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Lancashire Telegraph racing column
7:00am Friday 10th January 2014 in Sport
Gabrial’s King can thrive for a return to his favourite track with victory in the Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap at Wolverhampton.
The five-year-old turned in a creditable effort at Lingfield last time but clearly saves his best for Dunstall Park, having notched five of his seven career victories there.
Gabrial’s King was far from disgraced in finishing third in Surrey but he hardly helped his chance of seeing out the two miles that day when he ran wide on the turn for home and left himself with a bit to do.
He had previously claimed second at Wolverhampton after a bit of a summer break and was tackling a couple of extra furlongs on that occasion too, which was not necessarily in his favour.
Back over a mile and a half here, David Simcock’s charge can shrug off his elevated mark and enhance an already excellent course record.
Lexi’s Hero has been knocking on the door of late and his time can come in the Compare Bookmakers At Bookmakers.Co.Uk Handicap.
While clearly not as good as he was at his peak, Lexi’s Hero remains a useful tool at this kind of level.
Placed on his four most recent starts, twice here and twice at Southwell, Richard Fahey’s charge is an adaptable type and only lost out by a nose when giving lumps of weight to Maakirr on his latest outing.
His consistency has cost him dear as he has climbed the ratings a bit, but Lexi’s Hero is still one to stay on the right side of.
Major Muscari is probably a touch better on the Polytrack than on the Fibresand and merits plenty of respect in the Best Odds At Bookmakers.Co.Uk Handicap.
Edged out at Southwell last time, he had previously won at this track over the Christmas period and can go well again as he is in such good heart.
Random Success is clearly not one of Roger Charlton’s leading lights but has shown enough promise to be taking high order in the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap at Lingfield.
She placed in each of her four maiden outings but came closest to a win when switched to handicap company on her final start of 2013.
Beaten just a head on New Year’s Eve, she stays on a very workable all-weather mark of 58.
Sian Gwalia can make it an across-the-card double for Simcock in the coral.co.uk Best Odds Guaranteed On Racing Maiden Stakes.
The four-year-old was beaten just over two lengths last time and looks thoroughly capable in a moderate contest such as this.
The Young Master can make a swift reappearance pay in the Horse Racing Free Bets At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap Hurdle at Sedgefield.
Neil Mulholland’s charge is on quite a roll at present and will be shooting a hat-trick in this event following victories at Southwell and Fakenham.
A neck victor on the first occasion when contesting an all-weather Flat heat, The Young Master made a seamless switch back to hurdles to run out a 34-length winner with the minimum of fuss.
The handicapper has obviously taken a dim view of such a comfortable victory, but a 12lb rise may not be enough to stop a horse whose confidence is riding high.
Pamak D’Airy can defy his advancing years and snap a lengthy barren spell in the Compare Bookmaker Odds At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap Chase.
He has made the frame on each of his three starts this term but has not actually tasted victory since February 2011.
The Henry Hogarth-trained 11-year-old has started to creep back up the ratings a little but is still well over a stone below his best.
DUNDALK: 6.15 Above The Law, 6.45 Lone Star, 7.15 Victor’s Beach, 7.45 Tsar Paul, 8.15 Maontri, 8.45 Bog War, 9.15 Protaras.
LINGFIELD: 12.00 Kuanyao, 12.30 Random Success, 1.00 Sian Gwalia, 1.30 Polydamus, 2.00 Grandad Mac, 2.30 Shaunas Spirit, 3.00 Clear Spell, 3.30 Keene.
SEDGEFIELD: 12.40 Sir Mangan, 1.10 My Friend Riquet, 1.40 Mrs Grass, 2.10 Pamak D’Airy, 2.40 The Young Master, 3.10 Orlittlebylittle, 3.40 Master Dee.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.00 Major Muscari, 4.30 Lexi’s Hero, 5.00 Funky Munky, 5.30 Stand Guard, 6.00 GABRIAL’S KING (NAP), 6.30 Sweet Vintage, 7.00 Zamra.
DOUBLE: Gabrial’s King and Lexi’s Hero.
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