Quayside Court (Claire Dyson)
The 9-y-o has a modest strike rate but does know how to win when presented with the chance and once again showed a liking for a right-handed track when taking a step back in the right direction at Market Rasen last time, finishing third after forcing the pace. Stuck on a bit better than of late (stays well) and could take a little 0-95 at one of his favoured tracks (Fontwell. Towcester, Taunton) in the next few weeks.
Quinsman (Caroline Bailey)
A horse I liked a lot last year but the handicapper had his say after a couple of victories. However, has twice run well this summer on left-handed tracks and there was much more to like about his third at Bangor last time (second ran well at the weekend) and has fallen to a very winnable mark. Doesn’t mind a bit of cut either and his turn doesn’t look far away.
Fromthetop (Michael Scudamore)
Still looks ridiculously well handicapped on his Irish point form and I was impressed with the way he won at Worcester. Took it up some way out and made use of his undoubted stamina as they all came to have a go at him in the straight. He fought them all off and stayed on tenaciously after the last. Quite possible the run at Huntingdon came too soon (jumped with no fluency) and shouldn’t be written off yet, especially when stamina is at a premium.
Gavi (Karen George)
Not unbacked for his handicap debut at Worcester and duly rewarded each-way support with a staying-on third behind the useful Anton Dolin. Looked well in the paddock and a small step up in trip could see him winning a little 0-95 in the next few weeks.
Golanova (Gary Moore)
Ran really well against a horse I like a lot, Breaking Bits, at Fontwell, where he might have gone very close to winning had he not fluffed the last. Possibly found the Huntingdon race coming a bit soon for him (had been absent for a while before Fontwell) on top of which he looked very subdued in the paddock, and he ran nowhere near the Fontwell form. Definitely worth another chance to show that form all wrong.
Oneofapear (Mike Sowersby)
I was a little dubious of Oneofapear’s debut run at Market Rasen where he seemed to run well in the face of a stiff task, but in finishing a staying on third to Wake Your Dreams and The Cockney Mackem (both winners since) he showed it was no fluke and that he’s definitely going the right way. A strong run 20-22 furlongs will suit him down to the ground and looks one to keep onside.
Whispering Boy (David Bridgewater)
Despite the midfield finish behind the duelling Royal Peak and She Is A Cracker at Worcester he simply couldn’t have travelled any better in midfield before coming off the bridle turning in. He found very little when asked for his effort, however, and it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise to see a tongue tie added at some point soon. One to keep a close eye on, should improve.
Presenting Junior (Martin Todhunter)
Looked to have come on again from his Hexham victory, as he travelled and jumped like the best horse in the race at Cartmel and showed a good attitude to go and pick up long-time leader Oh Right on the run in (pair well clear). Raised 8lb for that but given he was 17l clear of the third that looks fair. Only 6 and plenty more improvement to come in Northern staying Handicap chases this winter.
Hill Forts Gloria (Lawney Hill)
Formerly with Seamus Mullins, she had some reasonable handicap form early in her career but had seemingly lost her way, but looked revitalised by the tongue tie and cheek pieces combination at Huntingdon on her latest start. Sent on with a circuit to go by Gavin Sheehan, she looked to have them all cooked three out but got ran out of it late on. That run was from 9lb out of the handicap and even the smallest step forward from that would make her a good thing to win a staying handicap very soon off a ridiculously low mark.
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