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Saturday 21 October 2017

It would be Wrood not to stick with Fanshawe's filly

Wrood has done all her racing at Lingfield so far and she returns to the Surrey venue once more for the 188Bet Great In Play Handicap.

James Fanshawe's filly made it third-time lucky when winning over 10 furlongs at the track last month, holding on for a neck verdict over a rival who has since come out and won again.

After finishing second on her first couple of outings, it must have been a relief to see Wrood finally get her head in front as she snatched the glory in the dying strides. A step up in trip from a mile certainly benefited her that day and a stronger pace may bring about further improvement as she was keeping on strongly at the end.

An initial mark of 79 looks fair enough and gives Fanshawe something to work on with this daughter of Invasor.

Qatar Road can step up on his debut effort in the second division of the 188Bet Casino Maiden Stakes. He was beaten over four lengths in fifth at Newmarket last month but was always slightly up against it after being slow to break.

Marco Botti's charge looked a bit green when asked to make his move but should shape better this time.

Sweeping Rock is worth another chance in the University And Literary Club Handicap at Bath.

The four-year-old was a clear-cut victor for Marcus Tregoning at this venue in July but paid for that effort with a steep climb through the ratings.

A creditable third at Ffos Las followed but he had to settle for fourth, after being picked off third, over a mile and five furlongs here last month.

Tregoning tries him a slightly easier event this time and off a 1lb lower mark, he is expected to be thereabouts again.

Sleep Walk hails from the fine family of Cityscape and Bated Breath but suffered a surprise defeat on the Kempton all-weather at the start of last month.

Winner of her two previous outings, she found it tough going on the Polytrack, being beaten just under two lengths into fourth when perhaps the track just did not suit.

Back on turf for the Xperia Smart Phone Handicap, it is too early to be writing her off.

Miss Crystal can snap a frustrating run of thirds as she switches from maiden company for the Dribuild Ltd Fillies' Handicap.

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