Sep 23, 2013
Abbot's Whispers - Tuesday 24 September
Race Preview – Tuesday 24 September
RACE 1 – 2.20
Top Totti is rated the best of these on official figures but she disappointed when last seen, so a chance is taken with NESTON GRACE who scored over C&D on her hurdle debut in May. Although that form needs improving upon, she should be open to plenty more progress on what is only her second start over obstacles. Presenting Me looks the best of the remainder with form and the market should guide as to the chance of Sea Island Pearl who makes her debut this afternoon.
RACE 2 – 2.50
MR WATSON is an interesting newcomer having won from a mark of 127 over hurdles. Although he struggled subsequently, he’s been given a break and if he can translate his best hurdle from to the bigger obstacles, he could prove difficult to beat.
De Faoithesdream is the only one of these to have raced over fences and if he puts his experience to good use, he should serve up a stern test to the selection. The other pair look to face a stiff task on their chasing debuts.
RACE 3 – 3.20
Not the easiest race to evaluate, despite the small field. On official ratings the best horse at the weights is Angles Hill, but there is a suspicion that he may not be quite as good as his mark suggests. Trainer Tim Vaughan saddles two and while the weights favour Quadrato, it’s KOULTAS KING that’s been doing all the winning. In a race where few have shown the aptitude to win, the top-weight looks the safest option.
RACE 4 – 3.50
A competitive handicap but Emma Lavelle has her string in good order and has saddled two winners from three runners at this venue this season. She is responsible for QIANSHAN LEADER who returns from a break on a handy mark and should go very close if he’s at the top of his game. The drop in class should see Life Of A Luso return to his best and he rates a big threat as he bids to extend his winning record at this venue to three. Captain Kelly is respected on his handicap debut and is another to consider, along with recent winner Western King.
RACE 5 – 4.20
Plenty can be given chances on their best form but few have rock solid credentials. ARGAUM at least comes here in decent heart having beaten Pindar on his latest outing. Today’s 7lb claimer gives him decent claims of confirming the form with that rival and although it’s a while since he last won, the change of headgear might also make a difference today. Chankillo and Wicklewood haven’t had many chances for their new handlers and may have more to offer, while market support for the long absent Supernoverre should also be monitored.
RACE 6 – 4.50
ROC DE GUYE comes here in irresistible form, having won both starts since the combination of hood and cheekpieces have been tried. Although he’s taken a hike in the weights, his new mark should not be beyond him. Nothingbutthetruth finished well behind the selection three starts back, but he’s returned to form since and could pose the biggest threat. Sadler’s Star is very well treated at his best and would be bang there, if recapturing some of the old spark.
RACE 7 – 5.20
Listen And Learn will be rightly popular having shown improved form since cheekpieces have been fitted and his latest second looks solid form with those around him having run well since. He’s likely to be bang in the mix once more, but he faces a tough adversary in BUCKHORN TOM who is lightly raced and open to plenty of improvement now he steps up in trip. Connections of The Tracey Shuffle are likely to exploit his lenient mark before too long, although it’s possible the ground may be faster than ideal this afternoon.