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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:36am Wednesday 28th May 2014 in Sport
Tenbridge can add further gloss to her fine record at Chepstow by claiming the 32Red Casino Handicap.
The Derek Haydn Jones-trained five-year-old has only once finished out of the frame at the Monmouthshire circuit, winning twice, and is back at a most appealing mark.
She is also in pretty good form after having posted an encouraging effort over a mile at this track a few weeks ago.
Tenbridge was well held by Sweet Martoni in an 11-runner handicap on soft ground, but she plugged away to take fourth place.
That was a marked improvement on recent efforts, but it is quite possible that she is a marginally better horse over this seven-furlong trip in any event.
Haydn Jones will have even more optimism as the forecast is for further heavy rainfall.
Tenbridge has always done her best work when there is cut in the ground, while she is now 1lb lower than when victorious at Chepstow last August.
New Colours had appeared to be floundering following his maiden win at Kempton in December, but there were distinct green shoots of recovery at Windsor last time.
Marcus Tregoning's three-year-old grey got to within a length and a quarter of the likeable Stampede in a reasonably competitive mile-and-a-quarter handicap when evidently not fancied.
The 32RedPoker.com Handicap looks far easier, with the prospect of soft ground not thought to be a hindrance given how he shaped at Windsor.
Ballarina might surprise a few in the Avon Gorge Handicap at Hamilton.
The Eric Alston-trained eight-year-old has not won since November 2012, but she served notice her time might be near again at Redcar in April.
Despite having been off the track since last August, Ballarina showed plenty of early pace in a five-furlong handicap before understandably emptying out towards the line.
The daughter of Compton Place should be far fitter with that blow-out in the bag and is only 1lb higher than when she was only narrowly denied at Thirsk last summer.
Ballarina is a renowned front-runner so she could be very difficult to pass granted a crisp start from stall five.
It could be a big day for Alston, whose Spavento is also taken to shine in the Cadzow Castle Fillies' Handicap.
The two-times course-and-distance winner is not too badly treated on her best form and seemed to appreciate a slight dip in grade at Ayr a week ago, when a pleasing second behind True Pleasure.
Jezza can be considered a valid contender for top honours in the Visit And Dine In The Panoramic Handicap at Kempton.
Karen George's stayer struggled on his last two starts but he should be in a better frame of mind back at the Sunbury circuit and with Richard Hughes up top.
Hughes did the steering about Jezza over course and distance last October, when the combination finished a decent second behind Bramshill Lass.
The eight-year-old is obviously not getting any quicker, but he does get two miles pretty well and is just 2lb higher than when he won at Wolverhampton in March.
Cajoling, a highly accomplished scorer at Windsor, must have every chance in the Hilary Needler Trophy at Beverley, with Badea likely to go close in the Thwaites Brewery Handicap Hurdle at Cartmel.
BEVERLEY: 6.30 Emerahldz, 7.00 King Of The Celts, 7.30 Cajoling, 8.00 York Glory, 8.30 Coin Broker, 9.00 Abbey Village.
CHEPSTOW: 2.00 Majestic Hero, 2.30 Debit, 3.00 Bonjour Steve, 3.30 TENBRIDGE (NAP), 4.05 Calm Attitude, 4.40 New Colours, 5.15 Thane Of Cawdor.
CARTMEL: 2.20 Fintan, 2.50 Jenny Make A Penny, 3.20 Teenage Dream, 3.50 Big Casino, 4.25 Drom, 5.00 Badea, 5.35 Smart Ruler.
HAMILTON: 2.10 Decisive Rebel, 2.40 Polar Forest, 3.10 Ballarina, 3.40 Spavento, 4.15 Dartrix, 4.50 A Southside Boy, 5.25 Zanouska.
KEMPTON: 5.45 Vegas Rebel, 6.15 Triple Chief, 6.45 Chantecler, 7.15 Jezza, 7.45 Rome, 8.15 Good Value, 8.45 Baars Causeway, 9.15 Whitby Jet.
DOUBLE: Tenbridge and Ballarina.
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