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Preview 14 June 2008

2:50 York CADOGAN SILVER SALVER STAKES (HANDICAP) (CLASS 2) (3yo+,0-105) Winner 17,485.20

Horses to consider

Re Barolo - Jimmy Quinn is a interesting booking for this horse after riding a treble at this track yesterday and the quick ground should help his performance having shown plenty of speed on the all weather two runs back after getting hampered at the start and still stamping his class on the race in very good fashion to land that handicap and the run next time in the Zetland Gold Cup back on turf at Redcar wasn't a disappointing effort by no stretch of imagination as that handicap was one of the better contested Zetland Gold cups in recent years and the performance was up there with the best the runners have in this handicap. Dropped 3lbs in weight for that run is a added bonus on this unexposed type and there is more to come from the horse and is one of the best handicapped horses in this field in my view as he continues to go the right way for a useful handler who could have a big season. The pace is certain to be strong in this handicap with plenty of pace involved and with Mesbaah likely to be lit up with the first time blinkers forcing that gallop over shorter this could be set up for a closer, likely to be ridden just of the pace, tucking in from draw 8 with the tongue strap on he could well be produced at the right time to win over this galloping 9F that should be ideal.

Free Offer - Ran a creditable race on her return this season and this run should come at the right time for the horse, as she looks to continue improving this season, in what looks a below average class 2 handicap for the track. The run at Newmarket last season, when just denied, catches the eye, as the horse pulled very hard, and still managed to get within a head of landing that race. She is still 3lbs higher then that run on official ratings, but this isn't a overly strong race. With the strong pace allowing the horse to settle better in her race, over this shorter trip it might finally pay to be on side with this horse, as John Dunlop's horses continue to have a strong season. The ground should be on the right side of good for this horse who has a touch of ability at above this level. With the ground on the quick side, the booking of Eddie Ahern, who has won on this horse in the past, there could be room for thinking that this is her race for the season. Yet to achieve the dizzy heights of some of her rivals, she may tame these today from a fair racing weight and go on to be one of the best horses in this handicap.

Zero Tolerance - has a key role to play in this handicap as he will cut out the running with a few of these and if not getting drawn into a strong up front battle with the now blinkered Mesbaah he may be one that sticks this trip out better then the other front runners, the concern has to be that he has not had the most ideal ground this season and the Beverley run behind Full Victory showed that he is well handicapped again as hr was just denied on ground that was quick enough for him. Seems to handle quick ground better then he use to, but he does have the most natural class in this field if you trail far enough back and given that he isn't over used in terms of racing he does hold some of his ability. If this were on ground with cut in he would be a certain winner of this race of this weight I feel and that is enough for him to make the shortlist from this low weight against these rivals. Likely to find one too good though with the race maybe not run to suit him with the lead being contested but could land a place and deserves respect and a mention in this race, one to keep a close eye on when running with cut.

Mesbaah - Another that is likely to cut out the running even though draw 13 is unlucky for a front runner to have over this trip, however he has first time blinkers on today and that might re-ignite this horse to show his best form as he has dropped away twice at this track so far this season. Trained by Richard Fahey a master at landing handicaps at this venue, he has a lot of eye-catching reasons to be considered for this race. The mile run at Doncaster catches the eye from last season where he was only beaten a length, given that performance and the nature of this track and trip that mile performance suggest that the drop back in trip is a positive and the fact that the blinkers are on is something to note and if it wasn't for the fact he wont get a easy time on the front end he could well be a decent bet in this race.

Verdict  A decent enough handicap, but by class 2 standard the form of most of the runners coming into this race could be a shade below class 2 standards and I wouldn't start thinking about to many of these landing future heritage handicaps this season. Re Barolo, with improvement, could make up to a fair handicapper at this level and the dark horse from Sir Michael Stoute is another that may have me eating my words in time, but he needs to rapidly improve on the maiden runs. Zero Tolerance is one to note on ground with cut, and he should run another decent race today. With rain not arriving in time, he is opposed here today. FREE OFFER looks certain to have everything in place for a big run today and she should go very close in this handicap, with everything in her favour. She can improve on her form and Mesbaah is watched with the blinkers back on today and should be noted where there any rapid market support for the horse.

Selection  4 pts win FREE OFFER @ 7-1 (BF 7.8)

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