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Thursday 8 December 2016

Robins Pearl can get off the mark at Nottingham

Trainer Olly Stevens
Trainer Olly Stevens

Robins Pearl showed more than enough on her return to action at Lingfield last month to suggest she is up to getting off the mark in the 32Red Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Nottingham tomorrow.

The Olly Stevens-trained filly hinted at ability in a couple of back-end maidens on the all-weather at Kempton, finishing fifth on both occasions, but looked to have raised her game on her return from a winter break.

Andrea Atzeni positioned his mount close to the speed at Lingfield and she was far from disgraced in finishing third, beaten just under three lengths, and she may well have finished closer had she not suffered interference in the final furlong of the one-mile heat.

With that run under her belt, Robins Pearl looks bound to be involved if she handles the quick ground on her turf debut.

Ganymede has obvious claims in the pigletspantry.co.uk Handicap at Brighton.

The four-year-old struck gold on both the all-weather and the grass in 2014 and won with something to spare on his first visit to the seaside last week.

It is no surprise trainer Eve Johnson Houghton turns her charge out quickly under a penalty over the same course and distance and although last Tuesday's runner-up Dr Red Eye is better off at the weights, Ganymede is taken to confirm his superiority.

Gin In The Inn gets the nod in what is quite an intriguing EBF Stallions/Hardwick Hall Hotel Novice Stakes at Newcastle.

Trainer Richard Fahey has once again hit the front running at this early stage of the season and this Alfred Nobel colt looked one of the most impressive juveniles he has sent out so far when he made a successful start at Leicester two and a half weeks ago.

Gin In The Inn showed a smart change of gear considering the easy conditions to put the race to bed, suggesting this quicker surface could actually see him in a better light.

The fact the runner-up has been beaten since tempers enthusiasm slightly, but in truth, Fahey's charge was well on top and he should make it two from two before being aimed at something more ambitious in the next month or so.

BRIGHTON: 1.55 Mistymoistymorning, 2.25 Ganymede, 2.55 Jazri, 3.25 Mr Fickle, 3.55 Hawk Moth, 4.30 Claude Greenwood, 5.05 Perfect Pastime.

CHELMSFORD: 5.55 Falcon's Song, 6.30 Anwar, 7.05 Borough Boy, 7.40 Anya, 8.10 Noro Lim, 8.40 Patriotic, 9.10 Middle East Pearl.

NEWCASTLE: 5.10 Gin In The Inn, 5.45 Second Cut, 6.15 Lucky Lodge, 6.50 Mitchum, 7.25 Frosty The Snowman, 7.55 Celtic Artisan, 8.25 Signoret.

NOTTINGHAM: 2.15 ROBINS PEARL (NAP), 2.45 Celtic Sixpence, 3.15 Isabella Bird, 3.45 Casila, 4.15 Steve Rogers, 4.50 Robin Hill.

PUNCHESTOWN: 3.40 Wish Ye Didnt, 4.20 Douvan, 4.55 Some Article, 5.30 Flemenstar, 6.05 Petit Mouchoir, 6.40 Don Poli, 7.10 Red Giant.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.05 Rainbow Rebel, 2.35 Fast Dancer, 3.05 Taysh, 3.35 Queen Aggie, 4.05 Instant Attraction, 4.40 Stamp Duty, 5.15 Elite Force.

DOUBLE: Robins Pearl and Falcon's Song.

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