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Lancashire Telegraph racing column
Updated 7:51am Tuesday 18th February 2014 in Sport
The Dandy Yank has been in great heart of late and looks the most solid option in the 32Red Free £10 Bonus Handicap at Southwell.
A competitive field has gathered for this 0-85 handicap but none come into it with better claims than Jamie Osborne’s runner.
Having shown little on the first two starts of his career he was placed on his next three, earning a rating of 73 into the bargain.
His two-year-old season ended in July and when he returned to action on New Year’s Day at Southwell he was narrowly caught close home, denying him a first win.
Dropped down to a mark of 64 he was a blatant non-stayer over six furlongs on his next outing but back to the minimum distance the next twice he has obliged.
Firstly at Lingfield he won off 64 and then he defied a 4lb rise at Kempton, suggesting the penny has finally dropped.
There is a slight question mark about his stamina back at Southwell but he was strong through the finish on the Sunbury Polytrack and looks the safest proposition.
The Mark Johnston-trained newcomer Turnbuckle is of definite interest in the Coral App Download From The App Store Maiden Stakes.
A Teofilo colt, he has obviously had problems as he is an unraced four-year-old but his pedigree suggests he could be very nice.
He is a half-brother to a Grade One winner Down Under in Miss Finland and his dam is an unraced daughter of the Oaks winner Moonshell, herself a sister to a King George winner in Doyen.
Of those to have run there appears to be no lurking superstar and he rates a fascinating contender on a card of this nature.
Silly Billy has been in cracking form recently and the booking of Billy Cray could see him defy the handicapper in the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap.
Now 3lb higher than when winning last time out under Danny Tudhope, Cray takes over in the saddle and his claim offsets the rise in the weights nicely.
Certainly not unexposed, he has hit a rich vein of form and may be able to continue his improvement.
John Wade’s Harris Hawk caught the eye first time out this season and can go well off bottom weight in the Yorkshire Post Ladies Evening - 29th May Handicap Chase at Wetherby.
Third behind the progressive Sharney Sike on his last visit to the track, he lost his position in the final mile when he obviously blew up but stayed on again nicely.
That was a decent event and with that run under his belt he can be expected to improve.
Lady Of Verona should also be followed in the EBF/TBA Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase.
Lucinda Russell’s seven-year-old is winless from 12 tries, but she always had a look of a future chaser.
Her winter form over hurdles has not been too bad, too, with placed finishes at Hexham and at Kelso.
The mare goes particularly well in soft ground, something which would come in very handy in Yorkshire, and should also benefit from this drop in trip on her chasing bow.
Brave Buck might be worth an interest at a fair price in the Download The New RacingUK iPad App Handicap Hurdle.
Henry Daly’s charge has seemingly failed to get home over three miles on his last two starts but this shorter journey should help matters.
SOUTHWELL: 1.55 Silly Billy, 2.25 Travel, 3.00 Turnbuckle, 3.35 The Dandy Yank, 4.05 Spitfire, 4.40 Daliance, 5.10 Frankthetank.
TAUNTON: 2.05 Brantingham Breeze, 2.35 Fairytale Theatre, 3.10 Wooly Bully, 3.45 Virak, 4.15 Withy Mills, 4.50 Onenightinvienna.
WETHERBY: 1.45 Baraboy 2.15 Lady Of Verona, 2.50 Brave Buck, 3.25 HARRIS HAWK (NAP), 3.55 Fine Rightly, 4.30 Desgrey, 5.00 Millicent Silver.
DOUBLE: Harris Hawk and Brave Buck.
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