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Aug 31, 2013

Abbot's Whispers - Racing Preview Sunday 1 September

RACE 1 – 2.20

There’s no doubting that Falcarragh sets the standard, but he looked a shade awkward at Worcester and made hard work of beating some modest rivals. He may well complete the three-timer, but a chance is taken with NATIVE COLONY who hasn’t had the opportunity to show what he’s capable of for his current yard. The Finger Post isn’t easy to assess following a maiden win in Ireland, but he too could be capable of taking a hand.

RACE 2 – 2.50

This looks to revolve around the top two in the betting and while there isn’t much between the pair, BOLD CHIEF appeals as the one most able to continue progressing and is fancied to land this at the expense of Dineur. The ground may possibly be against Pateese today, so Hansupfordetroit might prove best of the remainder.

RACE 3 – 3.20

A fiercely competitive handicap in which many can be given chances, not least Rum And Butter who has won his last two at this venue and should still be bang in the mix ,despite a huge rise in the weights. However, this is also a good opportunity for local trainer Martin Hill to bag a decent prize with SHERIFF HUTTON who showed improved form on his latest start, which has been advertised by the second and fifth winning since. My Brother Sylvest is extremely well treated on his best chase form and has to be respected from last year’s winning stable, while Kylenoe Fairy is another who is on a handy mark and might be able to nick a place at fair odds.

RACE 4 – 3.50

Not many of these are proving that consistent, so course regular Lord Lescribaa has to enter the equation having won two of his last three starts over C&D. He’s the type to prove vulnerable to anything progressive, though, so TERFEL’S TOSCAR might prove the answer in a trappy contest. The selection probably ran a career best in defeat when last seen and today’s race represents a slight drop in class. Basil Fawlty is another that could go well, especially if the application of a hood has the desired effect.

RACE 5 – 4.25

A weak maiden hurdle and it should pay to concentrate on those at the head of the market. Both KAYALAR and To The Sky have managed to win a race on the flat, with slight preference for the former as he’s shown some promise on fast ground. To The Sky has done most of his racing in Ireland on a soft surface, and while that’s not to say he won’t handle faster conditions, he’ll be a short enough price considering some guesswork is required. Both are ridden by talented conditionals and this promises to be an interesting dual.