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Friday 9 December 2016

Back Baraweez to surprise and be the best

Baraweez and Colm O'Donoghue (in orange) dig deep to hold off fellow raider Jack's Revenge to win yesterday's feature at Galway. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Baraweez and Colm O'Donoghue (in orange) dig deep to hold off fellow raider Jack's Revenge to win yesterday's feature at Galway. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Baraweez can surprise a few in the Totescoop6 Victoria Cup at Ascot.

Brian Ellison’s five-year-old will be a big price for the ever-competitive heritage handicap, but he might have been badly underestimated in the market.

A few blips aside, the gelded son of Cape Cross has watertight form in good races and looks an ideal type for this seven-furlong affair.

Baraweez enjoyed a smashing 2014, claiming valuable prizes at Leopardstown and at Galway on extreme variants of going. That not only underscored his versatility, but it also showed that competing over seven furlongs in hurly-burly handicaps is very much his forte.

Classic clues on offer at Lingfield, with Wedding Vow potentially the leading light in the Betfred Mobile Oaks Trial Stakes. Aidan O’Brien had this one well entered up all weekend, so it is interesting to see her make the trip across the Irish Sea.

The daughter of Galileo is still a maiden, but her literal form behind subsequent Guineas heroine Legatissimo should not be sniffed at.

Wedding Vow was beaten three and three-quarters of a length in a Listed race at Gowran on April 26, but the one-mile trip was not to her liking.

She clearly needs a more stiffer test of stamina so should be in her element at the Surrey circuit.

Christophermarlowe gained plenty of new admirers at Epsom last month and can carry on the good work in the betfred.com Derby Trial Stakes. John Gosden’s colt showed no shortage of vigour to pull four lengths clear in the Derby Trial on the Downs and has the correct pedigree to take this ascent in trip within his stride.

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