Delpech to lay down The Law in Michael Roberts


Jockey Anthony Delpech

CHAMPION jockey-turned-trainer Michael Roberts has two runners in the listed Michael Roberts Handicap that has been run in his honour for a number of years now, but whether Tropical Empire or Harbour Light are capable of lifting the prize for him remains to be seen.

<p>On recent collateral form Tropical Empire has his work cut out if he is to take the measure of both Wood Be Magic and The Law while the filly, Harbour Lights, looks outclassed in this field.&#160;<br />
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The Law look the runner to beat here. Anthony Delpech is up on Herman Brown’s runner for the first time and as the Mogok gelding was doing really good work at the finish over 1600m in the Christmas Handicap last time, the extra 200m should be to his liking.&#160;<br />
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In that event at Clairwood Wood Be Magic rallied gamely under pressure to beat The Law by a neck with Tropical Empire fourth, 2.50 lengths behind the winner. The Law found his feet when the race was all but over and was making ground on the winner in the closing stages while Tropical Empire was battling at the end.<br />
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Even though The Law now 0.5kg worse off with Tropical Empire, he is the one more likely to benefit from the extra distance.&#160;<br />
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Apple-A-Day has run two decent races at Greyville recently and his form at this track is not bad at all. He appears to be back to form and although drawn wide, could be the one that chases The Law home345.&#160; As is the case with The Law, Apple-A-Day will have a jockey who has never ridden him before. Stuart Randolph is in the saddle the six-year-old will need his experience he has drawn one from the outside in the 14-strong field. Randolph is one of a handful of jockeys who is not hassled by a wide draw.<br />
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Tropical Empire has yet to win at this course where his eight runs have yielded six places. He has run a good second – 0.50 lengths behind Gold Cup winner Desert Links – from only two starts over the distance though, and on those grounds cannot be overlooked.&#160;<br />
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Wood Be Magic showed guts when winning last time. He has won at this course and has finished in the money in both of his starts over this distance. He should be competitive but the raw facts of recent races indicate the other three have the edge over him.</p>

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