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KIM BAILEY'S SILVER KAYF MAY HAVE SLIPPED UNDER THE RADAR IN NEWBURY BUMPER
Mark Johnston will be marshalling his three-year-old battalions at Middleham in preparation for the upcoming turf campaign but Abareeq popped his head over the Polytrack parapet to make an encouraging debut.
Although quite comfortably outpointed by warm favourite Easter Mate, Hamdan Al Maktoum’s colt wasn’t disgraced behind the 80-rated winner and will have learned from the experience.
Off the track since early June, Beautiful Stranger looked fit enough to do himself justice in this extended mile handicap won by Jack Of Diamonds.
Tucked in from the break, Beautiful Stranger made a menacing move around the top bend and stayed on into third, beaten under a length.
Hopefully, Keith Dalgleish will be able to make up for lost time with his consistent five-year-old and this comeback effort offered plenty of encouragement.
Finished 10th of the 11 runners in a messy Listed contest and this was a painful experience for his many backers.
Abe Lincoln, the 11-4 favourite, travelled comfortably on the heels of the leaders but Jim Crowley made the fateful decision to switch inside off the home bend, immediately running up a cul-de-sac.
Heavily eased, Abe Lincoln finished behind a wall of horses and looks well up to defying his 95 handicap rating.
Having his first start for Gary Moore after two tame efforts in Dubai in January, Unforgiving Minute served notice that he’ll be winning again soon on the domestic all-weather scene by chasing home Mister Universe.
The winner took full advantage of being handed a pretty soft lead, with Unforgiving Minute also aided by racing handily.
Unforgiving Minute won four times at Kempton for Clive Cox, his best victory racing off a 94 rating, so his mark of 90 here gives Moore a little bit of elbow room.
All eyes were drawn to a marvellous ding-dong battle throughout the final furlong between Sam’s Adventure and the penalised Bags Groove, so Kim Bailey’s newcomer Silver Kayf might have slipped under the radar back in fifth.
This was a hot bumper, with third horse Sir Antony Browne having shown a smart turn of foot to win on his debut at Kempton. Silver Kayf, a four-year-old gelding, wasn’t given a hard time by Tom Scudamore and made steady headway behind the principals, beaten only eight lengths.
Only sixth behind winning newcomer Pivotal Flame in this extended nine-furlong maiden and is still learning his trade.
Chookie Valentine made no show in a Redcar maiden in late October but the three-year-old will be worth a look when sent handicapping up north from a modest mark later in the season.
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