Thursday 14 December 2017

Time looks just perfect to go Dutch at Kempton

Marco Botti
Marco Botti

LADY DUTCH made a big impression when sauntering clear on her British debut at Kempton in February and is expected to take a step up to Listed class in her stride as she returns to the track for the Betfred Mobile Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes.

The four-year-old is bred for the job as a daughter of Dutch Art out of a Montjeu mare and mixed it at a good level for a couple of years in Italy.

While form from the continent is often difficult to quantify, the handicapper was impressed enough to hand her a three-figure rating on her first start for Marco Botti and she looked every inch a stakes performer as she turned in an impressive display.

Lady Dutch beat a couple of useful performers in Baltic Knight and Afonso De Sousa, with the latter coming out and running well again in last weekend's Magnolia Stakes at the Sunbury venue.

She faces a couple of interesting rivals for her latest assignment, including the highly-tried Queen Catrine, but Botti's filly has the fitness edge and with the yard firing on all cylinders she is a confident selection.

Champion trainer Richard Hannon also has his string in good nick and appears to have found SHAGAH an excellent opportunity to make a winning return.

The daughter of Invincible Spirit may have only managed a solitary victory from seven starts at two, but she ran many a good race in defeat, perhaps most notably finishing third behind Agnes Stewart in Doncaster's May Hill Stakes.

She remains in contention for both the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish equivalent at the Curragh and if she is a realistic Classic contender, she needs to be winning the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Fillies' Conditions Stakes.

The debut success of MASTER OF IRONY has worked out nicely and he should be a tough nut to crack in the Betfred Racing "Follow Us On Twitter" Conditions Stakes.


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CARLISLE: 1.45 Bobs Lord Tara, 2.20 Barafundle, 2.55 Ever So Much, 3.30 No Deal, 4.05 Take The Cash, 4.40 Scarlet Fire, 5.15 Now Let Go.

CORK: 2.10 Shahzeena, 2.45 Off Limits, 3.20 Magic Of Christmas, 3.55 Dragon Khan, 4.30 Massinga, 5.00 Pyromaniac, 5.30 Jinsha Lake.

HAYDOCK: 1.25 Village Vic, 2.00 Ziga Boy, 2.35 Gold Futures, 3.10 Virak, 3.45 Comeonginger, 4.20 Hunters Hoof, 4.55 Beggars Cross.

KEMPTON: 1.40 Anwar, 2.15 Almuheet, 2.50 LADY DUTCH (NAP), 3.25 Made With Love, 4.00 Shagah, 4.35 Master Of Irony, 5.10 Taws.

NEWTON ABBOT: 1.15 Margaret's Rose, 1.50 Minella Bliss, 2.25 Burtons Well, 3.00 Karinga Dancer, 3.35 Call Me Kate, 4.10 Ball Hopper, 4.45 My Legal Lady.

DOUBLE: Lady Dutch and Shagah.

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