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Preview - 10 June 2008


4.30 Redcar – Straight Mile Qualifier Handicap Class 3 1M G/F

Horses to consider

Gold Sovereign – Ran very well over the further trip last time when pulling to hard to muster enough speed to land that race. This race is a easier target for the horse and the connections don’t usually waste to much time with handicaps unless they feel this horse can fly the flag high for them in this race, Been gelded over the winter he will no doubt be in the market for a new stable come the autumn sales, but this season he will be used for fun purposes in landing some handicap prizes along the way for his powerful owners. The drop back to a mile should see Ted Durcan letting him bowl along more freely on the drying ground and he will be no doubt pressed for the lead by the well handicapped Zero Tolerance in this race and the free going Ansell’s Pride.

Zero Tolerance – Has got plenty of pace and after a very poor 2007 where he wasn’t right he returned this season much more like himself under less aggressive tactics and he could well track the pace today, the conditions may slightly be against him here today with the ground drying, but he is suited to a flat galloping mile and has handled better ground to a level that would have him suited to this company. Going back to 2006 he had class 2 form to his name and was at his peak in terms of recent performances to go on and is most probably best judged on his last run which has him in the melting pot for this today.

Hartstead – Is a bit course regular and does seem to know how to run his best races here for Alan Swinbank yard. The stable haven’t had the best of time so far this season and this exposed horse isn’t a progressive type, but he is proven around here over a mile and has a look of a horse that is handicapped to go well at this class 3 level and there fore deserves plenty of respect with Dean Mckeown on board and should come on for the recent runs with conditions to suit today.

Reel Buddy Star – Looks overpriced in this race from a feather weight and even though conditions underfoot wont suggest that this weight will be a massive bonus, he should benefit to come through to challenge of what looks likely to be quite a generous pace up front with plenty of natural pace for this horse to aim at. Recent form suggest he has a real chance of this weight and is very unexposed as a handicapper so their could be improvement to come, unlikely to have as much as the top weight in terms of raw ability the fact he receives 2 stones in weight will help his cause.

Verdict – An open handicap at the weights and maybe the favourite is a class above these, it will be informative today to see just how much he has come on from being gelded over the winter and how he matches up against a yardstick in Zero Tolerance who looked back to form, however with conditions in his favour Alan Swinbank Runner could be the one to side with at a generous price today.

Selection Hartstead 1 pt win @ 10/1 (BF11’s)

Best of luck all

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