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BRONZE RIVER (eighth, 9.4f handicap, Wolverhampton, Monday, April 5)
BRONZE RIVER was the middle leg of an each-way treble I placed (the other two won) but I can’t be too disappointed by his last-of-eight effort as he was on the wrong end of a pace bias in this apprentice handicap. They went hard up front and the three who cut out the early running ended up faded into sixth, seventh and eighth of the eight runners. He’d run respectably over the same course and distance on his debut for Roger Teal last month and will be interesting back on Polytrack, the surface on which his two wins for previous trainer Andrew Balding were recorded.
COLONEL FAULKNER (third, 1m handicap, Musselburgh, Saturday. April 3)
COLONEL FAULKNER reportedly failed to handle the sharp track when third to Namoos on this Class 2 mile handicap but still fared best of those to come from off the pace. The form of his debut second in a 7f Doncaster maiden worked out well and a more galloping track will see him in a better light.
CRITICAL THINKING (seventh, 9.4f handicap, Wolverhampton, Monday, April 5)
CRITICAL THINKING also went off hard in the Bronze River race (see above), fading into seventh place in first-time blinkers. Seven of his last eight wins have come in cheekpieces and a switch of headgear could see him bounce back at likely juicy odds next time.
DAPPER MAN (sixth, 5f handicap, Musselburgh, Saturday, April 3)
The return to turf looked ideal for DAPPER MAN – he’s 10-52 on grass compared to just 1-18 on the all-weather – but a low draw and big field made life difficult for this front-runner. His 7-1 sixth of 17 was a fair effort in the circumstances and he and he’ll be of interest when next encountering a small field. Nine of his 11 wins have come in fields of nine or fewer runners.
ETON COLLEGE (won, 7f handicap, Musselburgh, Saturday, April 3)
On a day prominent racers enjoyed a huge advantage one of the most taking performances was that of ETON COLLEGE, who weaved his way through from off the pace to score. He’s pretty hopeless on the all-weather, especially at Newcastle where he’s beat only one rival from three starts, but has turf figures since his debut of 31102211 (4-8), with the ‘duck egg’ excusable as he played up in the preliminaries at Glorious Goodwood.
HEIGHTS OF ABRAHAM (fourth, 1m handicap, Musselburgh, Saturday, April 3)
HEIGHTS OF ABRAHAM finished just behind Colonel Faulkner (see above) when fourth in the Royal Mile, doing second best of the closers. He won at the second time of asking last year and should improve for this.
MOLLS MEMORY (fourth, 7f handicap, Musselburgh, Saturday, April 3)
The stall 1 draw and booking of Hollie Doyle tempted some punters to back MOLLS MEMORY in the Eton College race but the 13-2 shot met trouble, hung left-handed under pressure and had to settle for fourth place. This run took his record on turning tracks to 923294 (0-6) and she should pay her way over a straight 7f when there’s plenty of cut in the ground.
REDARNA (seventh, 7f handicap, Musselburgh, Saturday, April 3)
REDARNA has a poor seasonal debut record and his seventh place, without his usual cheekpieces, is safely ignored. Last year, he was beaten by 30 lengths without headgear on his comeback then won at 28-1 in the cheekpieces next time. In 2019, he finished unplaced in two runs with the cheekpieces and scored at 14-1 when they returned for his third outing. In 2018, he was ninth of ten on his reappearance before winning second time out at 13-2. In 2017, his first turf run of the year resulted in a fifth of seven before a 20-1 strike at the second time of asking.
TARBOOSH (sixth, 5f handicap, Musselburgh, Saturday, April 3)
TARBOOSH, returning from another wind operation, was never going to be suited by the big field but ran with credit in finishing sixth of the 13 runners from a poor low draw. Since his maiden victory, ten of his 11 wins have come in single-figure line-ups, with the exception in a split field at Doncaster where he raced with just a handful of others down the stands’ side.
THEMAXWECAN (won, 1m6f handicap, Musselburgh, Saturday, April 3)
The drying ground proved ideal for THEMAXWEXAN who came from further back than ideal to land the Queen’s Cup. This was his first start after being gelded and he could run up a sequence on a sound surface. He runs well at Ascot and will be very interesting at the Royal meeting.
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