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Sep 30, 2013

Abbot's Whispers - Monday 30 September

RACE 1 – 2.20

Despite conceding weight to all it’s difficult to get away from the chance of OSCAR MAGIC for whom the ground has come right and he sets a fair standard for the newcomers to aim at. Both State Department and Quite By Chance could improve now their attention is turned to obstacles for the first time and the market may prove the best guide as to expectations today, with Cloudy Lady possibly the best of the remaining pair.

RACE 2 – 2.50

Spock looks the obvious choice on recent form, but he had to fight hard when winning on Friday and if those exertions have left their mark, a dual on today’s softer ground might find him out. Conditions are a bit of an unknown for BENNYS QUEST, but he’s been in such good heart this summer he gets a tentative vote. Humbel Ben is difficult to predict, but has the ability to get involved if he’s on a going day and the market usually signals when one from his yard is fancied.

RACE 3 – 3.20

FAIRYINTHEWIND hails from a yard going well and has shown herself to be in decent form since tackling handicaps. Her latest second was advertised when the winner went in again and she is a strong selection in a race in which several have questions to answer. Sash Of Honour has ability but didn’t look entirely straightforward when last seen and To The Sky might prove to be a bigger threat. The latter has already won over C&D, handled soft ground on the flat and should have plenty more to offer on only his second start for his in-form yard.

RACE 4 – 3.50

The allowance afforded to four-year-olds means that VALCO DE TOUZAINE receives plenty of weight from his rivals and as he was rated the best of these over hurdles, he should prove difficult to beat, granted a clear round of jumping. Zarzal had winning form on soft ground over hurdles and is also expected to make a decent start to his chasing career, along with Ivor’s King who was another to handle soft ground over timber.

RACE 5 – 4.20

A wide open handicap in which many can be given chances on the pick of their efforts. SPORTING BOY hasn’t had much luck over fences but was a fair tool over hurdles and is back to his last winning mark. He can give Johnny Farrelly his first success as a trainer. Delphi Mountain has fallen to a tempting mark and with the stable returning to form, could go well at fair odds. Mount Vesuvius comes here with the best recent form but has to prove himself on the ground, while Qoubilai is another that makes some appeal, although he’s an infrequent winner.

RACE 6 – 4.50

Very few of these bring any solid form in today’s contest, although Doheny Bar did manage to win on his latest start over fences. He might prove hard to beat under a positive ride, but another chance is given to CHANKILLO who may have found the ground too lively last week and makes a quick reappearance. Rock Peak is another that has the ability to make an impact at his best, as has North London. The market should guide as to the chance of Jazz City who had fair form in the past, but is returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

RACE 7 – 5.20

A few of these have the potential to improve on what they have shown to date, not least The Goldmeister who has shown winning form between the flags and hails from a yard in excellent form. He should go well, but is narrowly passed over in favour of SOLITARY PALM who has run with credit at this venue this year, shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the ground and remains feasibly treated. Golden Squirell is another likely to go well under a positive ride from the front.