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Monday 23 October 2017

Jacob's Pillow can emerge from slumber to win at Bath

JACOB'S Pillow can emerge as the best of a fairly average-looking bunch in the Western Daily Press Handicap at Bath.

William Haggas' charge hails from a fine family but has taken some time, and a gelding operation, to really find his stride on the track.

He was far from disgraced in placing on each of his three juvenile outings and was sent off a short-priced favourite as he made his return at Yarmouth last month.

However, he made much harder work of it than expected in seeing off Intermedium by a length, wandering around a bit in the closing stages despite being equipped with a hood for the first time.

While that performance did not rate that well on the day, the runner-up has since run out a six-length winner of a maiden and the third, Al Senad, has subsequently scored by eight lengths.

The 129th Year of The Watt Memorial Handicap is the feature at Beverley and New Tarabela is taken to snap a frustrating run of placed efforts.

He has finished second or third in each of his last five starts, most recently finishing just under five lengths adrift over a mile and six furlongs at Haydock.

New Tarabela was just plugging on in Merseyside and the fact his stride did not shorten indicates this step up to two miles may be a positive step.

The conditions of the race ensure he has a bit of pull in the weights and James Tate may have found an excellent opportunity for his charge to get off the mark.

Sophisticated Heir cost just 14,000 guineas at Tattersalls in May and looked a shrewd purchase when winning first time out for David O'Mera.

Winner of one of his nine starts for Jim Bolger, Sophisticated Heir lived up to his favourite tag on his British bow, triumphing by a head at Leicester last month.

The handicapper feels he is capable of more as he has put up Sophisticated Heir 4lb, but that extra chunk of weight should not be enough to stop him in the irishbigracetrends.com Handicap.

At Yarmouth, Armourer can prove too sharp for his rivals in the Asco And Perenco Handicap.

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