IT’S the time of year when you can find some real gems if you look closely enough and Thursday’s action is positively sparkling.
Angel’s Breath is a disappointing absentee but there are plenty of others floating around that look capable of flaunting their wares on a Saturday stage.
3.15 Mountain Hawk – Tim Easterby’s contender was a narrow winner last time out and it’s no surprise to see him stepping up in trip now.
This extra yardage is sure to suit and he gets weight from his main rival I’m To Blame, who has been flattered by beating poor opposition recently.
A mark of 120 looks a fair opening rating and he can kick of his handicap career in style.
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4.00 Peppay Le Pugh – Dan Skelton has done wonders with his eight-year-old since it was switched to his stable from Dan Dennis.
A win off 121 at Doncaster last time was a career-best effort and the style in which he did it suggests he can defy a 6lb rise.
Stable jock Harry Skelton has chosen to ride him over Holyrale and that tells its own story.
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3.15 Sedgefield Mountain Hawk
4.00 Huntingdon Peppay Le Pugh
5.20 Southwell – Geography Teacher
6.10 Wolverhampton – Doctor Sardonicus
6.55 Chelmsford – Executive Force
5.20 Geography Teacher – Has only won twice, but both victories have been at this track, including a clear-cut victory last time out.
Considering he was behind early that was a decent performance and would suggest he has more to come on this surface if breaking on terms.
He’s up 4lb but Jamie Gormley takes off 3lb of that and he’s effectively only 1lb higher – expect him to run a screamer if negotiating his wide draw.
6.10 Doctor Sardonicus – Produced a fine, front-running performance to take down a decent field at this track back in December.
He’ll need to get a similarly easy lead but he’s copped the best draw and this looks a similar sort of contest.
A 4lb rise could well underestimate him and under these conditions he’s a force to be reckoned with.
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6.55 Executive Force – Five-year-old is in the form of his life having won his last three races and he can make it four under a 6lb penalty.
He was mighty impressive last time when beating a couple of useful sorts for the grade and there’s plenty more to come from him.
The step to a mile-and-a-quarter clearly worked wonders for him last time and he’s unexposed over this trip.