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Friday 20 April 2012

Up a bit, down a bit

This weeks look back starts with Divine Call who won the Class 5 handicap at Warwick over 5f on 9th April beating My Kingdom by a length. In doing so the winner, who was rated 72, recorded a topspeed figure of 82 and an RPR of 85. The son of Pivotal was having his first start for Milton Bradley and was probably suited by the Good to Soft and he was well on top towards the finish and looks capable or going well again granted similar conditions. He has been raised 6lbs to 78 with the seond raised 3lb also to 78.
In the next race a Condtions Stakes run over 6f New Planet got the better of Bathwick Bear by 2 1/2 lengths with a neck back to the useful Mac's Power who probably wasnt suited by the small field. The winner has since finished in the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket.

Another to show improved form was Es Que Love at Pontefract on 10th April over 6f when beating Yeeoow by a length with 1 1/4 lengths back to the 80 rated Springinmystep. The winner made all in this Class 3 contest and its not often you see Mark Johnston send out a sprinter but he had been influenced by Sylvester De Sousa's comments that he would be suited by a sprint trip. He reappeared at Newmarket on Wednesday with  6lb penalty and won a Class 2 Handicap decisively by 2 lengths, once again making all. He looks to be on the up.with a further 6/7lb rise looking likely. The second at Pontefract Yeeoow, on this showing, looks capable of going one better shortly having himself clocked a topspeed figure of 81. Behind were Indego Blues in 9th who could be capable of better for Dandy Nicholls at some stage and he has been dropped 2lb to 76 as has the brother to Hoof It, the aptly named Bop It, who is now on a mark of 80.

Boucher Garcon has been on little handicap spree for his trainer Declan Carroll having run 3 times in the space of 6 days winning twice and coming second on the third attempt and in doing so has been raised a total of 18lb by the handicapper. Perhaps we should play close attention to the trainers entries if entering one up for a similar run in future.