Wednesday, 23 November 2011

A few pointers from Sedgefield

SEDGEFIELD – Tuesday November 22nd

Going – Good to Soft

The opening novices’ hurdle saw a comfortable win for short priced favourite BOUND TO GLORY. His hurdling debut was decent at Carlisle, he will stay further than this 2m 4f and should make his mark in better company. BADGERS RETREAT ran into hotpot for the second race running, but he does seem well suited by the track, stuck to his guns though held and might have a shout in a maiden or weak novices’ event.

TRUSTAN TIMES looks a promising chasing recruit and won the 2m 4f beginners’ chase. He should have had a bit to spare but made a hash of the last two fences. He’s a nice looking sort who had jumped well until then and should progress.
DODGEY DREAM performed creditably in second, jumping nicely in front though showing a tendency to go slightly left. He made the winner pull out all the stops and should find a chase a a minor northern track.

TIPSY INDIAN is in decent form and battled well to see off a few of the usual suspects in the 2m Class 5 handicap chase. He’s not brilliant but does have a decent attitude. ROYAL MILE was second and hinted that he didn’t go through with his challenge as he might have done, given that he was going best two out. He may needs things to fall his way.
BRADDOCK ISLAND unseated early and then careered into the rails near the stands. The gelding injured a course worker who had to be taken to hospital, though I understand the course worker Ivan Porter is now on the mend.

FRONTIER BOY hinted at being a progressive sort when upped in trip at Kelso. In confirmed that comfortably here in taking the 3m 3f Class 5 handicap chase. He eased clear from two out, jumping well all the way and should stand a step up in grade. RISKIER made a brave attempt from the front but was held from two out. He would be an obvious choice in a similar contest.

FUNKY MUNKY had hinted at being capable of wining a hurdle and obliged at the eighth time of asking, catching SHORT SUPPLY on the run-in. Alistair Whillans should be able to place the winner to advantage again before long. The runner-up made a brave attempt having kicked on from three out. I wouldn’t have thought SHORT SUPPLY would want the ground any softer.
SYDNEY COVE chased the leaders from two out but never got in a blow. A stiffer track will suit him,and he now seems to be settling better.

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