Monday, 23 July 2012

Nicks Notes..


Not many trainers scour the programme book as closely as Sir Mark Prescott, so the fact he is sending Solar View to Beverley for the Kingston Bypass Maiden Handicap on Monday is noteworthy.
The Newmarket handler has found an unusual contest on the Westwood, there are not many maidens run over this distance, but it appears his Galileo gelding needs every yard of the two miles.
Not surprisingly he ran a career-best when upped to 12 furlongs at Hamilton earlier this month and ran into a very well handicapped horse from the Mick Easterby yard when he tried a mile and three-quarters last time out.
The front two pulled nine lengths clear of the third at Wolverhampton and Solar View was certainly not stopping.
Luke Morris is also making the trip up north and running over this extreme distance for the first time should bring about even more improvement.
Tiger Webb was rated 86 not so long ago when with Sir Henry Cecil, yet in the Swan Industrial Drives Handicap just 13 months later, he can race off 66 for Mick Easterby.
His current connections paid only 11,000 guineas for him and they got an early return on their investment when he won at Redcar in November.
This year he has beaten only six rivals in four races but were he to bounce back to form here it would not be the biggest surprise of the season given how well handicapped he looks.
One who looks sure to oblige is the Charlie Hills-trained One Word More in the Bet toteplacepot Text Tote To 89660 EBF Maiden Stakes at Ayr.
The Thousand Words colt has had the misfortunate to bump into two from the Richard Hannon yard who look way above average.
On debut he went down to the highly-touted Toronado at Newbury and on his return there a month later, Montiridge beat him by just over a length.
The pair pulled five lengths clear of the third that day and that is always a good sign, so unless one of the newcomers is way above average One Word More should open his account.
Hannon's Califante has shaped promisingly in two starts and looks the one to be on in the EBF Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Windsor.
Fourth at Doncaster and third at Newbury, she can put those experiences to good use to give the trainer his customary Monday night winner at the track.
Julia Fielden's Kampai stepped up markedly on two runs last season to push a decent rival close at Brighton last time and could be well treated off 72 in the 32Red Fillies' Handicap at Southwell.

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