Saturday 16 December 2017

Kerbaaj can bounce back at Southwell

Kerbaaj should be supported at Southwell after having finally reappeared from a worrying trough.

He looked a genuine top-notcher on his debut at Sandown in July 2012, but it has rather been a tale of woe since then.

Stone last on his next three outings, he was promptly shipped out of Charlie Hills' yard and into the care of Ruth Carr.

The North Yorkshire handler also struggled with him last season, but everything seemed to fall back into place earlier this month.

Kerbaaj was not at all fancied in a six-furlong handicap at Wolverhampton - his first start since last October - but the gelded son of Dixie Union showed plenty of fire to take third place, beaten just a length and a half from off the pace.

Having seemingly inherited some of his sire's renowned ability on an artificial surface, this was an all-weather debut not to be sniffed at.

He was not particularly well drawn that day, too, so it is hardly an outrageous claim to pre-empt further progress in Nottinghamshire.

Kerbaaj is obviously not one to trust implicitly, but that Wolves spin will have done him the power of good, while an existing mark of 67 is 15lb lower than when he was first assessed in his halcyon days.

Proofreader made a most encouraging debut for Neil Mulholland and looks a tempting proposition in the 32RedSport.com Handicap at Kempton.

The six-year-old son of Authorized has had all manner of issues over the years, when trained by John Gosden, but happily appears back on the straight and narrow.

Proofreader, who has only had five career starts, had been sidelined since May 2013 when he trotted up over a mile and a quarter at this track in February.

Held up from the outset by Adam Kirby, he arguably arrived too late on the scene and was two lengths in arrears of Puzzle Time at the line.

No matter, that still went down as a fine effort given how long he had been off, with Mulholland now deciding to step him up a furlong, which will not be a problem.

As long as his wise trainer can keep him fit, Proofreader could have a good season .

KEMPTON: 5.45 Chevise, 6.15 Harley Rebel, 6.45 Amosite, 7.15 Bari, 7.45 City Of Angkor Wat, 8.15 Proofreader.

LINGFIELD: 2.30 Triple Dip, 3.00 El Duque, 3.30 Callac, 4.00 Squire, 4.30 Dishy Guru, 5.00 Shifting Star

NEWTON ABBOT: 2.10 Seven Nation Army, 2.40 Otago Trail, 3.10 Auvergnat, 3.40 Snowell, 4.10 Long John, 4.40 Sandynow.

SOUTHWELL: 2.20 Tijan, 2.50 Blazeofenchantment, 3.20 Patriotic, 4.20 KERBAAJ (NAP), 4.20 What Asham, 4.50 Helium.

DOUBLE: Kerbaaj and Proofreader.

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