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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:36am Monday 7th April 2014 in Sport
Black Schnapps can star on the opening afternoon of the new season at Windsor.
William Muir's charge lines up in the New Horseracing Odds At unibet.co.uk Handicap with one win and a second to his credit in three starts to date.
The three-year-old made a fair start in the dying days of the 2013 Turf campaign, finishing second on desperate ground at Salisbury before turning out just two weeks later to win over a mile on the all weather at Lingfield.
Muir felt it was worth a try in novice company after that but the drop back to seven furlongs did not really appear to suit and Black Schnapps was beaten some 33 lengths by the winner.
However, it should be underlined that the 16-length victor that day was Toast Of New York, who has since gone on to land the UAE Derby and is viewed as a lively outsider for Classic glory.
Black Schapps is clearly not in the same bracket as that colt but off a mark of 79 here, Muir still has plenty to work with and this event could provide a dream start to the 2014 season.
Gone With The Wind has entries in some richly-endowed races this term and the Download The Unibet Pro App Handicap looks another good opportunity along the way.
The Dutch Art colt did not make much impact on his sole juvenile start but has made up for lost time with two victories already this year.
While he made hard work of it on the first occasion at Lingfield, he shaped much better when running out a length-and-a-half victor at Kempton.
A 6lb rise is not ideal but Gone With The Wind is clearly a horse on the up and although trips in excess of this six furlongs should suit in time, he has enough dash to feature again here.
Cannock Chase was far too green to himself justice on his only start last term and much better awaits in the Windsor Vehicle Leasing wvl.co.uk Maiden Stakes.
Sir Michael Stoute's charge was slow into stride last autumn but should be wiser for the experience and can put the knowledge to good use.
Latin Charm struck gold over a mile at Redcar on his final start last and he can make a triumphant return back over that trip and track.
Marco Botti's runner improved on an initial maiden third at Yarmouth to win a fair little event before being put away for the winter.
Awarded a starting mark of 74, the handicapper appears to have given him a pretty fair chance in the racinguk.com/anywhere: 3Devices, 1Price Handicap as Latin Charm looked a horse who is sure to strike again.
Knight Owl notched back to back successes at the end of last term and can pick up where he left off in the Book Tickets Online @ redcarracing.co.uk Handicap.
A stylish success at Nottingham last August sent his confidence sky high and he then followed up at Leicester in September in what was a really competitive heat.
His half-length verdict that day prevents too steep a rise in the weights and he could still be ahead of the game at present.
Yagheer did not really take to the Polytrack at Lingfield when well beaten last time but should be given another chance back on grass in the Follow RedcarRacing On Facebook & Twitter Apprentice Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
The jumps season starts to dial down a little now Aintree is out of the way but My Flora could raise some interest in the Green Tree Hotel Peebles Mares' Handicap Chase at Kelso.
The 10-year-old was under the tutelage for Donald McCain for much of 2013, but switched to Dan Skelton's burgeoning yard before kicking off her winter campaign.
She was a little disappointing on her December comeback in testing ground at Bangor, but was not disgraced when fourth in good company at Doncaster on her next start.
Skelton found his mare the perfect opportunity to get back on the winning trail at Stratford last month and she got the job done in fine style.
The handicapper has had his say, raising My Flora six pounds, but she remains capable of making her presence felt if the ground is not too soft.
KELSO: 2.00 Serenity Now, 2.30 Whiskey Chaser, 3.00 Edmund, 3.30 Bop Along, 4.00 Just Awake, 4.30 Harris Hawk, 5.00 My Flora, 5.30 King Of Strings.
REDCAR: 2.20 Paddy Again, 2.50 Captain T, 3.20 Stanarley Pic, 3.50 Knight Owl, 4.20 Latin Charm, 4.50 Yagheer, 5.20 Zanouska.
WINDSOR: 2.10 Magical Roundabout, 2.40 Gone With The Wind, 3.10 Saigon City, 3.40 BLACK SCHNAPPS (NAP), 4.10 Cannock Chase, 4.40 He's A Striker, 5.10 Afro.
DOUBLE: Black Schnapps and Latin Charm.
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