CHERRY OAK (Newcastle, nap, 6.15) has consistently run well in handicaps but looks a little short of pace late on over the minimum trip and is now tried over six furlongs for the first time on Friday.
The filly is related to plenty of decent sprinters including the Group-winning Monsieur Chevalier who landed the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood in 2009 and 13 further successes. Unlikely to reach similar heights, the selection has been running this evening’s track well and may have finished closer when an eyecatching second seven days ago, had she not fallen out of the stalls. In the end, she rallied well but the winning post was always going to come too soon.
Cherry Oak was returning from a two-month break and will now be sharper, with the extra yardage looking a big bonus.
Musselburgh is the subject of a morning inspection but should there be an all clear then TRADITIONAL DANCER (Musselburgh, nb, 2.20) is one to note. The selection has not won for well over a year but is now dangerously handicapped and drops in class after disappointing here on New Year’s Day.
Third in a fast-run Listed handicap hurdle over course and distance 12 months ago, his last victory was recorded in the mud and the six-year-old is due another big run.
Winning at Chepstow will not be easy but JAMMIN MASTERS (Chepstow, 1.35) handles bog-like conditions and was clocked staying on dourly over two miles and three furlongs here 13 days ago. He does nothing quickly and should thoroughly appreciate today’s extra distance.
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