13:50 Porth Swtan
Was an expensive purchase at £100,000 from the horses in training sale and made made no mistake on his first try for new connections over course and distance 18 days ago. He’s only been nudged up 3lbs in the handicap and surely that is nowhere near his ceiling rating. He can get Saturday off to a flyer.
A half-brother to a very good horse in Kings Apostle who was also trained by William Haggas, but this lad appears to have much more stamina. He took a big step forward from his racecourse debut to his second start when winning easily at Newbury last September. It looks again as if he has been underestimated by the handicapper.
A mid-80’s rating should be well within his compass.
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15:00 A Momentofmadness
Charlie Hills sends A Momentofmadness on the long trip north and last year’s Portland Handicap should have conditions to suit on his seasonal bow. He pinged from the gates for that Doncaster win and could be hard to peg back if he does the same here. Got a 5lb penalty for that but then got a bit stuck in the mud on his last race of last season at Ascot. The quicker ground conditions look key to his chances and given last year’s renewal stopped the clock at 56 seconds, he looks a player.
15:35 Lucky Deal
Looked to have flattened off towards the end of a busy campaign last season. However, he has returned in red-hot order and taken his form to another level this season on the All-Weather so far. He appreciated the fast conditions last term and that is what we are anticipating on Saturday, for the Mark Johnston and Franny Norton combo.
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