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2nd March 2024 7:49 am

“A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries."

Moving swiftly on, or not in some cases

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Perhaps the least said about yesterday the better.

EXCITING DAYS needs further, different ground, retraining, cutting and then sold to Turkey. BARTHOLOMEW J suffered from a race in which pace was at a premium. He started to make a move 4f out, but he wasn’t picking up in what turned out to be a tight-packed bunch finish for the first three separated by less than ½ length. AMANGIRI was withdrawn having sweated up badly. It would appear the problem isn’t cracked yet.

Only one needs win to be safe

Today there is a good little C3 handicap sprint at Sandown in the 1:50. Robert Cowell trains two, of which LEO MINOR is more interesting. In his last race at Newmarket a week ago he ran into trouble, and it could be argued that impedance resulted in his 5l defeat. I also made a note of BEYOND EQUAL in a 6f race at Bath LTO when he finished in eye-catching fashion. and over that distance, I would have been backing him – this is too short. SWISS KNIGHT for Stuart Williams wore a first-time tongue tie in a C2 Hcap at Newmarket in early June. His first sprint, after a lay-off he went into notebooks as one for the future. Amanda Perrett’s TINTO also ran into trouble at Windsor and might be better than his near-6l defeat suggested. The market suggests he is being backed so I’m suggesting SWISS KNIGHT and I might add TINTO for an RFC.

I like the look of LIBERTY BEACH in the 2:20 whose far-side position in The Queen Mary on soft ground, did her no favours.

Finally, wise players always have to keep an eye on dear old Rod Millman and he runs BIOTIC at Sandown at 5.05. Two wins and three places at the Esher track, and with Jo Mason riding, the handicapper’s recent leniency might bring rewards.

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