Monday 18 December 2017

Plenty to like about Botti Filly

LIKE THE NIGHT should be able to open her account in the Free Entry For Betdaq Members Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Kempton.

Second on both of her previous outings, the Byron filly chased home an above-average type on debut and handled the step up to six furlongs well enough last time, but just came up short.

Marco Botti's inmate still showed signs of greenness on that occasion so hopefully there should be a bit more improvement to come as she learns more about the job.

A return to something like the form he showed in the summer should enable the Andrew Balding-trained Kakatosi to win the Betdaq Mobile Apps Conditions Stakes.

He looked a really promising type in the summer of 2010 but found winning harder last season.

Nevertheless, he managed to finish second to Beacon Lodge in a Listed race at Haydock last May, and maybe bettered that when a close second to Henry Cecil's smart filly Chachamaidee at York.

He was beaten just a length in a conditions race at Lingfield last month, a run which suggests his turn is not far away again.

Kevin Ryan's Bapak Pintar was placed in three maidens in the summer and makes his debut in open company in the skysports.com Racing Handicap.

Third at Ayr on his debut, second to the useful Mehdi at Ripon and third at Beverley, the Royal Applause colt is obviously useful.

Mick Easterby's Dicky Mint has not quite fulfilled the promise of his first few runs, but is surely capable of taking advantage of a falling mark in the Dry Hill Handicap at Lingfield.

Nicky Henderson's Eradicate should be suited by the tight track at Southwell in the Membership of Southwell Golf Club Novices' Chase.

Smart enough to twice win the Swinton Hurdle, he has already shown similar ability over fences.

Touched off on his chasing debut at Sandown, the had no trouble opening his account at Doncaster.

Not disgraced by any means in Grade One company behind the high-class Al Ferof in the Henry VIII, he still had every chance turning into the straight.

There is nothing of that calibre in this contest and he looks to have a straightforward task.

Henderson can also strike with recent Ascot second Cheney Manor in the Sid Jeffcoate - Celebrating A Lifetime In Racing Novices’ Handicap Chase at Huntingdon.

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