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Lancashire Telegraph racing column
7:00am Friday 20th December 2013 in Sport
It might be worth chancing that Trinityelitedotcom is ready to rock and roll after a break in the Best Odds At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Tom Dascombe’s sprinter appears to be better on the all-weather but he signed off the last Flat season with a win on turf at Warwick.
The worry, of course, is that he could need this outing having not run for 78 days but he faces a handful of rivals that may need further, too.
For instance Frontier Fighter has won over a mile, Iptisam has never run over less than seven furlongs and Al’s Memory’s last win was over seven furlongs.
This race is not quite over six so Dascombe’s runner may just have too much pace.
It is interesting that Irish trainer Andy Oliver is sending over Have A Great Day for the 32Red Maiden Stakes.
In four runs at home, firstly at Navan then three on the all-weather at Dundalk, he has yet to finish out of the first four.
Races at Dundalk are mainly more competitive than winter maidens in England and it would be no surprise to see him go close.
Given Roger Varian’s Tears Of The Sun had a run two weeks ago she should take all the beating in the 32Red Fillies’ Maiden Stakes at Southwell.
Although not one of the stable stars, her last run when second at Lingfield showed she is up to taking a race of this nature.
The fact that Varian let her take her chance in a big sales race at Newmarket won by Wedding Ring suggests she had shown up pretty well at home.
Mark Johnston has reached for the blinkers on Waverunner in the Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap.
He was a winner at Bath on firm ground in the spring, and while this surface is very different it would be foolish to pigeon hole horses from this yard and she has been found a very weak race.
Johnston is operating at a near-40 per cent strike-rate for December and anything he runs at present should be monitored.
Alan King’s Raya Star might take some beating stepping up in trip for the Grade Two Betfred Novices’ Chase at Ascot.
He thrives at Ascot, as he showed two years ago when winning the Ladbroke, and has the ability to take high rank in this division.
His last run at Cheltenham when outpaced behind Dodging Bullets proved he would not be up to winning something like the Arkle so King has wasted no time stepping him up in distance.
That should not be to much of a problem and it may even bring about some improvement as he is unexposed at trips in excess of two miles.
Cyrien Star holds logical claims as he chases a four-timer in the Marston’s Pedigree Handicap Hurdle at Uttoxeter.
ASCOT: 1.00 Medieval Chapel, 1.30 Rio De Sivola, 2.00 Irving, 2.35 Raya Star, 3.10 Andy Kelly, 3.40 Nathans Pride.
DUNDALK: 5.45 Ava Star, 6.15 Califante, 6.45 Vector Force, 7.15 Seanie, 7.45 Ned’s Indian, 8.15 First Friday, 8.45 Stynes, 9.15 Shield.
SOUTHWELL: 12.10 Cantor, 12.40 Quadriga, 1.10 TEARS OF THE SUN (NAP), 1.40 Big Kenny, 2.10 Captain Secret, 2.45 Fortinbrass, 3.20 Waverunner.
UTTOXETER: 12.20 Blake Dean, 12.50 Wuff, 1.20 Ratify, 1.50 Cyrien Star, 2.20 Homer Run, 2.55 Dark Glacier, 3.30 Padge.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 3.50 Mon Petit Secret, 4.20 Have A Great Day, 4.50 Trinityelitedotcom, 5.20 My Time, 5.55 Huzzah, 6.30 Short Shrift, 7.00 Diamond Pro.
DOUBLE: Tears Of The Sun and Raya Star.
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