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Preview 15 June 2008

3:25 Doncaster BRIAN GAYNOR MEMORIAL HANDICAP (CLASS 3) (3yo+,0-95) Winner 6,799.80

Horses to consider

Orpenindeed - One of the least exposed handicappers in this race today and one that has already proven his liking for quick ground underfoot on a reasonably quick six furlong test and with Marcus Botti becoming a name to follow on the flat his unexposed son of Orpen is one that catches the eye in this handicap. Fitted with the Tongue Strap he has shown plenty of dash and a liking for a big field such as this. Ted Durcan is a eye catching booking for the horse and with a more wise head doing the steering this time he could go on to be tried in class 2 handicaps which he has already shown to be capable of in with a good second at Yarmouth behind the useful Royal Rocks. Likely to show plenty of dash from the high side of the draw and could make his best of his way home against the stand side rail with high numbers the place to be drawn in this handicap.

Wyatt Earp - Should never be discounted in these types of handicaps as he has recorded efforts in the last 12 months that would have him easily winning this type of race and its only a matter of time before he strikes for handicap master Richard Fahey and with the yard having three runners in this handicap there is a good chance that this horse comes out on top with the added 3lbs being taken off by his pilot today. Its interesting that Paul Hanagan has decided to desert this horse in favour of Valley of the Moon who won two runs back and it could well turn out the claimer has been put on this horse just to enhance his chances at the weights. Set to carry 9 stone when the top weight is a stone more in a class 3 handicap this horse is well in at the weights today and given the way he stayed on without a clear run at Lingfield where he found the surface taking him of his feet early on suggested to me that the horse still has the heart for racing and should go close at a price in today's handicap providing the jockey can overcome draw 1 away from the pace.

Musaalem - Interesting to see this unbeaten 4yo taking a drop back in trip after landing back to back 7 furlong races and with Richard Hills not here today it may be best to catch him next time out when upped back in trip. Martin Dwyer who is number 2 jockey for the owner is here today to take the ride on a horse he steered to victory on debut and this gelded son of Aljabr is likely to be kept to races as this as he has no future at Stud and the horseman Hills is most probably kept for the more money enhancing horses that need to be looked after for the powerful owners breeding purposes. The drop back shouldn't be a problem for this horse who has shown plenty of pace in his races and is likely to help to make the pace in this handicap today, if settling well enough he could potential be better then these with plenty improvement likely to come from the horse and with a action that has shown up well on the ground in the past he should improve again and despite the negative drop could run a big race in a race that looks well within his compass.

Obe Brave - Another runner for Richard Fahey and this horse loves rattling fast ground and is always at his best when caught fresh. Now with the Yorkshire based trainer he should have a handicap sprint in him this season and with the inclusion of the 7lbs claimer from the top of the weights it wont be long before he is back racing of a lower weight against rivals that are rated with in his league. Yet to fail to make the frame at this level on the few starts he has had he is burdened with top weight and the jockey isn't one that has caught my imagination as being worth the claim yet and he makes the shortlist just based on his class and the trainer who is strong form having a strong hand in this race.

Verdict  Richard Fahey has three runners in this handicap and they are all at a big price, the one horse that has surprised me at being a big price is fast ground lover WYATT EARP who is very much overpriced at 20-1 for this handicap today, the horse has a tricky draw to overcome with being drawn wide of the pace but Jamie Moriety has impressed many with his tactical head and could well come across early to track the strong pace before unleashing a turn of foot to put this to bed and is superb value in this race. Orpindeed is one at a shorter price to take a chance on as he look to be tailor made for class 2 to 3 handicaps and with the ground ideal has to be very much in the mixing pot here. Musaalem and Obe Brave are the most interesting of the rest.

Selection  2 pts win WYATT EARP @ 20-1 (BF22's)

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