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SHAMSON CAN SCORE BEFORE END OF ALL-WEATHER SEASON
(Chelmsford City, 27 February)
Stuart Williams has enjoyed a very productive winter on the all-weather scene but he has struggled to coax a victory out of sprinter Shamshon.
The seven-year-old hit the crossbar in the 5f handicap, failing narrowly to peg back odds-on favourite Captain Lars.
There is still time for Shamshon to post that elusive seasonal success before the better horses come out of hibernation.
(Wolverhampton, 28 February)
A dual winner last summer over five furlongs, Rose Berry was nailed close home by Upavon in this 6f handicap.
Chris Dwyer’s filly, having her second run back following an 88-day absence, has little in hand of the assessor but deserves reward for her consistency.
DARK SIDE DREAM
(Chelmsford City, 3 March)
Another sprinter from the Chris Dwyer stable and the gelding just missed out on making a winning return from his 130-day break when failing by a short head to catch Excellent George.
The six-year-old was racing off only a 3lb higher perch for his Kempton success in October and remains competitive at this Class 5 level.
(Lingfield, 3 March)
Almost made it four wins since early December, all over a mile, but found strong-travelling Constantino just too powerful in the final 100 yards.
Humbert remains lightly raced and Hugo Palmer’s four-year-old doesn’t appear in the grip of the handicapper just yet.
RAINY DAY DYLAN
(Southwell, 5 March)
Neil Mulholland’s gelding has been running pretty consistently of late, scoring at Wincanton in early January, and this was another decent effort.
Rainy Day Dylan raced keenly out in front but had nothing left to give when joined two out, eventually finishing runner-up in this 2m 4f novices’ handicap hurdle.
(Wolverhampton, 5 March)
Turned out nine days after mopping up a course and distance seller, Trotter did well to edge across from his widest draw to track the leader in this modest 6f contest.
Stuart Kittow’s gelding, very easy to back on the exchanges, held every chance through the final furlong before finishing fourth to well-backed favourite Bernie’s Boy.
Trotter was beaten just over a length and should continue to acquit himself well.