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KEEP THE FAITH WITH HAALICK AFTER NIGHTMARE TRIP IN 3YO MILE FINAL
Dwarfed his rivals in the paddock and Jamie Osborne should have some fun with this fella when he fills his frame.
American-bred Melendez certainly appeared to enjoy the deeper Fibresand surface and threw down a challenge to winner Dubai In Bloom which eventually ran out of impetus inside the final furlong.
This was Melendez’s third run in four weeks and connections seem keen to get a handicap mark.
Proved different gravy to his rivals with a slick round of jumping and was never out of his comfort zone.
Henryville clearly appreciated the drying ground, which he has scored on in the past, and Harry Fry must be tempted to step him up in class at somewhere like Aintree or Ayr in the coming weeks under suitable conditions.
This was Henryville’s first appearance since running Irish Cavalier close at Newton Abbot 165 days ago, so he is fresh enough for a spring campaign.
Only fifth behind Presumido in the seven-furlong Class 4 handicap, but Paul Cole’s gelding did well to get so close from a bad draw (stall 12).
Martin Lane switched his mount inside from the gate before launching his challenge fairly wide in the straight.
Off for 81 days, Dutch Art Dealer’s career could be back on track after he was derailed by earlier training complications which kept him sidelined for more than a year.
Roger Varian’s three-year-old was backed off the boards to land the 32Red All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes but his backers were left cursing a troubled passage throughout.
Stall one can be a poisoned chalice if you miss the kick around here and so it proved, as Haalick was shuffled back to last, cramped for room, and switched for a run when the race was effectively all over.
This was only the colt’s fifth career start and playing the loyalty card should reap reward.
Belied his derisory 25-1 odds by almost lifting this tasty five-furlong prize, striking the front inside the final furlong until worn down by Wolowitz.
James Given’s three-year-old thrives on artificial surfaces and Sign Of The Kodiac recorded form figures of 2212 in four previous starts on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton before a welcome 111-day holiday.
He also took a scalp at Chelmsford last August so there are plenty of options looming.
This Challenger Series proved a big success for owners, if not necessarily for punters, and Thunder Sheik fairly bolted up in the Two-Mile Hurdle Series Final under the impressive Ryan Hatch.
The gods were clearly smiling on Nigel Twiston-Davies’s gelding as the forecast rain failed to materialise and he took full advantage of the good ground.
Thunder Sheik bounded clear from the last flight and his trainer will surely keep him active in the coming weeks, underfoot conditions permitting.
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