King James a right royal bet


<p><strong>JACK MILNER </strong></p>
<p>KING James has won three of his four races over 1000m but they have all been at Clairwood. Today the Captain Al gelding has his first outing at Scottsville in Race 7, a MR 93 Handicap over 1000m, and a lot will depend on how he handles the undulating track.</p>

<p>Trainer Tracy Woolard has done remarkably well with this four-year-old. He made his debut in February and was sent off at 40-1. He made those odds look ridiculous when costing home345 by 3.50 lengths.</p>
<p>His second start provided in the exact opposite result. On that that occasion over 1200m, he was backed from 7-2 to 15-10. He raced prominently for most of the journey, but faded to eighth, 4.25 lengths behind Marissimo.</p>
<p>Since then he has been restricted to 1000m and after two consecutive wins, was probably a bit unlucky when falling to course-specialist Darwin in June. Sean Tarry&rsquo;s filly got away from the field early on and, although King James came at her over the last 200m, the line came in time and Darwin won by a fast-diminishing 0.75 lengths.</p>
<p>King James has been rested for 130 days but bookmakers are not taking any chances and have opened him at 18-10.</p>
<p>Dante&rsquo;s Inferno broke the course record over 1000m at Clairwood when beating Arabesque Dancer last time out and is undoubtedly in top form. The Count Dubois gelding has not won at this track but the five-year-old finished a neck second to Red Flyer on his last appearance at Scottsville.</p>
<p>Pegasus Emblem will have no problem with this track but is another who has been rested. Denis Drier&rsquo;s runner won his only start over 1000m at this track and has not run unplaced over the course and distance.</p>

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