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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:35am Tuesday 15th April 2014 in Sport
Pearl Princess only recently saw a racecourse for the first time and has shown enough in two quick starts to suggest she can win something like the Ladbrokes Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Southwell.
The Olly Stevens-trained filly bumped into more experienced rivals on debut but was beaten less than two lengths, while she met a couple of decent ones, in particular a potentially smart winner in Passing By, at Lingfield.
Well clear of the rest of the field on that occasion, she is a half-sister to a Listed-race winner on heavy ground over a mile and looks well worth a try at that trip herself for the first time.
Hughie Morrison's Realize is an interesting one in the Ladbrokes Handicap.
The Zafeen gelding proved very solid last season and was quietly progressive, winning once and hinting at better to come in defeat.
Another winter on his back will have done him good and stepping up to seven furlongs promises to suit.
The handicapper has left him alone and further improvement is entirely feasible.
Geeaitch is the one to be with in the Coral Just Three Clicks To Bet Handicap.
Peter Hiatt's five-year-old has been a regular around the Polytracks of Kempton, Lingfield and Wolverhampton, but found a mile and three furlongs much to his liking when given a smart ride by Robert Winston to score here at the beginning of this month.
Always travelling really nicely, Winston held on to him for a long as possible, which proved a wise move.
It looks like he takes a bit of knowing, so Winston will be even wiser this time as he rides for the second time and he remains quite well handicapped despite a 5lb rise, as he is still only 1lb higher than his previous winning mark.
Travel has been a model of consistency on the all-weather this year and is strongly fancied to record a third success of 2014 in the 32Red.com Apprentice Handicap.
Jack Garrity is more than capable in the saddle and a mile and six in Nottinghamshire will suit better than the mile and a half she ran over in February, as a real stamina test has been to her liking of late.
Ray Of Joy should be just that for her followers in the 32Red Fillies' Handicap.
She remains on an appealing mark and simply found an unexposed one too good at Kempton last week.
Overclear can record a deserved success in the Sika Liquid Plastics Seamless Handicap Chase on the jumps card at Kempton.
Now a 12-year-old, he ran a cracker in defeat at Taunton when bumping into Le Bacardy, who has won again since.
He has not won in a long time, but masking that is he missed the whole of 2011 and 2012 and that last run offers some encouragement.
Mia's Vic would not be winning out of turn in the Sika-Trocal Flexible Novices' Handicap Chase having been second on his last three outings.
He is clearly capable of picking up a race off his current mark.
Rydon Pynes can get back to winning ways in the City of Exeter Challenge Cup Handicap Hurdle at the Devon track.
Winner of a novice hurdle at this track in November, he ran a cracking race in a good handicap event at Newbury when second to Upswing having looked the likely victor at one stage.
The Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham was always going to be a big ask and in fact he fell, but as long as that has not left too much of a mark he can gain a confidence-boosting success.
EXETER: 2.00 Chinatown Boy, 2.30 Rydon Pynes, 3.00 Orange Nassau, 3.35 Benbecula, 4.10 Gores Island, 4.40 Alskamatic, 5.10 Tea For Two, 5.45 King's Tempest.
KEMPTON: 2.10 Overclear, 2.40 Desoto County, 3.15 Mia's Vic, 3.50 Act Alone, 4.20 Merrion Square, 4.50 Kilmurvy, 5.20 Shoreacres.
SOUTHWELL: 2.20 Stand Guard, 2.50 Geeaitch, 3.25 Spitfire, 4.00 PEARL PRINCESS (NAP), 4.30 Realize, 5.00 Ray Of Joy, 5.35 Travel.
DOUBLE: Pearl Princess and Geeaitch.
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