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The Bet Victor Racing Column
8:00am Monday 28th April 2014 in Sport
All flat action today and the Kempton draw could have been kinder to Heisman (2.40) who ran a cracker over C&D on debut before giving best to a useful sort of Godolphin’s here at the beginning of the month.
The selection showed distinct signs of greenness in the preliminaries and if curbing his coltish tendencies he has every chance of going one better.
Munjally looks the obvious danger having run well in all four starts for Richard Hannon Snr last season but he is more exposed than Heisman who gets the vote despite having to overcome his wide draw.
Criteria (3.40) cost connections 535,000 Guineas as a yearling and John Gosden will be keen to get a win under her belt for paddock value and he looks to have found an excellent opportunity in the BetVictor.com 12f maiden.
The daughter of Galileo ran well in third at Newbury over 10f on her seasonal reappearance and this 12f trip should be within her compass. Warrigal (4.10) won at Lingfield on debut under Ryan Moore and the partnership are reunited in the 11f handicap.
We know the horse goes well fresh, has the plum draw in stall one and the hope is that the former Champion jockey can sit handy on the lightly-raced 4-y-old before setting sail for home. It is a very competitive event though Warrigal is the one open to most improvement.
In the opener the booking of Richard Hughes for Nyanza (1.40) suggests connections are hopeful of a big run from a filly who showed more than enough last term to be of interest stepped up in trip as a 3-y-old.
Mushala has already had a run this term and ought to come on for the outing whilst it would be no surprise to see an improved showing from Updated now handicapping for the first time with Jamie Spencer taking over for the first time.
At Windsor Andrew Balding has his string in good form and Man Of Harlech (6.05) can go one better than when runner up at Pontefract last backend on debut on good ground.
As a son of Dansili he may not want too much further rain although his half-brother Border patrol loved soft ground. I the last I like the look of Cosette (8.05) who is bred to appreciate this step up to 12f having run with great promise over inadequate trips as a juvenile.
There is plenty of stamina on the dam’s side and she might have most to fear from Lightning Shower of Marco Botti although the latter isn’t bred to appreciate any more significant rain.
There is significant rain forecast at Bath for Sunday and Monday which won’t inconvenience Yul Finegold (4.00) who is fitted with a hood for the first time this afternoon.
The selection has run well both starts on soft ground including when runner-up at Windsor on his reappearance from a 2lb lower mark.
Fergus Sweeney, who was in the plate for his comeback, keeps the mount and he might have most to fear from Angus Glens who suggested a step back up in trip would suit when running on over 10f also at Windsor earlier in the month.
In the feature sprint Vincentti (3.00) has dropped to his last winning mark, goes well on soft ground and is reunited with Adam Kirby for Ronald Harris whose horses are beginning to find their feet and they had a welcome winner at Brighton last week.
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