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Racing column: Ruby can inspire Vesper Bell
11:01am Thursday 23rd January 2014 in Sport
SOME wonderful midweek racing to get our teeth into and the £100,000 Theyestes Chase from Goran Park is our starting point.
Top-weight Vesper Bell (3.15) is taken to get his season back on track having fallen at the first in the Becher Chase at Aintree on his reappearance, before unseating David Casey at Warwick last time when going well enough in another valuable handicap.
Ruby Walsh takes over this afternoon and that could be the difference.
Dogora (3.45) can land the Beginners’ Chase half an hour later. This 2m 2f trip will suit and the selection lost nothing in defeat when runner up to the talented Bright New Dawn at Punchestown last month.
The ground will be testing at Warwick and Time To Think (2.20) should be spot on after last month’s Lingfield reappearance. She won both her second and third starts of the season last term and the booking of AP McCoy suggests a big run is expected.
The Charlie Longsdon trained Battle Born (4.20) was very well backed at Haydock on his British debut having finished runner up in an Irish p-t-p last April.
He cost current connections £65,000 at the sales and I think he can recoup some of that figure in the Bumper with that initial experience behind him.
Otago Trail cost £50,000 in the sales and has his first start for Venetia Williams; the yard have had three winners from seven runners in Bumpers this season so a check of the market is advised.
In the 6f BetVictor.com handicap at Kempton Park this evening Discussiontofollow (7.00) can land the hat-trick despite having been raised 8lbs by the handicapper for what was a fluent success at Wolverhampton from a poor draw last time.
This is a step up in grade but he deserves to take his chance against largely exposed opposition and he could be still ahead of the handicapper although this is his first time going right-handed.
As a son of Presenting the best of Presented (2.30 Fakenham) won’t come until the spring and the better ground but he has coped well enough with soft ground of late and is only 3lbs higher than when runner up to a potential improver Swing Hard at Musselburgh last time.
This track should suit but I wouldn’t want too much rain although the booking of Daryl Jacob would indicate he is expected to go very close.
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