London – Geizy Teizy benefited from a change of tactics to score at Wolverhampton last time and can repeat the trick in the Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost EBF Fillies’ Handicap back at Dunstall Park on Monday.
Marco Botti’s filly showed improved form from her previous start at Kempton to beat Bubble And Squeak by a neck, thanks to coming off the pace after being slowly away. The application of first-time cheekpieces may also have played a part.
Geizy Teizy had gone close both at Chelmsford and Newcastle before that and runs here off only a 1kg higher mark.
This course and distance suits, so another bold display is on the cards.
Utopian Lad was a close second on his first run for David Loughnane and can go one better in the Ladbrokes ‘Play 1-2-Free’ On Football Handicap.
This three-year-old, formerly trained by Tom Dascombe, stayed on well in the final 200m to get within a neck of the winner at the line.
Sherpa Trail can make a triumphant return to the scene of his debut success in the Bombardier Golden Beer Novice Stakes. This Ed Walker-trained four-year-old made a belated racecourse bow over this 1400m only last month.
Sent off the 15-8 favourite, the Gio Ponti gelding overcame greenness to score by 0.75 lengths from Kentucky Kingdom. Sherpa Trail can defy his penalty to take another positive step in his education.
Born To Reason is becoming a regular on this track and can strike for the third time in his last six appearances in the Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Selling Handicap.
Alex Dunn’s six-year-old has run respectably in two races since landing a seller over the course and distance last month. There was no bid for this Born To Sea gelding after he scrambled home that day. Dropping back to that company can see him regain winning ways.
Lake View Lad could outclass his rivals in the William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Handicap Hurdle at Kelso. Trainer Nick Alexander is preparing his stable star for another tilt at the Randox Health Grand National, so this 4000m contest over the smaller obstacles is certainly not the be all and end all.
However, he has run two sound races in defeat so far this term – most recently placing third behind Top Ville Ben in the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day.
Connections have sensibly decided not to run him over fences again until the National weights are revealed – and this looks like the ideal opportunity for him to get a confidence-boosting win on the board against inferior horses.
Cat Tiger should register a second successive win at Plumpton in the Actiph Water Novices’ Hurdle.
Owner-rider David Maxwell went to 180,000 euros to secure the six-year-old’s services in November – and he made the perfect start by landing a Grade 3 at Auteuil just a few days later.
He has since joined Paul Nicholls and in four starts in Britain to date, has won twice and finished second twice.
Cat Tiger had plenty in hand when scoring over this course and distance three weeks ago and it will be a surprise if he does not follow up.- Press Association
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