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HIGH HOPES CAN CLIMB THE HANDICAP FOR SIMCOCK
Made a promising reappearance over 10 furlongs at Goodwood 13 days earlier and attracted support in the market for this 7f maiden.
Shane Kelly will be cursing his luck as he twice had to switch Angel’s Quest in the straight before running on well into third, leaving the impression she would have gone close with a smoother passage.
Richard Hughes has his string in good order and the filly can add to his tally before too long.
Having his third run for Richard Hannon in this 6f novice stakes and deserved better than this fourth place.
Pat Dobbs found the gaps closing on Tangled as he attempted to throw down a challenge and the colt should have finished closer to Godolphin’s winning favourite Folk Tale.
The form of Tangled’s previous second at Chelmsford City was given a boost five minutes later when fourth home Armum scored at Chester.
David Simcock has a progressive four-year-old filly on his hands with High Hopes.
Well-supported in the ring, High Hopes blew the start but soon settled well in rear before asserting readily in the straight.
The merit of this victory over Prying Pandora isn’t anything to shout about but High Hopes, an easy winner on soft at Ffos Las in September, is ready for an elevation in grade.
No match for clear-cut winner Mjjack, but finished clear of the rest on the prevailing deep ground.
Sir Reginald Brown wasn’t punished when his chance had gone and Richard Fahey’s Redcar debut scorer (good to firm) is the type to improve with experience.
Having his second start in four days, Snap Shots went down with all guns blazing in the Betway Dash, just failing to contain Handsome Dude and Major Pusey.
Tony Coyle’s gelding arrived here on the back of a fine effort in defeat at Ripon, losing out in a photo finish to Piper’s Note, and his turn is at hand.
Red-hot Michael Dods is a rare visitor to this track and many punters took the hint, latching on to an improving three-year-old filly.
Mabs Cross made short work of the opposition, despite being crowded two out.
She still looks ahead of the assessor and deserves a crack at a bigger pot this summer.