano by 3/4 of a length and has been raised 7lb to a mark of 84. 3yo Lady Royale in 5th was one that caught the eye behind as she made a bit of headway mid race which may have told in the latter stages and she should be watched next time.

Onshore Marine Medical Services Bristol Maiden H'cap - C5 - 6f16y - Gd To Firm - Chepstow
Questionnaire could be a name to keep on the lips for the next few weeks as she won this in good fashion by 3 1/2 lengths from Abeer with Muroona a further neck back in third. The winner though was fighting for her head as soon as the stalls opened and she eventually made her way over to the stands rail were she was always in command to win going away. She has been raised 8lb but she was only on 57 to begin with so a mark of 65 is not going to stop her winning again and she is due to run here again next Monday.

J T C Dobell Handicap - Class 5 - 3yo - 5f6y - Good To Soft - Sandown
Speightstown Kid ran here quickly after his 2 1/2 length 2nd behind Mosaicist 2 nights earlier and he finished 3rd to Alpha Delta Whisky beaten 3 1/2 lengths this time. The winner though has only been raised 3lb for this win unlike Mosaicists 10lb and although he may not have been as impressive he still won with a bit in hand and off a mark of 73 can be relied upon to win again. The second Grandmas Dream did well too considering she was carrying 4lb more than the winner and she has been left on the same mark of 74 and is entered at Lingfield on Saturday.

Charles Clinkard Fine Footwear Anniversary Stakes (Handicap) Class 3 - 5f Good - York
This was won by Medici Time who like Grissom earlier in the week had finished behind Wokingham fancy Addictive Dream previously. He beat Magical Macey by a length here and he had finished 5th behind Lost in Paris at Musselburgh, Ancient Cross was a short head away in third and Captain Carey a nose away in fourth. This was the winners highest winning mark to date and he has gone up a further 4lb to 85 so life wont be easy. Geoff Harker's Tombi was backed as if defeat was out of the question and was 9/1 from 25's, he finished 7th and his rating of 87 is a lot lower than the start of 2010 when he was on 103, he's won 3 times at 6f. There were 2lb drops for Rocket Bob and Haajes whose turn must come round soon. Scurry Stakes (Listed Race) Class 1 - 3yo - 5f6y - Soft - Sandown
Margot Did had no trouble with the soft ground here and fairly scooted up 5 lengths from Dinkum Diamond albeit she had the best of the draw, but even so by 5 lengths from the second who had finished 3rd in the Abernant. She is not resting on her laurels as she will be out again this Saturday up at Ayr were she is likely to take some stopping again. Her trainer had this to say after the race "She probably would have won at York without the bump which saw her saddle slip and I was sure she would turn the form round with Night Carnation and Move in Time and she has. The logical step would be the Nunthorpe as she has run well at York already and after liking this softer ground the Abbaye has to be in mind in the autumn now. She could go for the King George V at Goodwood as well as there aren't many five furlong races for her now".

Bet totepool At Handicap - Class 4 - 5f6y - Soft - Sandown
The winner Macdillon got the better of Tuarus Twins who had scored at Haydock earlier in the week. The winning margin was 1 1/4 lengths and he has been raised 6lb to a mark of 80 which is still 12 lb below his mark in 2009 when he showed decent form as a 3yo. Taurus Twins himself ran another fine race particularly as he had the worst of the draw and to finish 2nd to the winner was no disgrace.

Bond Tyres Trophy Stakes (Handicap) Class 2 - 3yo - 6f - Good - York
Lexi's Hero had only just failed to hold Strictly Pink at Pontefract, he then won at Chester off a mark of 89 before running a below par race at Newmarket. He won this very competitive 3yo sprint by a length off a mark of 95 and has been raised a further 5lb to 100. He's only had 12 starts to date so maybe capable of a bit more yet if he repeats the positive ride given here and this race has proved to be a reliable yardstick in the past. The next 5 or 6 to finish should be watched also and they were Cocktail Charlie, Acclamazing, Swiss Dream, Majestic Myles and New Planet. The latter was topweight and is obviously held in high regard by his connections as he started the season on only his 4th run of his career in the Temple Stakes, he ran well here and he was making progress towards the finish and is capable of stepping up. Forjatt was interfered with when making his effort and he too has only had 7 races to date.

Charles Henry Memorial Stakes (Handicap) Class 4 - 6f - Good - York
Last but not least Entitled took this 20 runner handicap in the manner of a good horse and she is in the right hands to continue her improvement through the ranks. She beat a good yardstick in Collect Art who has been in fine form and when the stalls opened you wouldnt have given anything for her chance as she completely fluffed it by rearing up. However Ryan Moore got her settled and she made steady progress throughout to win going away. She has been raised 8lb to 86 but one look at her relatives shows dual Group 1 winner Peeress in there so theres plenty of room for improvement yet over this trip.