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Aug 30, 2013

Abbot's Whispers - Racing Preview Saturday 31 August

RACE 1 – 2.10

Much depends on the ability of the newcomers, but it’s difficult to get away from the chance of WALTER WHITE who improved for the fitting of a tongue-tie when scoring over C&D earlier this month. Both Complexity and Studfarmer managed to win on the flat and the pair look likely to give the selection most to do. With both hailing from yards in good order, the market should guide as to what is expected on their hurdling debuts today.

RACE 2 – 2.45

Several of these have questions to answer and while MINELLA BLISS is an infrequent winner, he’s been running well of late and might prove good enough. Diamond Eclipse is dangerously well handicapped and hails from a yard beginning to go well, but needs forgiving some tame efforts. Solitary Palm is another that needs to leave a poor run behind, but he might be sharper this time and is another that’s feasibly treated.

RACE 3 – 3.20

Anton Dolin knows how to win and although he was disappointing when last seen, it’s not the first time he’s run poorly after winning. If back on song, he should go very close. Quadriller is another recent winner who can be given claims, but neither are totally convincing and it might pay to side with EDGEWORTH who might be fairly treated from the bottom of the weights on his handicap debut. The market should dictate as to what is expected from Koralsdarling.

RACE 4 – 3.55

Last year’s winner SHOEGAZER made a satisfactory return over hurdles four week’s ago, which will have blown away the cobwebs. He can complete the double. Kian’s Delight represents a stable in cracking form and he’s by no means overburdened on his handicap debut. Although lacking in experience, he could pose the chief threat. Twirling Magnet is another that comes here in good order, from a yard in form. Toubab is better than his from figures imply and is nicely handicapped at his best.

RACE 5 – 4.30

A competitive handicap in which few can be ruled out with confidence. SOUTHWAY QUEEN has been collared by an improving type the last twice and although she’s yet to win a race, she’s not totally exposed over this marathon trip and deserves to get her head in front. Tarvini is well treated on his best form, but he does race lazily at times and the worry is he might get caught out on this sharp track. Both Thornton Alice and William Percival come here at the top of their game and can also be considered.

RACE 6 – 5.05

Mibleu is a likeable veteran who usually goes well at this venue. Despite a stiff mark, his talented rider cam claim a valuable 5lb, so he’s likely to be bang there, although marginal preference is for WESTER ROSS who contested a better race than this when second last time. Not badly treated on the pick of his best form, the selection should relish the fast ground. Engai is making his handicap debut over fences and is likely to go well, along with former point winner Easily Pleased.

RACE 7 – 5.35

Not many of these can be relied on with total confidence, but HIMRAYN has the most solid recent form, only finding a well treated rival too good over C&D last week. A reproduction of that effort might prove good enough. The Nephew also makes plenty of appeal as he’s only had a handful of outings in handicap company and may improve for the fitting of a visor today. Dalrymple might prove the best of the remainder.