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Thursday 21 November 2019

Equiano Springs to mind for another victory

OPTION: Equiano Springs. Pic: Martin Lynch
OPTION: Equiano Springs. Pic: Martin Lynch

Equiano Springs landed a competitive heat at Newmarket last month and can follow up in the Betway Optional Claiming Handicap at Newcastle.

A winner at Doncaster back in May, he had been running consistently well through the summer until he turned in a poor effort at Ascot at the beginning of September.

He was a bit keen on that occasion and faded at the finish - but his neck triumph at Newmarket righted that wrong, and it would not be a surprise if he could strike again.

Aleneva found Group Three company far too tough last time, but the Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Conditions Stakes could be more up her street.

The form of her debut win back in June reads particularly well, because she had Walk In Marrakesh a short head back in second - with that runner having gone on to win a Listed event as well as being placed in Grade One company in Canada.

However, Aleneva was then off the track until last month, when she finished last of nine in the Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr - never looking like troubling the main contenders. She might just have needed that outing a bit - and getting 8lb from each of her rivals here, that fillies' weight allowance could prove telling.

Grand Bazaar disappointed when sent off a hot favourite on his debut but can make amends in the Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays EBF Novice Stakes.

He was a 210,000 guineas purchase, and Haydock punters were keen to support him over a mile on Merseyside last month, but the soft conditions looked to be his undoing as he could finish only third for John Gosden.

He lacked the necessary kick when push came to shove, so it perhaps makes sense to drop back to seven furlongs for this event.

Gosden can also be on the mark with Arabist in the 32Red.com Handicap at Kempton.

This Invincible Spirit colt got off the mark at the third time of asking, triumphing as an odds-on favourite in an extended one-mile-three-furlong maiden at Haydock last month.

He came home a length clear that day - after showing some decent form in his two previous starts - and given the testing nature of the Haydock ground, Arabist should certainly take this marginal step up in trip in his stride.

Thegreatestshowman has dropped a touch in the ratings and can take advantage in the 32Red Handicap.

Back-to-back wins in July and August saw him edged up to a mark of 86. But he has not hit the mark in his last three outings, so the handicapper has relented a little.

He certainly remains competitive for Amy Murphy, though, and is one for the short list.

CURRAGH: 1.00 Fame And Acclaim, 1.30 Moondrop, 2.05 Pulsating, 2.40 Liguria, 3.15 Sasta, 3.50 Mother Vincent, 4.25 Eacharn, 4.55 Summer's Dream.

EXETER: 1.50 No Cruise Yet, 2.25 Getaway Fred, 3.00 Putting Green, 3.35 Cresswell Legend, 4.10 Southfield Stone, 4.40 First Figaro, 5.10 Shinobi.

KEMPTON: 4.55 Castel Angelo, 5.30 Cheerful, 6.00 Cottingham, 6.30 Streeton, 7.00 Urban Highway, 7.30 Thegreatestshowman, 8.00 Arabist, 8.30 Mullarkey.

NEWCASTLE: 2.00 Yvette, 2.35 Grand Bazaar, 3.10 EQUIANO SPRINGS (NAP), 3.45 Aleneva, 4.20 Scheme, 4.50 Kindly, 5.20 Swiss Connection.

YARMOUTH: 1.40 Tyler Durden, 2.15 Made For All, 2.50 Frankly Darling, 3.25 Harmonise, 4.00 Best Haaf, 4.30 Sweet Forgetme Not, 5.00 Hi Ho Silver.

DOUBLE: Equiano Springs and Aleneva.

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