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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Tate's charger Sbraase is the one to watch

James Tate
James Tate

SBRAASE blew away the cobwebs with a decent run at Wolverhampton earlier this month and he should be primed for the Coral Connect Handicap back at Dunstall Park.

James Tate’s charge was a winner last September and placed on two further starts on the Tapeta track before the turn of the year, signing off with a three-and-a-half-length second in November before going on something of a mini-break.

Returned to action earlier this month, Sbraase clashed with the reopposing Leonard Thomas over nine and a half furlongs and while only minor distances separated the entire field that day, Tate’s charge fared much the better in claiming a short-head second to Off The Pulse, while Leonard Thomas was sixth.

There was no sort of pace early on that day which did not play to Sbraase’s strengths.

While he eventually picked up, he had to challenge widest of all and given those two factors, better is expected here.

SINGLE LENSE should enjoy the step up to a mile in the 32Red.com Maiden Stakes after finishing second over seven furlongs last time.

There is plenty of stamina in his pedigree so it was no surprise to see Ed Walker’s charge find one too sharp on his first effort.

It is intriguing connections have persisted with TACTICUS, who lines up in the Coral App Download From The App Store Maiden Stakes at Lingfield.

The four-year-old hails from the family of Spinning World but has shown only moderate form in what has been a stop-start career to date.

He showed promise on his sole juvenile start but three runs last term failed to yield the anticipated improvement and his Group Two entries proved way wide of the mark.

Tacticus has been off the track since last July and while such a long lay-off is far from ideal, he will at least be fresh for action as he is equipped with cheekpieces for the first time here.

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