Thursday 14 December 2017

Oratory is in with a fine shout

Oratory can make a protracted return to the winner's enclosure in the feature race of the day at Nottingham.

Although Richard Hannon's four-year-old has not hit the target since his juvenile days, that statistic is misleading.

Danehill Dancer's son has continued to return consistent efforts in big handicaps this term to suggest his time is near.

The step up to a mile clearly worked at Ascot after a 50-day break as he took fifth in a far superior race than this.

Hannon has now made the bold decision to give Oratory the chance to shine over 10 furlongs for the first time in the Denman -- Building For You -- Handicap.

And with the handicapper finally showing signs of relenting, a new mark of 92 looks most workable.

Elas Diamond also holds cast-iron claims in division two of the EBF Maiden.

A number of the big Newmarket yards hold entries in this one-mile event, but Jeremy Noseda's filly looks one of the most intriguing juveniles in the line-up.

The juvenile is probably bred for middle distances in the fulness of time, being out of Lancashire Oaks winner Ela Athena, but certainly knew her job first time up, drawing purposefully clear from all bar Khawlah in a typically strong maiden at Newmarket.

And with the winner that day having since finished third in a Group Three, the form looks pretty reliable.

Misscomplacent should know exactly what is expected of her in the Try Betdaq For An Exchange Nursery at Kempton.

Although winless from eight tries, Ann Duffield's juvenile was backed as though that unwanted statistic was to be stricken from the record at Wolverhampton last time.

It did not quite work out that way, though, as the Compton Place filly finished a staying-on third in what has emerged an above-average handicap for the prize-money.

Misscomplacent is clearly suited by an artificial surface and is probably weighted to win from off a perch of 61.

It may be significant that Seb Sanders has retained the faith.

Love You Louis can satiate the needs of Brighton punters in the hardingscatering.co.uk Handicap.

John Jenkins' four-year-old yielded handsome dividends in August, winning at Folkestone before returning to the seaside track to finish third.

He has plenty of pace when the mood suits, and is just 1lb higher than his last winning mark.

Any ground issues are allayed given the fact he has won before in bottomless conditions.

Good racing at Wincanton, from where Morestead should fare well in the Higos Insurance Services Handicap Chase.

Brendan Powell's chestnut has been in top trim this summer, and will certainly have the edge over most of these rivals in terms of fitness.

Maurisca can make a seamless switch in discipline when he takes the plunge in the Higos Is Somerset Business of the Year Novices' Handicap Hurdle.

Charlie Longsdon's five-year-old has had a good year over fences, but can exploit a considerably lower rating over hurdles in this two-and-a-half-mile affair.


BRIGHTON: 2.30 Love You Louis, 3.00 Afaara, 3.30 House Point, 4.00 Momkinzain, 4.30 Eye Of Eternity, 5.00 Via Aurelia, 5.30 Abhainn

KEMPTON: 5.20 Lady Of Garmoran, 5.50 Our Gal, 6.20 Prophet In A Dream, 6.50 Misscomplacent, 7.20 Pearl Ice, 7.50 Pearl Arch, 8.20 Jennerous Blue, 8.50 Beggar's Opera

NOTTINGHAM: 2.10 Midnight Moon, 2.40 Elas Diamond, 3.10 Plea, 3.40 Highland Park, 4.10 ORATORY (NAP), 4.40 Barnet Fair, 5.10 Durham Express, 5.40 Cardinal

PUNCHESTOWN: 2.45 Alderwood, 3.15 Luska Lad, 3.45 The Shepherd, 4.15 Loosen My Load, 4.45 Sizing Europe, 5.15 Lock Mor Lad, 5.45 Joe Smooth

WINCANTON: 2.20 You Can Of Course, 2.50 Morestead, 3.20 Maurisca, 3.50 Classic Clover, 4.20 Windpfeil, 4.50 Jubail

DOUBLE: Oratory and Elas Diamond

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