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Preview 10 July 2008


7.00 Doncaster Dibco Precision Handicap Class 4 12F Good Good to firm in places

Celtic Change - Has a high weight for what he has achieved so far in his career compared to the rivals in this handicap, however he is progressing the right way and with him being unexposed over tonight's trip he could well improve on his run at York two runs back over 10 furlongs. Looks like he improved for the 10 furlongs and being by Celtic swing these two furlongs could be more then ideal for this horse. The conditions underfoot should be ideal for this horse tonight and under 10 stone he looks to be a solid player in a race that lacks any real classy types. Needs to find improvement to take on better opponents then this and this could be a good stepping stone.

Boz - Has been revelation since turning to Polly track and has progressed up the weights due to that surface, the return to turf last time at this track over the 12 furlongs under similar conditions didn't show him up to be well handicapped on this surface and is another that looks high in the weights for what he has achieved. Not many rivals come into this race in top form and if he could produce his form from the all weather he could be interesting even though his best form has come over 2 furlong further then he runs over tonight. The narrow win over Heathyards pride on the all weather was most probably his best piece of form and while he is more unexposed then that rival, he could well struggle to confirm the form under these terms tonight.

Vicious Warrior - Likes it very soft underfoot on tracks such as this and could well struggle under tonight's conditions which should be plenty fast enough for a horse trying his first attempt over 12 furlongs. Its unknown weather this exposed horse will stay the extra trip as he no doubt talented enough to do himself some justice in this class of race, but given how he performed last time at Carlisle where he had more preferred conditions underfoot it is hard to see him re-finding the winning touch in his career and is looking like a regressive horse and much lies on this easier track and the step up in trip working the oracle.

Heathyards Pride - has been saving his best performances for the all weather of late and comes into this handicap very well weighted with Boz who narrowly scored past him on his best recent run. Looks well handicapped on the return to the turf and with out doubt has the talent to defy his current mark back on turf if not to regressed since the last time on this kind of surface. The performance he put up on the all weather was of genuine class 4 handicapping form and the speed figure from that race suggested it was run at a true gallop. A massive swing in the weights with Boz and more likely to hold his own on this surface then that rival over this shorter trip in which he performs on a variety of tracks.

Clueless - Didn't run to badly last time at Carlisle despite being beaten 7L and it appears the handicapper has given him a chance at the weights now. The race prior to that with some juice in the ground over 10 furlongs here wasn't a particularly eye catching piece of form and it was good to see him improve for the stiffer test of stamina at Carlisle. Today's task over twelve furlongs is what he has been waiting for under his new handler and the ground should be more then ideal underfoot with his best performances coming on ground that is on the quick side of good and should give a much better account then when previously at this track with conditions turning very much in his favour. Well handicapped and could potentially bounce back to form.

Amanda Carter - made all at Haydock recently to win by 7L and was benefited by having a easy time on the front end in a race that was desperately slow for a class 4 handicap and shouldn't be given to much rope this time around against more seasoned campaigners. The handicapper has put her up 6lbs for that win and she has started to look more exposed now in terms of these 12f handicaps. The claimer has made good work of the rides he has been given so far from the Fahey barn. She needs to find more improvement of this weight in this company I feel as it was a poor race she won last time, but she has the same conditions underfoot tonight to do herself some justice.

Sporting Gesture - is very well handicapped on the best of his old form but is in the main a regressive type based on how he has lost his form over the past 2yrs or so. Has gone well at York twice now in a apprentice handicap and prior to that in a low class handicap similar to this over today's trip and should be based on that performance that day in reference to his chances in this race. Hasn't moved much in the weights curiosity of that 2nd at York and even though the change to this track, which highly suits him, he may just find one rival stronger in the finish here today. Should be involved in the finish here today with plenty of his rivals not in the best of form and at the weights should be placed.

The Oil Magnete - Hard to fathom too much for handicap runs he has put up since losing his maiden tag at this track 3 runs back. Takes a massive step up in trip in the hope that he find his feet but since going into handicaps has struggled in 3yo handicaps. Connections will be hoping that the age allowance along with the trip will help him along to pick up races such as this and with a progressive nature to his profile he could well still be handicapped to go very well. The conditions may be a concern with best early form coming with plenty of ease in the ground and the Doncaster maiden win looking quite decent piece of form at this level with the company today.

Advised bet - Sporting Gesture 1 pt @ 10-1 & Heathyards Pride 1 pt @ 7-1

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