Monday, 2 September 2013

Some Views for a Monday

DOUBLE: Les Gar Gan and Chester Aristocrat.
Chester Aristocrat can run a big race at a price in the Betfair Scottish Sprint Series Final Handicap at Hamilton.
Eric Alston's four-year-old has to give weight all round but has enjoyed a nice mini-break and comes here relatively fresh for what is a good prize.
Since being switched to sprinting trips at around this time 12 months ago, the Sakhee gelding has made excellent progress and is now 20lb higher than when winning at Haydock last August.
At his best on a sound surface, he likes to race handily and is already a winner over course and distance having taken a qualifier for this race in May.
Decent efforts in defeat followed that, and it could be a busy spell had caught up with him when down the field on his final start in the middle of July.
His run at Newcastle at the end of June suggests he is still capable of winning off this sort of mark.
Les Gar Gan stands out in the Overton Farm Nursery Handicap.
The Keith Dalgleish-trained filly ran a blinder from out of the handicap at York's Ebor meeting when a close fourth to one or two smart colts.
Doing her best work late on, it is highly likely we have not seen the best of her yet and this represents a good opportunity to supplement her debut win at Ayr, the form of which has been boosted by the runner-up.
She seems versatile ground-wise and ought to be hard to beat, even with top weight.
Former top Irish apprentice Ben Curtis comes over for a few rides for Alan Swinbank, and the pick looks to be Aryizad in the Racing UK On Sky Channel 432 Handicap.
The Hurricane Run filly was just touched off here by Nightster over nine furlongs under Curtis last time out, and before that was not at all disgraced over a mile and a half at Ripon when third to the then 79-rated Battalion, giving the winner 6lb.
A try at a mile and three furlongs looks ideal from an initial mark of 68 as she dips her toes into handicap waters for the first time.
Primitorio sets the standard in the Freedom Leisure, Where You Matter, Nursery Handicap at Brighton.
Ralph Beckett has kept the youngster busy and this will be his eighth start of the year, but he has more than paid his way.
The Oratorio gelding got off the mark at the fifth attempt in a Lingfield nursery and then had his sights raised at Goodwood where he found things a bit tough.
Back at a more reasonable level at Warwick last week he again proved his worth, winning with plenty of authority.
He has a penalty for that but swerved a tougher option at Sandown to wait for this and that looks the right decision.
There was a fair bit to like about the debut win of Song Of Snowdon at Ffos Las and she can follow up back at the Welsh venue in the Handicap.
Very slowly away and green through the early stages, when the penny dropped she looked quite nice in getting the better of favourite North Pole, who has won and been second since.
William Muir's filly can only have improved with that experience under her belt and is bred to improve again when eventually trying further than this mile. The yard is also in the best form it has been for some time.( Nick Grant sic> )


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