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CATCH IN-FORM GERRY THE GLOVER SOON
John Gosden is the hottest ticket in town but Sacred Act was one that possibly got away in this Class 2 handicap. The six-year-old raced in a small group down the stands' side and he forfeited vital ground when edging towards the posse racing down the middle.
Sacred Act had done a lot of running before hitting the rising ground, consequently fading into third. Sacred Act must be a nightmare to train, coming back from long absences of 204, 348 and 499 days in a frustrating stop-start career. Hopefully, Gosden will get a clear run this season with his useful miler.COUNT MONTECRISTO ATR Tracker
(Ripon, 20 April)
Freshened up after a successful winter spell on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton, Count Montecristo produced an excellent effort in the Silver Bowl, doing all the donkey work before hot favourite Uae Prince swept past inside the final furlong. Kevin Ryan seems to have a steadily improving five-year-old on his hands.
Attempted to make all in this novices' hurdle but after a sustained duel Dinsdale capitulated to Viserion and Blue Hussar on the run-in. They pulled well clear of the rest and Michael Scudamore's four-year-old, a winner at Newbury in March, has a willing attitude which will stand him in good stead as his handicap career unfolds.
Did very well to overcome trouble in running to cut down G K Chesterton at Nottingham, but this time the breaks didn't come in the Newbury Spring Mile. Settled in rear after taking a bump exiting the stalls, George William had to weave his way through before finding sufficient racing room to deliver a power-packed finish in fourth. Richard Hannon's gelding also came to hand early last season and relishes the prevailing quick ground.
Probably progressed from his Redcar debut fourth 12 days earlier, chasing home hotpot Keyser Soze in this seven-furlong maiden. Komodo possesses the physique to improve with age and Jedd O'Keefe's three-year-old can make his mark when sent handicapping over longer trips.
The track was riding very slick which was probably not ideal for Brian Ellison's gelding as Gerry The Glover's victories have come on good and soft ground. He was held up from a bad draw but cut into a huge deficit turning for home to finish strongly into fourth behind handicap snip Red Tea (shaved a few points off the course record). Gerry The Glover won off a 1lb higher mark at Haydock last May, so he looks primed to go close next time.