Oct 10, 2013
Abbot's Whispers - Preview Friday 11th October
RACE 1 – 1.50
Not the easiest race to asses, with a couple of interesting newcomers in the field. Keychain sets the standard on his Irish form and should go well for new connections today, but a chance is taken with the newcomer ABRACADABRA SIVOLA. The selection may benefit from a longer trip in time, but he makes his debut in a winnable race and might prove good enough. Harristown didn’t show much on the flat, but has joined a yard in excellent form and is another newcomer that could go well.
RACE 2 – 2.20
Only one of the field has jumped a hurdle in public, so another race that is difficult to evaluate. Even If is the one with experience and even though his sole attempt over hurdles was unconvincing, it would be no surprise to see much better now he returns from a break with his yard in good form. He rates a big danger, but preference is for THE SKYFARMER who had experience of obstacles in points and hails from a yard whose runners have been performing exceptionally well on their reappearances in recent weeks. It will be interesting to see if Man Of Steel can replicate his good bumper form on today’s more testing ground.
RACE 3 – 2.55
IVOR’S KING made a good impression on his chasing debut when seeing off a Paul Nicholls trained four-year-old and looks fairly treated for his handicap debut under a 7lb penalty. Catch Tammy hasn’t been the easiest to predict in the past, but he could progress following his latest success and rates a danger along with Suerte Al Salto who hails from a yard in good form. Ulis De Vassy is another improver and would be a danger to all, if allowed an easy lead.
RACE 4 – 3.30
Trainer Emma Lavelle has her team in good order, so recent course winner Kangaroo Court has to be high on the shortlist, although he’ll need to be at the top of his game to defy an 11lb rise. While he may go close, he could be vulnerable to a less exposed type and WILTON MILAN fits the bill. This represents a drop in grade from his first handicap assignment and if he’s fresh and well after a summer break, he should be capable of defying a reasonable looking mark. Uncle Jimmy is another unexposed type who warrants respect.
RACE 5 – 4.05
A few of these have shown improved form in recent starts, including JAYANDBEE who scored in convincing fashion over C&D in August. Unfortunate to fall on his subsequent start when hampered, he’s fancied to continue his progression. Kilvergan Boy comes here on the back of a recent win and remains fairly treated and rates a big threat, along with Joe The Rogue. The latter is possibly worth forgiving his recent defeat which came relatively quickly after his Fontwell victory and it would be no surprise if he were to build on that earlier success.
RACE 6 – 4.40
It’s difficult to get away from the chance of HE’S OUR LAD who’d still be in the mix if he runs a stone below his best handicap form. Although the absence is a concern, he hails from a yard going very well and all things considered, he’s the one they all have to beat. Run Along Boy is always more likely to place than win, but he’s entitled to go well and is one to consider, along with Anger Management who drops in grade and Vimiero who would also have claims if putting his best foot forward.
RACE 7 – 5.10
An interesting bumper with some top stables represented and as Jonjo O’Neill does well with his bumper runners here, it would be no surprise to see newcomer CHAMPAGNE AT TARA make a decent start to his career under rules. August Hill sets a decent standard of those to have run and while she should go well, albeit possibly vulnerable a more progressive rival. Fourth Act fits into that category and is entitled to maximum respect, while debutant Sutes might be able to nick a place at fair odds.