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STILL LIFE IN THE OLD BOY CHANCERY
Back down to his last winning mark (72 at Ayr last July), Vallarta led the field at a good clip in this six-furlong handicap before being collared in the closing stages. Vallarta was beaten less than a length in finishing third to Treaty Of Rome and Ruth Carr's gelding is especially worth noting at Ayr and Hamilton when the Scottish circuit gets into full swing.
Has shown form on turf but is better known for his consistent efforts on the all-weather. The seven-year-old ran a stormer in this Class 6 mile handicap, swinging very wide into the home straight before battling his way to the front inside the final furlong. Almanack was worn down close home by Foie Gras but he retains the ability to bag a modest handicap.
Dan Skelton's recruit from the Irish pointing field made a highly promising bumper debut, chasing home heavily-supported favourite Urca De Lima. Bridget Andrews found herself a bit tight for room on the home bend and by the time Black Sam Bella moved into overdrive, the winner had poached an insurmountable advantage. The pair pulled clear and the form looks solid.
Aldeburgh, a triple all-weather winner for Nigel Twiston-Davies, also scored on the turf at Nottingham early last May and he is primed to strike again soon on the evidence of this run behind Jacob Cats. Aldeburgh has been sparingly campaigned and remains on a feasible dirt/turf mark.
A modest sprinter on the flat last summer, Silver Streak has undergone a remarkable transformation since sent hurdling. Following wins at Taunton and Musselburgh, Silver Streak's hat-trick bid was thwarted by the sharp elevation in class.
The four-year-old wasn't beaten far in fourth, with winner So Celebre clocking a very fast time. Evan Williams is likely to keep Silver Streak on the go as long as the ground remains decent and his gelding would be of interest if returned to the flat over middle distances.
Chancery has been a grand servant to David O'Meara and his third to Archippos in this extended ten-furlong handicap proved there is plenty of life in the old boy yet. Running for the first time in 168 days and off his lowest rating in four years, Chancery picked off several rivals down the straight and was staying on to good effect close home, as befits a horse with winning form over longer trips.