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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
7:42am Monday 28th April 2014 in Sport
Vincentti should go very close in the 32Red.com Handicap at Bath.
Trainer Ron Harris has always thought quite a bit of this four-year-old gelding, but he has, frustratingly, not won since his juvenile days.
That said, he has been set some pretty stiff tests in good sprint handicaps, so that statistic is a little misleading.
Vincentti is also in pretty good form, and warmed up for this with a pleasing run over six furlongs at Wolverhampton.
Although he was unable to deploy his favoured trailblazing tactics, the son of Invincible Spirit stayed on for third behind Jubilee Brig.
Just as important, though, is his ability to act on soft ground.
With heavy rain forecast, conditions are likely to be relatively demanding at Bath, which will considerably aid his cause.
After all, Vincentti's two wins to date were achieved with plenty of juice underfoot, while his career-best effort, when beaten just a nose by the high-class Moviesta at York last May, also came when the mud was flying.
Harris' inmate was rated as highly as 91 last summer, but runs at Bath off a 13lb lower mark.
Allied to Adam Kirby's appointment in the saddle, he rates a solid shout at potentially decent odds.
Opera Buff is a worthy ally in the Daily Unibet Early Prices From 9am Handicap at Windsor.
Sean Curran's five-year-old must admittedly overcome a pretty long absence, but his form last season on testing ground fuels optimism.
The son of Oratorio was a 10-length winner of a mile-and-three-quarter handicap in a Salisbury bog last October, after which he did well over even farther at Goodwood.
Opera Buff is unlikely to be too severely knocked off his stride by going back in trip, especially if James Doyle attempts to make it a genuine test of stamina from the front.
Rio Yuma looks interesting on her handicap bow at Kempton.
The three-year-old filly floundered in soft ground at Newcastle on her last outing, but her run before that over this course and distance was much more like it.
Kristin Stubbs' resident finished third behind Emaratiya Ana in a reasonable fillies' maiden to suggest she would be well capable of winning an ordinary event like this.
An inaugural mark of 63 gives her wise connections plenty with which to work ahead of the Download The BetVictor App Now Handicap.
Dynastic is worth a shot back over two miles in the Punchestown Festival Pools From Tomorrow Handicap Southwell.
Tony Coyle's five-year-old was beaten fair and square in a handicap over a mile and six at Southwell earlier in the month, but he finished off his race nicely enough.
By contrast to most of his rivals, Dynastic still looks quite unexposed as he tries this extreme distance for the first time since his days in Ireland.
Mcbirney was narrowly denied at Yarmouth a week ago, but deliverance can be swift and satisfying in the Quicksilverslots Play £500 Jackpot Rainbow Riches Handicap at Wolverhampton.
BATH: 1.30 Encore Encore, 2.00 Perfect Muse, 2.30 Doomah, 3.00 VINCENTTI (NAP), 3.30 Sleep Walk, 4.00 Yul Finegold, 4.30 Bold Runner.
KEMPTON: 1.40 Chanceuse, 2.10 Rio Yuma, 2.40 Heisman, 3.10 Accession, 3.40 Classic Devotion, 4.10 Grey Blue, 4.40 Dimitar.
NAAS: 4.55 Kasbah, 5.25 Have A Nice Day, 5.55 Gathering Power, 6.25 Icy Lady, 6.55 Srucahan, 7.25 Dark Crusader, 7.55 Kerkeni.
SOUTHWELL: 5.15 General Tufto, 5.45 Red Primo, 6.15 Wildcat Lass, 6.45 Kung Hei Fat Choy, 7.15 Meshardal, 7.45 Missy Wells, 8.15 Dynastic.
WINDSOR: 5.35 Dougal, 6.05 Man Of Harlech, 6.35 Rydan, 7.05 Top Diktat, 7.35 Opera Buff, 8.05 Lightning Shower.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.50 Mont Signal, 2.20 Come On Dave, 2.50 Mcbirney, 3.20 Back Burner, 3.50 Arianrhod, 4.20 Minley, 4.50 De Lesseps.
DOUBLE: Vincentti and Opera Buff.
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