If it wasn’t for an almighty blunder which nearly got rid of his pilot at the fifth hurdle, SKYLANDER (best price 4-1) would have surely collected his second prize in the last month at Sedgefield last time out and he looks set to make amends at a track where he’s got solid form previously. Despite that mini-disaster at the Durham venue, David Pipe’s charge still managed to throw down a serious challenge for victory in the latter stages of that competitive handicap and that performance goes a long way to indicating what sort of form the son of Flemensfirth is in at present.
Based on the subsequent performances of runner-up Kings Gift (won twice since), clearly the handicapper has underestimated the maiden success of ANDOK (best price 7-4) at Redcar back in July and Richard Fahey’s charge can take advantage of what looks a golden opportunity to build on that initial victory. The way he powered clear of Michael Dods’ inmate in the latter stages after not receiving the clearest of passages at halfway suggests the son of Elzaam could be an above-average sort and this tall, rangy two-year-old has the physical scope to get better as time progresses.
Impressive when a wide margin winner at Newmarket the time before, LITTLE LADY KATIE (best price 10-1) never got a chance to get up a head of steam on her follow up bid at Ripon on her latest outing, so she’s afforded another chance. Locked away with nowhere to go all the way down the straight at the Yorkshire venue, Karl Burke’s inmate finished hard on the bridle just on the heels of the main protagonists and hailing from a stable that has just struck form again after a slight dip, she can go some way to keeping that excellent run going in the right direction.
ALL THE RAGE (NAP) (best price 5-4) overcame a terrible trip to finally get off the mark at the eighth time of asking at Wolverhampton four days ago and although she’s been done few favours by the draw here tonight, hopefully she has enough in hand to offset that negative. Slow away at the Dunstall Park venue, Sir Mark Prescott’s charge found herself in an unpromising position going down the back straight and then rushed up rounding the home turn, she amazingly went from virtually last to first within a short space of time. To overcome such an inefficient ride, the daughter of Dubawi clearly had to have plenty in hand at present and that is one of the reasons why her canny handler has let her run again so quickly in order to take advantage of the same mark.