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Lancashire Telegraph racing column
7:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014 in Sport
The return to seven furlongs can do it for Drinkuptrig in the 32Red On The App Store Handicap at Lingfield.
Stuart Williams’ colt has made stealthy progress in three all-weather starts this term and should be a warm order back over his preferred distance.
The son of Bushranger was a good second over this trip at Kempton in November in a race that has worked out well, before being preserved for a six-furlong handicap at Lingfield two months later.
Sean Levey’s partner challenged a little too late, though, as he flashed home in fourth place, beaten three-quarters of a length by Tautira.
That slightly unfortunate effort served further notice that he is a better horse over a longer trip, while it is interesting the capable Andrea Atzeni comes in for the ride.
Drinkuptrig is top weight at the Surrey venue, but he has one of the nicest-looking profiles in the 13-runner field, for which he has been centrally drawn in stall seven.
Harvest Mist bumped into a Williams-trained hotpot earlier in the month at Kempton, but she should not be so unlucky in the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.
The chestnut daughter of Captain Rio was outclassed by Welsh Sunrise on her most recent foray, but still ran honourably in defeat - with the third horse home, Barbs Princess, never nearer.
Shaun Lycett’s six-year-old has gone up another 1lb, but Willy Twiston-Davies’ claim offsets that minor burden in what, on paper at least, does not look too demanding an encounter.
Kempton’s BetBright Moneyback Offers Handicap represents a decent opportunity for Liberty Jack.
The four-year-old son of Sakhee got a mile well when fourth at Lingfield in early February, when not evidently fancied, and, interestingly, takes a further hike in distance.
Talented trainer Jim Boyle has yet to get to the bottom of Liberty Jack since his transfer from Roger Charlton’s stables, but he is now back at something like a winnable-looking mark.
Tranquil Sea’s best days are behind him, but there is quiet cause for optimism ahead of the Betdaq £25 No Lose Mobile Bet Doncaster Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Doncaster.
The 12-year-old has not fared too badly in two tries for Warren Greatrex, but he simply must improve here to stand any possible chance of making the frame for the Crabbie’s Grand National in April.
The two-times Grade One winner has so far been campaigned over inadequate distances since his switch to Britain, but this rise to three miles could prove the making of him.
Top Of The Range holds stout claims in the Betdaq No Premium Charge Novices’ Chase.
Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old is rated rather too highly for what he has actually achieved over fences, especially as he unseated Andrew Tinkler on his last visit to the racecourse at Musselburgh.
That said, the once-smart hurdler looked the real deal on his chasing bow at Ascot in November when he overcome one overly-exuberant leap to win a good race by a length and a quarter.
Everything he has so far done tends to indicate this three-mile journey would be just the ticket for Top Of The Range.
Moulin De La Croix can bring to a close a maddening run of form by taking Ludlow gold in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Handicap Chase.
Oliver Sherwood’s mare has not tasted victory since October 2012, but connections will have been heartened by a reasonable show in a tight handicap at Fontwell on Boxing Day.
The 10-year-old was eventually well beaten by Zhukov, but she did not have the greatest of luck that day as she was badly obstructed by Sablazo having unseated his rider at the last.
Happily for Sherwood, the mud-loving Moulin De La Croix has been left alone by the assessor on a mark of 100, which is some 11lb lower than when she last won a race, with this descent to two miles unlikely to have any detrimental effect.
Take The Mick is the choice in the Teme Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase.
He was only narrowly defeated at Doncaster last month, going down by just a length and a half after appearing to hit a bit of a flat spot before running on again
DONCASTER: 1.45 Master Dee, 2.20 Top Of The Range, 2.50 Pearl Castle, 3.25 Tranquil Sea, 3.55 Potters Cross, 4.25 Palypso De Creek, 5.55 Some Buckle.
KEMPTON: 5.25 Iffranesia, 5.55 Liberty Jack, 6.25 The Young Master, 6.55 Galiotto, 7.25 Palace Moon, 7.55 Examiner, 8.25 Speechday, 8.55 Compton Silver.
LINGFIELD: 1.30 Where’s Reiley, 2.00 Harvest Mist, 2.30 Dove Mountain, 3.05 DRINKUPTRIG (NAP), 3.35 Narborough, 4.05 Drive On, 4.35 Officer Drivel LUDLOW: 2.10 Lochnagar, 2.40 Buckhorn Tom, 3.15 Moulin De La Croix, 3.45 Baltimore Rock, 4.15 Take The Mick, 4.45 Tara Royal, 5.15 Island Cruise.
PUNCHESTOWN: 2.05 Bonzo Bing, 2.35 Noble Endeavour, 3.10 Upsie, 3.40 Misty Lady, 4.10 Springbelle, 4.40 Two In A Row, 5.10 Motown Bob.
DOUBLE: Drinkuptrig and Tranquil Sea.
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