Thursday 23 November 2017

Pearl can prove a Kempton jewel for Dixon

SCOTT DIXON could hardly have his horses in better shape and Cadeaux Pearl should take all of the beating in the Back Or Lay At betdaq.com Handicap at Kempton.

Rated as highly as 89 during last year when with Dandy Nicholls, the move to Nottinghamshire-based Dixon has clearly had the desired effect as he won with a deal of authority at Southwell at the end of December.

Raised 5lb for that to a mark of 79, he still might have something in hand and the form was given a boost by runner-up Ghostwing’s success last week.

The Sunbury card on the whole looks a difficult puzzle to solve but Nina Rose does make some appeal dropped in trip for the skysports.com Fillies’ Handicap.

The Clive Cox-trained five-year-old has shown a reasonable liking for Polytrack, recording a win and a couple of placings from five tries at this venue and Wolverhampton.

Having missed the whole of 2010 and seen just twice in the summer of last year, the daughter of Pastoral Pursuits seems to have found her niche.

This will be the first time she has encountered seven furlongs since September of 2009, but the suspicion is that it will suit.

Royal Envoy should not be discounted in the skysports.com Racing Handicap.

Paul Howling’s nine-year-old ran a solid race here in early December on his first start for 259 days, and while disappointing subsequently towards the end of the month, it would not be the first time a horse has done that on its second run back.

Granted, it is a while since he was successful, but he likes this track and is 20lb lower than his last winning mark.

John Ferguson is enjoying an |excellent season training former |Godolphin and Darley cast-offs over jumps and Art History can add to his tally in the Doncaster Racecourse Wedding Show 15th January Juvenile Hurdle.

He would surely have won at Catterick last time but for unseating his rider at the second-last in an incident-packed affair. Compensation awaits.

Paradise Expected showed a liking for Ffos Las when successful on St Stephen’s Day and could well follow up in the Masons Arms Handicap Chase.

Tim Vaughan’s charge clearly relished the testing conditions and can expect to encounter similar ground.

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