The time of that seven-furlong handicap was on a par with anything I’ve clocked during the winter at the Newark venue and the selection appears to hold a bright chance of going one better providing those exertions haven’t taken their toll. The handicapper had previously shown a little generosity in dealing with the seven-year-old and his mark of 86 looks a viable perch for him at present.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks they say, but equipping INTRANSIGENT (Kempton, nb, 7.45) with the first-time visor may challenge that assertion. Andrew Balding’s veteran has been a grand horse in his time and those with excellent memories may remember he did this column a favour last January with young Rob Hornby on board. It is the excellent Joshua Bryan’s turn to enjoy a spin on the nine-year-old who boasts some excellent stats at the track and is slipping to a very attractive mark despite his advancing years.
He was only beaten three lengths by this year’s all-weather revelation Spare Parts last time and the headgear should help to give his young rider a hand by encouraging his mount to travel a little sweeter.
DARK SIDE DREAM (Kempton, 8.15) consistently compiles excellent speed figures on the all-weather and he makes plenty of appeal with Silvestre De Sousa on board for his in-form stable. Any each-way prices about the six-year-old look very fair value.
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