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LUDLOW RUNNER-UP BALTIC STORM TO MAKE WAVES OVER THE JUMPS THIS SUMMER
Up 9lb for his easy Fakenham success the previous month, Baltic Storm ran right up to the mark in chasing home impressive Red Tornado.
The third and fourth horses home, Beallandendall and hot favourite Imperial Presence, came into the race in good form and Charlie Mann is likely to keep this good-ground sort active over the summer.
Another to enjoy the better ground and Unbuckled looks one to watch out for in handicaps on summer jumping ground.
Neil King’s mare, a previous winner of an all-weather Lingfield bumper and a Doncaster maiden hurdle, led two out before powering clear.
Unbuckled seems to be improving with her racing and this was more valuable experience.
Micky Hammond has an interesting Exceed And Excel gelding on his hands.
A winner on good ground in France last August, Invictus was having his first run on the Flat for the yard and ran a cracker in chasing home Master Of Finance (winning this 1m 2f handicap for the second year running).
Having passed a morning inspection the track was riding very deep, which surely wouldn’t have been ideal given Invictus’s pedigree, and the unexposed four-year-old should be noted back on a sounder surface.
David Menuisier has hit the ground running but Speculator was one of his rare reverses last week, managing only third in this modest 10-furlong handicap.
There were a few mitigating circumstances, however, as Speculator was inconvenienced by the modest pace, pulling for his head through the early exchanges.
Furthermore, it didn’t help bring caught wide from a poor draw and the four-year-old colt failed to find a change of gear when asked to mount his challenge.
There’s good reason to believe he will step up on this introductory effort, possibly back at Lingfield where he recorded back-to-back victories last season.
Keith Dalgleish has the happy knack of sweetening up horses and Fast Pick was another example of the young trainer’s talents as the four-year-old hosed up.
Having her first run for the Scottish yard since leaving Charlie Hills, Fast Pick sauntered into the lead two out and was eased down throughout the last 100 yards.
She will take some beating if fulfilling a Wolverhampton engagement under a penalty on Saturday.
Well found in the market, Rideonastar was a bit unfortunate to run smack into another ‘live’ one in Slunovrat, the pair pulling 10 lengths clear of the floundering pack.
Rideonastar scored over course and distance on deep ground for Ralph Beckett 18 months ago, so conditions were ideal for the five-year-old gelding, now in the care of Brendan Powell.
Rideonastar was having his first run since July and will be of interest when re-appearing on an easy surface.
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