Wednesday 13 December 2017

Looks like handicapper has let Guard down

IT IS worth chancing the handicapper has seriously underestimated Mark Johnston's Colour Guard, who takes the plunge at Southwell.

Winner of his only start to date, the son of Shamardal has been given a rating of 75 after winning over seven furlongs at the Nottinghamshire venue earlier this month. There is enough stamina in his pedigree to suggest the step up to a mile is well within his compass for the Bet At Blue Square On Your Mobile Handicap.

Unraced as a two- and three-year-old, there is plenty of size and scope about him and he has obviously taken his time to mature. While the form of his win is not particularly strong, there was never any doubt about the result.

It must be a nightmare for the assessors trying to pin down such horses, but the fact he ran around looking very green suggests there was an awful lot more in the tank.

The James Tate-trained Cape Safari has the ability to pick up a small race and she might not be found a better opportunity than the Southwell Golf Club Ladies Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Trained by Ed Dunlop last year, the Cape Cross filly is no superstar, but ran a solid enough race when second on her Fibresand debut last month.

Kalokagathia looked an unlucky loser last time and can open his account in the 32RedPoker.com Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Kempton.

Majestic Zafeen was a very easy winner at the Sunbury venue last month and, despite a 7lb hike in the weights, she may be progressing enough to cope with it. Alastair Lidderdale's filly could be pretty smart and the 32Red Casino Handicap (London Mile Qualifier) may be the first step towards the final of this series.

It usually takes a smart sort to win the Sidney Banks Memorial Novices' Hurdle at Huntingdon, and Nicky Henderson's All The Aces is pretty useful.

Mr Hooper, who hails from the in-form yard of Victor Dartnall, looked above average when winning a Chepstow bumper last year so warrants a second look in the Forest Row Novices' Hurdle at Lingfield.

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