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Friday 9 December 2016

Time for Encore L'Amour to shine again

ENCORE L'AMOUR had to settle for second on her seasonal return but she can improve on that effort in the Lord Weinstock Memorial EBF Stallions Stakes at Newbury.

David Simcock's charge shaped with real promise during her juvenile campaign, shedding her maiden at the third attempt before turning in a thoroughly decent effort when not beaten far at all in a Deauville Group Three last October.

She disappointed on her final start when well behind Irish Rookie at Newmarket but Simcock just felt she ran very flat that day and it may well be that she was feeling the effects of a season that started in June.

Lady Of Dubai was second that day and she again had the beating of Encore L'Amour at Goodwood last month, but Simcock's charge narrowed the gap from seven lengths to just over three lengths on the second occasion, suggesting that perhaps she has made some serious progress during the winter.

She easily accounted for a handful of her rivals here on that occasion, making eyecatching late headway, and it is hard to see how they will reel her back in this time.

BERKELEY VALE is an interesting contender as he returns to turf in the Al Basti Equiworld Handicap after enjoying some all-weather success.

His previous four outings on grass have yielded little joy while five spins on the all-weather have produced a win and a second place, with that victory coming at Lingfield on his most recent outing.

That win came in what was only a weak handicap but he impressed in winning by over three lengths with a first-time visor appearing to sharpen him up nicely.

The visor stays on here and while he is facing an uphill battle after a hike in the weights, Berkeley Vale is only lightly raced and could still have a little up his sleeve.

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