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May 20, 2013

Abbot's Whispers - Monday 20 May

RACE 1 – 2.20

A tricky opener as several of these have questions to answer. ASIAN PRINCE looks the most solid option as he bumped into a well handicapped rival on his last start and has proved consistent since the headgear has been applied. Back On Tow was behind the selection at Taunton and is entitled to get closer on today’s terms and is another to consider. Jambobo could improve now he tackles handicaps for the first time, while a drop in grade may also help Tae Kwon Do.

RACE 2 – 2.50

Few of these have any solid form to recommend them but ISTHEREADIFFERENCE hasn’t had many chances and might be good enough to make a winning return now he encounters a decent surface. Solitary Palm boasts the best recent form, so has to be considered, along with Master Flight who has the potential to progress, having had just three starts under rules. Pirans Car also has an opportunity to improve now he tackles a handicap for the first time over fences.

RACE 3 – 3.20

A small field, but few can be ruled out with confidence. SMALIB MONTERG returned to form last week and the yard have done well with their handicap hurdlers at this venue in recent seasons, so gets the verdict ahead of Union Saint who comes here in rude health. Captain Sharpe is on a dangerous mark and goes well here, but needs to hint at a revival before being considered with confidence.

RACE 4 – 3.50

This looks to concern the two principals and while Mcllhatton will be rightly popular after his recent wide margin victory, it didn’t look the most competitive race in the world beforehand. At the likely prices, it may pay to side with GARRYLEIGH who looks to have about an equal chance on these terms. Upton Oaks may prove to be the best of the remainder.

RACE 5 – 4.20

A cracking handicap in which many have chances. FIFTYONEFIFTYONE has shown improved form since the cheekpieces were fitted and despite a hike in the weights, is fancied to continue progressing, but he’ll need to keep tabs on Miss Tenacious who is likely to make a bold bid from the front. A case could also be made for Sublime Talent and Monarch’s Way, both of whom have become reasonably handicapped and shouldn’t be far away.

RACE 6 – 4.50

There’s no absolute standout on form, but TALENTED KID should progress for last month’s debut and hails from a yard going well. Harriet’s Ark and Y A Bon are others with form to make some appeal, but as the level is by no means insurmountable, market support for newcomer My Son Harry should be noted.

RACE 7 – 5.20

There’s no doubting that Chapoturgeon is by far the best horse in the race, but it hasn’t proved easy conceding weight in this contest in the past. Nonetheless, he could prove difficult to beat, although a chance is given to PRESENTANDCORRECT who isn’t badly treated, despite racing from just outside the handicap. Similar comments apply to Lady Myfanwy and former C&D winner Himalayan Express is another that shouldn’t be disgraced.