Skidoo looks in control

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Skidoo looks in control

Ken Nicol – Skidoo could be the answer to a tricky MR 96 Handicap over 1000m at Kenilworth on Saturday, 15 February 2020.

This Paul Reeves-trained gelding has scored all four wins over this trip and beat a similarly competitive field on L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate day a month ago, but his rating was only hiked by two points.

He carries a mere 52kg in Race 6 with Leon Tarentaal’s 2.5kg claim and consequently the speedy sort will take a lot of pegging back.

Tarentaal makes his comeback at this meeting after seven months off due to a broken fibula and could well be celebrating with a victory.

The Brett Crawford-trained Golden Tractor is rapidly improving and is the obvious class act. After three consecutive course and distance wins, he ran Cartel Captain close last time giving away 4kg – and that one was runner-up in the R5 million CTS 1200 on Sun Met day.

But as his merit rating was hiked to 106, he now carries a daunting 62kg and is a massive 9.5kg worse off with Skidoo who he beat by a mere short-head two runs back.

On the bare numbers he has no chance, but this is a very talented three-year-old and needs to be included in exotics.

Apollo Ace, Dragon Power and rejuvenated veteran Al Wahed are others worth considering.

Best bet on the card though is in Race 4, a Maiden Plate over 2500m. Long Reign has been the runner-up in his last three runs and finished strongly the only previous time he tried this trip to get within a neck of the filly Miss La Dee Da giving away 7.5kg.

He finished 0.75 lengths in front of In Auro then and in a race that is weak form-wise, that one looks the only possible danger.

But Long Reign is a clear first selection in Race 4 and can be confidently bankered in all exotics.

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