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DANGEROUSLY WELL-HANDICAPPED KENNY THE CAPTAIN SET TO SCORE
Two miles around here is King Calypso’s gig and up 4lb for scoring over course and distance in May, he ran right up to his best behind hot favourite Clowance One.
Indeed, this performance can be marked up as King Calypso was caught a fair bit out of his ground when the winner kicked clear early in the straight.
Denis Coakley’s six-year-old emerged the clear second best and should remain competitive.
Dwarfed her rivals in the parade ring and proved head and shoulders above the rest in the race itself.
Pat Cosgrave allowed Ed Walker’s three-year-old filly plenty of time to find her long, raking stride and Trilliant fairly powered away from Miss Sheridan when produced a furlong out.
She should develop into a smart handicapper around a mile.
Shuffled back as the field jostled for position before the home bend and consequently found herself with plenty to do.
George Wood took full advantage of a propitious gap over two furlongs out to put James Fanshawe’s grey into the race and despite looking a bit raw under pressure, Lady Begamot soon had the race under control.
This was a fine start to the handicapping career of this likeable three-year-old filly.
Bryan Smart’s sprinter has plenty of consistent efforts against his name since scoring at Ripon last May and this was another honourable defeat.
Straightothepoint showed blistering early speed to lead from a wide draw and did well to hang on to third spot when headed a furlong out by winner Stanghow and Signore Piccolo.
His turn could be at hand.
Already a dual winner over 1m 6f for Mark Johnston, at Nottingham and Sandown, and his stamina kicked in down the Haydock straight.
Niggled along briefly at halfway, Dominating was driven into the lead by Franny Norton shortly after passing the two-furlong pole and the gelding repelled all boarders until Zenon arrived late on the scene under Robert Tart to snatch what looked for most of the race an unlikely victory.
Dominating, like his sire Jukebox Jury, seems best on a sound surface and is maturing into a smart stayer.
Beginning to look dangerously well-handicapped these days and he found only speedy course specialist Dark Defender too good. Kenny The Captain likes a bit of cut underfoot and Tim Easterby’s gelding was third to Naggers at Ayr last October off 84.
He is now down to a mark of 72 and it is surely only a matter of time before he strikes again.