Tuesday 25 October 2016

Piper to lead Move In Time home

David O'Meara's Prix de l'Abbaye hero Move In Time makes his reappearance in the EBF Stallions Soba Conditions Stakes at Hamilton but he may struggle to give away race fitness and weight to Pipers Note.

The French Group One at the end of the season was a notable feather in O'Meara's cap given the former Bryan Smart inmate appeared to have plenty to find but that race has a habit of throwing up a shock.

Because of that, though, his rating of 113 could be slightly inflated whereas Pipers Note is definitely a sprinter on the up.

Decent in some big handicaps last season, Richard Whittaker's five-year-old has taken a big step forward this term, winning three of his four races.

He won off 94 at Beverley, landed a competitive sprint at Ripon off a 5lb higher mark and was unplaced behind O'Meara's Algar Lad at York before regaining the winning thread last time out back on the Westwood at Beverley.

That was a conditions race, as is this, and it could hardly have been framed better for him.

Ismail Mohammed's Kerrymerry was narrowly denied when bidding for a hat-trick last time out at Newbury and while he was just touched off, a 2lb rise might not stop him in the John Dudgeon 84th Birthday Handicap.

William Haggas' Tasleet ran in the same York race and looked utterly clueless early on before the penny dropped and he fairly flew home. He reappears in the Truvape/EBF Maiden Stakes at Chepstow and should be a lot wiser for that experience.

Having also jumped a path during that race, it speaks volumes that he still showed so much promise.

John Gosden's Markstein is the best bet on a low-key card at Brighton. The Godolphin-owned colt might not be well handicapped off a mark of 75 but there appears little of note in the Janes' Solicitors Maiden Stakes.

Kings Bayonet has another go at hurdling in the Jenkinsons Caterers Handicap Hurdle at Stratford. Having run in some decent handicaps on the level, he may be well treated.

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