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Lancashire Telegraph racing column
7:00am Tuesday 3rd December 2013 in Sport
Alpine Mysteries seems to have taken a liking to Wolverhampton and she can continue her good work with victory in the 32Red Handicap at the Midlands track.
The three-year-old has seen plenty of racing this term but has largely reserved her best for the all-weather, winning at Kempton in June before striking at Wolverhampton in October.
She showed plenty of determination on that occasion, staying on well to win by just over three lengths and was not beaten far on either of her next two starts, despite taking a walk up the ratings.
Alpine Mysteries had to settle for fourth last time out over an extended two miles, meeting with a bit of trouble in running before possibly not quite seeing out the trip.
Harry Dunlop reverts to a shorter distance this time and that could be an important factor in getting Alpine Mysteries back on the winning track.
Reggie Bond was narrowly touched off at this venue on his most recent start but compensation awaits in the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap.
The three-year-old is winless in eight starts so far but he was unlucky not to strike gold last time as he only went down by a short head after enduring a less than ideal passage and being forced to wait for a gap to come.
The winner may have outgunned him that day but the handicapper has seen fit to drop him 1lb and Geoff Oldroyd’s charge can make full use of that extra bit of advantage.
Nissaki Kasta did not appear to handle testing conditions on her final turf outing of the year but she should find Polytrack more in her favour in the 32Red.com Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
She is clearly no world beater but displayed a touch of promise when placed on her debut, only to flop when reasonably well fancied at Salisbury in October.
Hughie Morrison has given her a decent break after that effort and she is one to keep on the right side of here.
Fresa was a beaten favourite at this track last time but can make amends in the Coral App Download From The App Store AW “Hands And Heels” Apprentice Series Handicap.
Bit Of A Jig did not turn in his best round of jumping on his first attempt over fences but should be a lot wiser for the experience in the Get Bookmakers With bookmakers.co.uk Novices’ Chase at Sedgfield.
Winner of one of his four starts over hurdles last season, Bit Of A Jig did not appear to be overly suited by a drop back to two and a half miles on his chasing bow.
He struggled to go with the pace at times and while he showed a good attitude in staying on for second, he never really had a chance against a more pacey winner.
Donald McCain switches back up in trip to three miles and three furlongs here, which can only be a positive move.
Pistol Basc gave trainer Rebecca Menzies a day to remember when providing her with her first winner as a trainer at Sedgefield and he can double his tally for the handler in the SIS Live Handicap Chase.
The application of a first-time hood seemed to work the oracle and the addition of head gear combined with a career-low mark saw him run out a five-length winner.
He has jumped back up to a mark of 87 now but that remains some way below his career-high of 110.
Last Shot can atone for a narrow defeat last week as he turns out again quickly in the 32Red Handicap Chase at Southwell.
A winner at Exeter in November, he went down by just a short head to Zarzal at Ludlow on his latest outing, racing off a 6lb higher mark.
He did plenty of the donkey work that day before fighting back gamely and his rider becoming unbalanced in the dying strides would hardly have helped his chance.
The handicapper has not had chance to reassess Last Shot yet and Venetia Williams is obviously keen to make use of his rating of 115.
SEDGEFIELD: 12.30 Monita Bonita, 1.00 Dakar Run, 1.30 Bit Of A Jig, 2.00 Trust Thomas, 2.30 Wintered Well, 3.00 Pistol Basc, 3.30 Vasco Pierji.
SOUTHWELL: 12.15 Sycho Fred, 12.45 Last Shot, 1.15 Many Stars, 1.50 Little Jon, 2.20 Bugler’s Dream, 2.50 Cooldine Run, 3.20 Delta Forty.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.10 Fresa, 2.40 Camatini, 3.10 Nissaki Kasta, 3.40 ALPINE MYSTERIES (NAP), 4.10 Little Red Nell, 4.40 Eco Warrior, 5.10 Reggie Bond.
DOUBLE: Alpine Mysteries and Reggie Bond.
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