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Sunday 17 December 2017

Trip switch provides the Dream ticket for Shena’s

Shena’s Dream can add to her gains at Pontefract on debut by winning the Jung Pumpen & Pump Technology Handicap at Newbury.

The William Haggas-trained three-year-old looked above average over six furlongs at the Yorkshire circuit when readily accounting for Warrick Brown by half a length.

This step up to a mile is a logical manoeuvre given she is related to a clutch of winners over similar distances. Such was the close proximity to Warrick Brown, the handicapper has been unable to get too serious, so Haggas must be quietly satisfied by her inaugural mark of 67.

The likelihood of drying ground is also a boon – as is the appointment of Royal Ascot top jockey Ryan Moore.

Ryedale Lass was an unlucky loser at Bath last time, but has been unearthed a nice race at Brighton in which to set the record straight.

The four-year-old filly was a no-nonsense scorer over a mile and a quarter here on June 12, for which she was raised 6lb. She is clearly still progressing, though, as Ryedale Lass should really have struck again at Bath.

Although the assessor has been brutal by adding another 5lb for that second-placed finish to Pindar, many observers feel she has more to offer ahead of the Wolseley UK Handicap.

Trainer Joseph Tuite’s decision to step her up to just short of a mile and a half also looks a good piece of business given the staying qualities which were so evident at Brighton on her penultimate run.

Carragold can dish out weight and a beating in the Remember John “Mother” Hubbard

Handicap at Beverley. The Mel Brittain-trained six-year-old has not yet finished out of the money on seven starts at the track and was an uncompromising winner here in May off a 7lb lower mark.

Carragold also goes well on a rain-softened surface. Despite being on a career-high mark, he clearly still has room to manoeuvre off 77.

Irish import Fear Glic made a pleasing British debut at Newton Abbot in May, and ought to go close in the In Memory of Peter (Mr Kipling) Burns Maiden Hurdle.

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