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Saturday 10 December 2016

Speed can Master the field to claim Uttoxeter win

SPEED MASTER is an interesting contender as he reverts to fences in the Listed John Smith's Summer Cup at Uttoxeter tomorrow.

Nigel Twiston-Davies' charge has a somewhat patchy profile over both hurdles and fences, but recent runs suggest he is returning to peak form and a last-time-out win at Stratford should have sent his confidence soaring.

That victory came over hurdles, when he overcame a flat spot to kick on again on the run to line, eventually running out a three-and-a-quarter-length winner.

Speed Master was notching his fourth hurdles win in 11 starts that day and while his chase record is not as impressive, he remains reasonably unexposed in that division having had just six runs.

A winner at Warwick back in March 2014, Speed Master finished second subsequently but was then pulled up in two consecutive runs, prompting Twiston-Davies to return to hurdles.

Sketchy jumping has cost him on occasion but he is now rated a couple of pounds lower over fences than hurdles and can exploit that narrow advantage over a staying trip that should suit.

SCOONER was edged out by a well-treated rival at Goodwood recently but compensation awaits in Windsor's Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap.

Roger Charlton's charge impressed when running out a comfortable winner on his reappearance at Wolverhampton in April, putting two average juvenile runs behind him.

Awarded an initial mark of 82, Charlton then switched him to turf at Goodwood and he appeared favourably rated but found 33-1 shot River Dart even better in as he went down by half a length.

That appeared to be a decent event, a view evidently shared by the handicapper as he has put up Scooner by 3lb, although that should not be enough to stop him here.

FINE BLEND may have been a relatively cheap purchase at €10,000 but she can continue to pay her way in the ROA/Racing Post Owners Jackpot EBF Fillies' Conditions Stakes.

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