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The banners yesterday bore ‘Angel’ before Christopher Mohammed’s name.
Show Stealer ticks an important box, among others, for the eight-runner Dianne Nursery over six furlongs of ‘good’ ground Pontefract today; Rae Guest’s charge won her only race when just too strong for Auxilian over a similar distance at Brighton last month. One of the very best systems of yesteryear, when one first came into the game, was to back first-up winners; it’s because handicappers were always wary of giving them too much weight, due to lack of information, and they also took into account where they were successful.
In this instance Brighton is a case in point, Guest was shrewd to send this Showcasing filly to a lower grade racecourse; form at this particular south-coast venue is often dismissed by serious formites but, by the same token, they will have noticed a pointer! Third home, Whitman, was a ready winner last week at a grade one racetrack, Newbury!
By virtue of its popularity not to mention prize-money, which has attracted ‘fashionable’ trainers for a number of years, Ponte is a competitive stage, ideal for Show Stealer, ‘best-in’ on the time-handicap and in the care of an ultra-shrewd operator. Guest, incidentally, is one of two brothers of Lady Cecil. We’re going with this time-honoured system and nominating Show Stealer as a ‘professional special each-way betting proposition.
Seven contest the Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs and a clear-cut chance for Alaweer could reward jockey Tom Queally, his only ride! Queally, a millionaire due to his association with Frankel, need never ride again but it’s in his blood; he’s obviously relaxed and it shows, watch him on Alaweer, no rush just allows ‘the ball to come onto the bat’ as the saying goes; good thing.
Nap selection is Paul Cole-trained Shakerattlenroll, one of twelve decs for the 2-y-o Maiden Auction Stakes over seven furlongs of Wolverhampton Tapeta. That debut effort over a furlong less at Brighton two weeks ago reads well and improvement wont be necessary; Alan ‘Enforcer’ Kirby is a positive booking!
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