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SKELTON'S HURDLER DEBDEBDEB COULD EXPLOIT HER FLAT HANDICAP MARK AT ROYAL ASCOT
Produced a solid effort on his seasonal bow, running third to market rivals Castle Harbour and Fawaareq (trio pulled clear) in this seven-furlong maiden.
Always prominent, Archimento just lacked that decisive change of pace and is crying out for a step up in trip.
Ed Dunlop gave his gelding a gentle introduction in a backend Leicester maiden last October (third) and Archimento should develop into a decent handicapper in due course.
Keeps knocking at the door, especially at Kempton where his last five runs have produced form figures of 2-4-2-2-2 and he found one too good yet again in Jodies Jem.
George Baker's four-year-old did very well from a poor post-position in stall 12 in this London Mile Series Qualifier, working his way into contention from the rear but flattening out in the final 100 yards.
This was Commodore's first run since October and the four-year-old is worth persevering with on this evidence.
On form it was hard to put a handle on the merit of his debut success at Kempton in early December, but connections clearly knew they had something a bit out of the ordinary on their hands in Aclaim.
With Ryan Moore booked, Martyn Meade's three-year-old colt was hammered in to 2-1 favourite from overnight odds of 5-1 in places.
He duly collected, finishing well on top despite coming from what appeared an unpromising position at halfway.
This opening mark of 86 was clearly well within his compass and more success is imminent, even when inevitably upped in grade.
This Listed mares' handicap hurdle looked quite a hot event on paper and it didn't disappoint.
Briery Belle showed a smart change of gear to win quite comfortably but runner-up Debdebdeb showed no ill effects from her crashing fall at Ascot on deep ground in February.
Hats off to her ton-up trainer Dan Skelton and given Debdebdeb's handicap mark of 90 when last seen on the Flat, the 2m 4f Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot might be worth considering (Clondaw Warrior won it off 89 last year).
John Gosden has made a customary fast start and his Hamdan Al Maktoum colt Taqdeer could make up into a smart three-year-old this season.
He looked pretty raw on his seven-furlong Wolverhampton debut in December, eventually getting the hang of things and closing to within a half-length of winner Take The Helm.
The home straight at Chelmsford is as wide and exposed as a Heathrow runway, which can be quite a daunting experience for raw youngsters, but Taqdeer knew a lot more about the game here, breaking smartly and making all to win with plenty in hand. This mile trip was clearly to his liking.
Has shown a penchant for easy ground, so conditions were ideal for Tim Walford.
Unfortunately, the five-year-old was berthed very wide in stall 16 in this 1m 4f handicap which made life tough.
Craggaknock saw plenty of daylight but still managed fourth spot behind well-backed Cymro and this son of Authorized can be placed to advantage by Tim Walford.
Craggaknock was a dual winner last May, at Haydock and Thirsk, off a slightly lower rating, and ran with credit over longer trips at York, Haydock and Doncaster later in the season.
The five-year-old does appear to enjoy some cut underfoot and connections may have something in mind while this unsettled weather prevails.
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