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Aug 20, 2013

Abbot's Whispers - Preview Wednesday 21 August

RACE 1 – 5.40

None of those with experience have form that is insurmountable and this is likely to go to one of the hurdle debutants. Relentless is the only winner in the field and commands maximum respect for a pairing that can do little wrong, but he’s likely to be plenty short enough and a chance is taken with BALTIC BLADE. The selection had a reasonable level of form on the flat and hails from a yard that were responsible for the winner of a similar contest last week.

RACE 2 – 6.10

Much will depend on how ROBOBAR has come out of Sunday’s race and although he finished quite tired, he looked to have scope for further improvement and may prove hard to beat, if allowed to take his chance today. Solitary Palm looks next best and would be the selection should the likely favourite not take his chance, while Hazeldene could prove troublesome if allowed an easy lead.

RACE 3 – 6.40

KILBREE KID has done well for current connections following a successful stint pointing and is fancied to continue his progression. He beat a subsequent winner when scoring over C&D last month and can take this at the expense of Experimentalist who is narrowly preferred over Rob Conti, in what should be a close contest for minor honours.

RACE 4 – 7.10

This only looks to concern the top two in the market and there is likely to be little between them judged on their Ludlow run where Bold Chief came out on top, albeit in receipt of weight from OSCARGO. While ratings suggest the former should confirm the form, neither has raced on ground faster than good and with a chance Oscargo might handle conditions the better of the pair, he’s worth a sporting bet to topple the likely favourite.

RACE 5 – 7.40

Royal Peak has blossomed since tackling longer trips and although he doesn’t win by far, he should remain competitive under his 7lb penalty today. However, JIGSAW FINANCIAL is in equally good form and presents a stiffer test than the likely favourite has encountered in recent starts. Both Theoystercatcher and Blue Signal would have claims if progressing for the application of new headgear.

RACE 6 – 8.10

Dreamsof theatre has progressed since tackling longer trips and despite a rise in the weights for his latest victory, still looks the most likely winner, although at short odds in a competitive race, there might be some value in taking him on. Despite racing from outside the handicap SOUTHWAY QUEEN is weighted to get very close to the favourite judged on last month’s effort over C&D and she’s fancied to run better than her odds might suggest. Sapphire Rouge remains well treated and heads a number of threats, in a race where few can be ruled out at their best.