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The Bet Victor racing column
9:00am Wednesday 26th February 2014 in Sport
You won’t find Barry Geraghty round Bangor very often, but he goes there this afternoon to ride two very smart types for Rebecca Curtis.
The pair teamed up with O’Faolins Boy’s success in the Reynoldstown Chase (16/1 Non Runner Free Bet for the RSA Chase) and the combo team up once more for the pair of Churchtown Love (2.30) in the first and Creative Boru in the last and both hold excellent claims.
Churchtown Love (2.30) makes her debut under rules after winning her maiden point-to-point in Ireland at the second attempt earlier in the month. Although she went unsold at the Cheltenham sales last April she looks bred for the job and the yard will have her spot on. Venetia Williams’ string remain in good heart and Rosa Fleet is the danger under a penalty.
Curtis’ record in bumpers is nothing short of excellent, 26% record in the field over the last five seasons and Bing Drinker another winner in this sphere over the weekend.
He’s a stoutly bred point-to-point winner and looks the ideal type to excel under rules, especially with the yard in excellent form. Battle Born was a game winner last month at Warwick but carries a 7lb penalty for that win and that weight can see Creative Boru just edge it.
The three mile handicap chase on the card looks a competitive affair and although Take The Mick is respected for the all-conquering Venetia Williams stable, he is worth opposing at the forecasted price of odds-on.
He was a 21 length winner of a conditionals handicap chase and as such remains unpenalised but failed to follow up at Towcester on Sunday and is having his third run inside a week, has he gone to the well once too often?
Makethemostofnow (4.00) is a fascinating runner for the Evan Williams stable, last seen finishing third behind subsequent National Spirit winner Kayf Moss at Ffos Las and reverts back chasing after a stint over the smaller obstacles.
The 9-y-o has a terrific record at the track, beating David Pipe’s Buddy Bolero in a maiden hurdle here as well as three further wins, all on testing ground and has trickled down to a mark of 119. He looks primed for a big run from a career low mark having been rated 18lb higher when defeating Keppols Hill here over course and distance last season.
The Donald McCain stable celebrated a double at Musselburgh on Monday and they look a yard creeping back to form, which should give Sir Mangan (3.30) an excellent chance of building on his already bright start to the season.
The 6-y-o debuted in a warm Aintree bumper and has been unlucky to subsequently bump into some of the hottest novices in the north, running behind Blakemount and Racing Pulse before beating next time out winner Dare to Endeavour last month at Sedgefield.
He bumped into the smart Flemenson at Wetherby, the pair pulling clear and look two smart novices to keep on the right side of, both should improve further when likely embarking on novice chase campaigns next season.
There’s a cracking card at Wincanton, weather permitting, and is a track where Paul Nicholls’ excels, 17 winners in the last 12 months at a strike rate of 31%.
Both his Fairytale Theatre and Fascino Rustico (3.50) hold strong claims, with preference for the latter, who was originally purchased for £310,000 after making a winner debut at Carlisle in April 2012.
He has disappointed since but put in his strongest performance to date when splitting the pair of Amore Alato and Sgt Reckless at Kempton and looks well treated on that form running in the two mile handicap hurdle from a mark of 126.
He isn’t the most fluent of jumper as seen when coming down at the second last on his last start at Wetherby but should improve with experience and remains a fantastic prospect for the Nicholls team.
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