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Lancashire Telegraph racing column
7:00am Friday 7th March 2014 in Sport
Flying Power looks to have a fighting chance at the summit of the weights of the Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap at Wolverhampton.
John Norton’s six-year-old has a fine record at Dunstall Park, winning three races from nine starts, but was probably always up against it over course and distance last month.
The gelded son of Dubai Destination was predictably sent off at big odds in a class two handicap over a mile and half, but was far from disgraced as he got to within three lengths of the 100-rated Blue Wave, who has since hit the target in another hot event.
With similarly sharp rivals thin on the ground, allied to a distinct drop in class, Flying Power should again run honourably.
Norton’s charge won last February off the same mark of 84, while Paddy Aspell, who has done the steering in four of his six career victories, retains the partnership.
Future Security is a big threat with a 6lb penalty, but Flying Power should prove too good.
Pinotage deserves a shift in fortune when he goes for gold in the Coral Mobile “Just Three Clicks To Bet” Handicap.
Peter Niven’s six-year-old rarely lets the side down at Wolves, even though he has yet to win at the track.
The Danbird gelding again ran his usual honest race over a mile and three-quarters here last month when he got reasonably close to the prolific Waving, with the third horse home never nearer.
Pinotage steps back down in trip to a mile and a half - a distance at which he won off the same mark at Lingfield a few years ago - and should not be too far away under James Sullivan.
San Telm has had quite a lot on his plate this winter, but the slight dip in class can do it for him in the Charles Stanley Handicap Hurdle at Sandown.
Renee Robeson’s nine-year-old was an easy winner over fences at Fakenham in December, but since then he has looked up against it in good company.
That said, he made a little little progress in a hot handicap hurdle at Haydock last month to suggest it may be possible to claim a weaker race than that off a revised mark of 123.
The return to a shorter distance also looks a good piece of business.
Los Nadis, by contrast, is likely to appreciate going up in trip at Ayr.
Jim Goldie’s versatile 10-year-old has been in solid, if startling, form this winter, with a clutch of reasonable efforts at Musselburgh in the book.
It was a similar story last month as he made a feisty bid from the head of affairs in a two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle at the East Lothian track.
Los Nadis lacked the pace of the major players heading towards the second-last flight, and had to make to with fifth spot behind Rumble Of Thunder.
That run was not without its merits, however, and clearly persuaded Goldie that the rise to just over three miles is the way to go.
Los Nadis is well treated on the pick of his hurdling form a few years ago and also has proven form in the mud.
Lord Landen is unlikely to be much of a price at Leicester, but he should not let anyone down.
The nine-year-old gelding has been thumped by the assessor ahead of the Leicester Interactive Novices’ Handicap Chase, but he could have not won at this track in February with any more authority.
Lord Landen could be even better now he chances his arm over just shy of three miles.
AYR: 1.50 Eduard, 2.20 Titus Bolt, 2.50 Sam Lord, 3.25 Bescot Springs, 4.00 Los Nadis, 4.35 Wicklow Lad, 5.10 Shadow Boxer.
DUNDALK: 6.15 Master Speaker, 6.45 Catwilldo, 7.15 Political Policy, 7.45 Rust Never Sleeps, 8.15 Captain Cullen, 8.45 Hilary, 9.15 First Friday.
LEICESTER: 2.10 Arkaim, 2.40 Lord Landen, 3.15 Little Legend, 3.50 Taffy Thomas, 4.25 Kentford Legend, 5.00 Delta Borget.
SANDOWN: 2.00 Alanjou, 2.30 Greywell Boy, 3.05 Polisky, 3.40 San Telm, 4.15 Fredo, 4.50 Mountain King.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.30 Thorpe Bay, 6.00 Rose Buck, 6.30 Waving, 7.00 Edgware Road, 7.30 FLYING POWER (NAP), 8.00 Puzzle Time, 8.30 Pinotage.
DOUBLE: Flying Power and San Telm.
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