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May 08, 2013

Abbot's Whispers - Thursday 9 May

Race one – 2:05

If VIBRATO VALTAT reproduces the form he showed when second to a subsequent Grade 1 winner, then he should take all the beating in today’s company. Both Big Casino and Fergall should be capable of fighting out minor honours, while Never Says Never may prove best of those making their debut over obstacles today.

Race two – 2:35

Many of these can be given chances on the pick of their form, but few can be relied upon with any confidence to deliver. It might be worth chancing AMUSE ME who is more than capable when on song and is on a workable mark, providing the ground doesn’t deteriorate. For The Staff comes into the contest in good heart and is another to consider, along with Cruchain who is on a dangerous mark, although a slightly short trip might be preferable.

Race three – 3:05

Handicap debutant Who’s Cross will be rightly popular and any rain is likely to enhance his claims. However, preference is for SUD PACIFIQUE who has been very highly tried at times and was only denied by the minimum margin under today’s jockey last time. Both Dragon’s Den and Shammick Boy also hold claims in an open looking handicap

Race four – 3:40

A bit of guesswork is required as several of these are entitled to improve now their focus is switched to handicaps, notably Church Field, for whom market confidence should be noted. Of those with handicap form, ASIAN PRINCE makes most appeal, having posted an improved effort on his latest start and the form looks solid enough with the winner and the third running good races since. Ullswater is the other that commands respect, hailing from a yard in terrific form.

Race five – 4:15

Very few bring any noteworthy form into today’s contest and while he’s not the easiest to predict, MAJESTIC BULL hasn’t had as many chances as some and did at least win as recently as last December. Noble Chic could be given a chance on his best form and hails from a yard among the winners, while Yabora and The Good Guy are others that could get involved if on song.

Race six – 4:50

Latest Trend was probably the best of these over hurdles and deserves respect, but he was relatively exposed in that sphere, so a chance is given to BECKHANI who was lightly raced over timber and may well improve on what he’s shown to date, now that he tackles the bigger obstacles for the first time. Point winner Lough Derg Way would be interesting but for an absence and his market position compared to stablemate Niki Royal should prove informative.

Race seven – 5:25

ROUND TOM wasn’t a stable star when under the care of Paul Nicholls, but the pick of his handicap form is better than most of today’s rivals could manage and his recent victory in an open point suggests he should be difficult to beat. Gershwinner could make them all go a bit from the front and if the forecast rain does arrive, it would help the chance of Prince Massini. Parkam Jack is likely to find this a lot tougher than his last assignment and is opposable under his penalty.