Monday, 9 July 2012

A view from the Chambers...


Viscount Vert can make the most of the likely easy ground at Windsor and complete a hat-trick in the Jane de Wardener Memorial Handicap.
Out of luck in three juvenile starts, the winter break has obviously done the world of good for Andrew Balding's charge as he is two from two already this year.
He looked to have benefited from being gelded on his reappearance at Chepstow last month, where the application of a hood also seemed to bring about a positive change.
Sent to the lead over a furlong out in the mile event, he won in ready style and was sent off a well-supported favourite to follow up next time at this track.
He duly obliged last Monday, shrugging off a less than ideal passage and a 6lb penalty to win by a length.
Viscount Vert is probably value for a bit further than that margin and after showing up well on the gallops at home in the week, he can deal with a further rise in the weights.
Proximity can gain that all important win for Sir Michael Stoute in the Stowe Family Law LLP Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
A beautifully-bred daughter of Nayef, she needs a win on her record to really enhance her paddock value and it should be third-time lucky.
Well beaten by the classy Starscope on her only juvenile start, she was a fair fourth at this track last month after putting in a strong finish and is not without ability.
Hazelrigg suffered a couple of near-misses last month but his time can come in the Isle of Skye 8yo Blended Whisky Handicap at Ayr.
Beaten just a short-head by subsequent Group Three-placed Judge 'n Jury at York, Hazelrigg then went down by just over a length at this track.
He might not be the most straightforward of runners and his losing run stretches back nearly two years now, but with the ground in his favour he should be thereabouts again.
Opt Out, a half-brother to Group One winner Court Masterpiece, is the choice in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes.
He has been placed on each of his four starts so far this term, coming closest when a half-length second at Newcastle just over a week ago.
Mark Johnston is obviously keen to capitalise on the current soft ground and the hint should be taken.
Johnston should also be on the mark with Equity Card in Ripon's Follow AtTheRaces On Twitter Handicap.
She was an all-weather winner when trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni last year and showed a glimmer of promise when third at Haydock last week.
Equity Card is clearly nothing special, but she might not have to be to win this.
Sujet Bellagio finally lost his maiden tag at the fifth attempt last time and can kick on from that in the Summer Sprint Trophy Handicap.
He idled in front at Lingfield that day and may have a touch more in the locker than the length-and-a-quarter margin suggests.

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