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Lancashire Telegraph racing column
7:13am Monday 27th January 2014 in Sport
Jazzy Lady is as honest as the day is long and should be in the thick of the action again in the 32Red Casino Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Despite only being a three-year-old, the David Evans-trained filly has already made 18 career appearances and is clearly a hardy individual, as she appears to be thriving on her racing.
She struggled to cut much ice on turf as a juvenile last year, but since getting off the mark at the 10th attempt over this course and distance at the end of October, she has found an admirable level of consistency.
Following that maiden triumph, Jazzy Lady has won three more races, including her latest start at Lingfield, and her only finish outside the first three was a close-up fourth here on Boxing Day.
She beat a decent sort in Samtu last time, giving her weight, and is capable of defying a career-high mark for a trainer who has been banging in the winners all winter.
The Blue Dog can complete a four-timer in the 32Red Fillies' Handicap.
The seven-year-old looked to be struggling when she was well beaten in consecutive races at York, Wolverhampton, Lingfield and Kempton, but a decent second at Lingfield towards the end of December suggested she was on the way back.
She has started 2014 with a new lease of life, bolting up twice at Lingfield before completing the hat-trick a few days later at Wolverhampton and although she is now on a career-high mark, she should not be written off.
Evans might also be on the mark in the concluding Ladbrokes Handicap, with Run It Twice of obvious interest in the hands of all-weather king Adam Kirby.
Run It Twice won over the seven furlongs here in early December and struck again when upped to a mile at Lingfield later in the month.
He was far from disgraced when third over an inadequate six furlongs at the same track a couple of weeks ago and stepping back up in distance off the same mark, he can get back on the winning trail.
Irish raider Layla Joan is the clear pick in the BetVictor Merseyside Derby Red Card Refund Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Ayr.
Gordon Elliott's point-to-point graduate made a winning debut under Rules in a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle on New Year's Day, scoring by a length from Tudor Fashion.
Although the margin of victory was small, the six-year-old was given a typically cool ride from Paul Carberry and won with much more in hand than might appear the case on first glance.
The form appears perfectly sound with Tudor Fashion going one better on her return to Fairyhouse a few days ago and Elliott, who has long enjoyed his trips to Scotland, appears to have found Layla Joan the perfect opportunity to add to her tally.
Samson Collonges appears to have added some consistency to his game and would not be winning out of turn if he comes up trumps in the Non-Runner No Bet Championship Races At Cheltenham Handicap Chase.
The eight-year-old won twice for Ferdy Murphy towards the end of 2012 and after his move to France last year, Samson Collonges switched to the care of Murphy's former assistant Rebecca Menzies, who has made a fine start to her own training career.
Early results this season were not too inspiring for Samson Collonges as the grey failed to make an impact once at Sedgefield and twice at Hexham, but he upped his game considerably when runner-up at Newcastle on his next start, running from over a stone out of the handicap.
He backed that up with a narrow defeat at Towcester a couple of weeks later, going down by a neck, and provided those exertions have not taken their toll, it could be his turn to come home in front.
AYR: 12.45 Layla Joan, 1.15 Final Assault, 1.45 Samson Collonges, 2.15 Rhymers Stone, 2.50 Solis, 3.20 Allanard, 3.50 See The Legend.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.40 Red Star Lady, 3.10 Our Red Devil, 3.40 Fitzgerald, 4.10 Royal Rainford, 4.40 JAZZY LADY (NAP), 5.10 The Blue Dog, 5.40 Run It Twice.
DOUBLE: Jazzy Lady and Run It Twice.
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