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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Sprinter Spellmaker can weave the necessary magic for victory

Spellmaker can find the necessary magic to win the Visit mytotepool.com at Chelmsford.

Tony Newcombe's sprinter often needs fortune in running as he is usually best when delivered from off the pace.

But things came together quite nicely at Lingfield on January 10, when Eoin Walsh brought the six-year-year with a perfect late run which produced a two-and-a-quarter-length victory in a six-furlong handicap.

The gelded son of Kheleyf subsequently finished fourth under a 6lb penalty over course and distance, but that was a better performance than the result suggested.

Spellmaker again came late and fast, but the protagonists at the head of affairs set a rare old gallop from the outset and, perhaps surprisingly, they refused to buckle. Even so, Newcombe must still have been happy enough as his representative was only beaten a length. He has also been left alone by the assessor on a mark of 76.

Consistency is also one of Spellmaker's biggest assets - a crucial trait in these trappy all-weather sprints - while Walsh knows him better than anyone and again receives the leg-up.

The return to six furlongs might do for Wedgewood Estates in the 32RedSport.com Handicap at Kempton. Tony Carroll's filly does not have a great win-to-run ratio, but her sole victory, at Wolverhampton in October, came at this trip.

Wedgewood Estates is now 1lb lower than when she won at Wolves, which adds further gloss to her already strong claims.

A Vos Gardes can continue to impress over hurdles when he runs at Haydock. Charlie Longsdon's inmate is presumably keen to give him more experience at this stage of his career, and though he must concede weight to plenty of fair horses, A Vos Gardes is a horse to follow.

FLAMING CHARMER looks the one in the Executive Hire Show Handicap Chase at Warwick.

Colin Tizzard's chestnut may have gone up 6lb for a victory at Wincanton last month, but he looked really good in Somerset.

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