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Lancashire Telegraph racing column
7:50am Monday 24th February 2014 in Sport
Minority Interest can atone for two unfortunate defeats in the attheraces.com Exclusive Barry Geraghty Blog Maiden Hurdle at Plumpton.
Trained by the unheralded Daniel O'Brien in Kent, the five-year-old was no great shakes on the level but he already looks like making up into a much better hurdler.
Having started life with Sir Michael Stoute he showed promise on his debut when fifth of 12 behind Trade Commisioner but after that initial promise it was downhill thereafter, really.
He did manage to win a few races on the level but from marks in the 50s.
Sent off at 33-1 for his hurdling debut at Plumpton he was beaten by the narrowest of margins which for a stable of O'Brien's size will have been hard to take.
For his second start a month later he might not have won but would have certainly been involved in the finish when he unseated Tom Cannon two from home.
He proved that day he can handle bad ground and deserves a change of fortune.
Fresh from the victory of Wyck Hill in the Eider Chase David Bridgwater can strike again with Present To You in the Windsor Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase (for The Gay Kindersley Memorial Salver).
Placed at Towcester and Warwick the last twice, he is certainly on a winnable mark and is surely the one to beat.
Morning With Ivan was not exactly a cheap recruit at 42,000 guineas in the autumn but she can pay back another sliver of that price with victory in the Download New Racing Racing UK Anywhere Today Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Musselburgh.
The four-year-old won three times on the level for Jim Bolger and has shown a bit of ability in three starts so far for Martin Todhunter over obstacles.
She has placed on each of those occasions, being narrowly denied on her first attempt before again hitting the bar when sent off favourite at Doncaster next time up.
That run was perhaps a little lacklustre but she shaped much better when second at this track last month, again just falling short in novice company.
Up against her own sex, Morning With Ivan has every chance of an inaugural hurdles win.
Dreamy George is the choice in the Musselburgh Interactive Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.
He looked as though better ground could be the key to him when staying on admirably for second at Doncaster last month, finishing behind a fair performer in Victor Hewgo.
Now qualified for a mark of 121, he is an interesting contender for trainer John Ferguson.
Dubai Celebration should be primed and ready for the Coral Mobile "Just Three Clicks To Bet" Apprentice Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Julie Camacho's performer is really pretty consistent and after a few runs before Christmas, Dubai Celebration was given a bit of a break before returning to action at this track in late January.
He had to settle for second in a very similar event to this, keeping on well without ever really looking like catching the winner.
Dubai Celebration needs to be kept in reserve for a late challenge so is maybe not the easiest ride, but Conor Beasley is a decent pilot and should be equal to the task.
Stanlow shoots for his hat-trick in the Ladbrokes Handicap and can shrug off an extra 3lb to complete the feat.
The four-year-old has been making steady progress and finally struck gold with a narrow neck victory at Lingfield in January, battling on gamely at the finish.
Raised 3lb for that, Stanlow again proved too smart for his Dunstall Park rivals when notching another narrow win at the beginning of February.
He travelled strongly throughout and while he did not win by far, he was not all-out in the finish and could have enough in reserve to deal with an additional 3lb.
Gabrial The Boss should be on the premises in the Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap.
He is well at home at this kind of level and can continue to thrive for new handler Michael Mullineaux.
MUSSELBURGH: 1.50 Katachenko, 2.20 Rocky Stone, 2.50 Oh Right, 3.20 Pass Muster, 3.50 Dreamy George, 4.20 Blue Kascade, 4.50 Morning With Ivan.
PLUMPTON: 2.05 Minority Interest, 2.35 Baby Shine, 3.10 Dungeness, 3.40 Present To You, 4.10 Royaume Bleu, 4.40 Free Falling 5.10 Exitas.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 3.00 Shawkantango, 3.30 Brownsville, 4.00 Gabrial The Boss, 4.30 Dubai Celebration, 5.00 Rose Kazan, 5.30 Mount Glenn, 6.00 Stanlow.
DOUBLE: Morning With Ivan and Dubai Celebration.