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Monday 21 May 2018

Zest can provide some welcome joie de vivre

REVENGE MISSION: Zest. Pic: Martin Lynch
REVENGE MISSION: Zest. Pic: Martin Lynch

Zest can get back to winning ways in the British Stallion Studs/32Red EBF Fillies' Conditions Stakes at Lingfield.

James Fanshawe's mare has probably not quite lived up to her breeding, given her dam is a half-sister to the top-class Soviet Song, but she is still fairly useful on her day.

While she has only won three of her 17 starts, she has been more consistent of late and it is fair to say front-running tactics did not suit her last time out.

She faded to finish third behind Stellar Surprise and Carolinae, but there is a good case to be made for her to turn the tables on those two.

That was a handicap last time and Zest was giving plenty of weight away, 8lb to the winner and 5lb to the second.

This time the Elite Racing Club's mare meets them both on level terms and given she was only beaten a length and a half, she should gain her revenge.

Emenem should have benefited from a mid-winter break in the Betway Handicap.

Simon Dow has done well with the son of Sir Percy and the four-year-old already has four wins to his name, which is not a bad strike-rate given he has done most of his racing in competitive handicaps.

He last ran on St Stephen's Day when fourth to Mount Tahan at Wolverhampton, which is red-hot form given the winner has won again and been second to the potential top-notcher Star Archer.

Also, Emenem has been gelded in the interim, a procedure that more often than not ekes out a bit of improvement.

His biggest threat looks to be Abe Lincoln, a rare case of a winner last time out who saw his handicap mark drop.

Jeremy Noseda's Walk In The Sun showed a good attitude to get the better of a previous winner on his debut at Kempton.

He reappears in the 32Red Casino Novice Stakes and should be up to giving away a penalty. Given he cost E1.4million, it will be disappointing should he not.

Galileo's Spear is an interesting runner in the Bet Trifecta At totesport.com Handicap at Chelmsford. He began life in France with Alain de Royer-Dupre before moving to America, where he generally struggled on fast ground.

Now with Mark Prescott, he has shown little in two runs at Southwell but Fibresand might not be his thing and back on a more conventional all-weather surface like Tapeta, he looks of interest.

Alzammar can continue his good season for Sam England in the Watch Racing UK In Stunning HD Novices' Chase at Catterick. Presented with the race when his only two rivals fell at Catterick in December, he was not disgraced behind the smart Barney Dwan at Musselburgh last time out.

CATTERICK: 2.10 Pixiepot, 2.40 Ilaya, 3.10 Alzammar, 3.40 Luckime, 4.10 Special Wells, 4.40 Milly Baloo.

CHELMSFORD: 2.15 Dowitcher, 2.45 Our Kim, 3.15 Gala Celebration, 3.45 Galileo's Spear, 4.15 Jorvik Prince, 4.45 Too Many Shots.

LINGFIELD: 2.00 Avesome Alan, 2.30 Walk In The Sun, 3.00 Emenem, 3.30 ZEST (NAP), 4.00 Smiley Bagel, 4.30 Rivers Of Asia, 5.00 Loving Your Work.

DOUBLE: Zest and Emenem.

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