Surfing The Sand

Sprint Final contender Kachy makes his eagerly awaited return in the feature race at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day. Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft considers his prospects and previews the supporting handicap.

  • Monday 24 December
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KACH ME IF YOU CAN! DASCOMBE SPRINT STAR IS BACK IN ACTION

One of the fastest horses to grace last season’s £1 million Finals Day returns to the track at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day.

Tom Dascombe’s KACHY, who won the Listed Cleves Stakes before finishing second in the £150,000 Sprint Final, is the star attraction in the Betway Conditions Stakes (3.55).

The five-year-old side-stepped the Listed Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield last month to run in this festive feature instead and is reported in great shape as he sets out on his path to qualification for Good Friday.

Top rated on an official mark of 110, Kachy steps onto the Wolverhampton Tapeta for the first time and has undergone wind surgery since his last appearance.

He should prove ideally suited by the sharp turns around Wolverhampton and shouldn’t mind the presence of likely pacesetter Danzan, who should help to keep the early fractions honest.

Drawn five of the seven runners, Kachy must also overcome his old adversary Intisaab, who couldn’t quite peg him back in the Cleves in February and was left staring at his hind quarters again on Finals Day.

While Kachy likes to race on the sharp end, David O’Meara’s admirable veteran needs to be produced late off a strong pace as he was when winning this race 12 months ago.

Intisaab looked as good as ever when snatching second in the Golden Rose and is better off at the weights with Kachy for this re-match, but I expect Dascombe’s star to finish off his race strongly enough to confirm his superiority.

Another O’Meara runner Gulliver finished runner-up to Intisaab in last year’s renewal and posted a pleasing debut for the stable in a Kempton handicap last month but suddenly needs to find significant improvement to upstage both his stable companion and his Cleves Stakes victor Kachy.

COURT GOES ON TRIAL FOR EASTER CLASSIC

Champion Trainer John Gosden’s Wissahickon may have emerged as the likely favourite for the East Classic after winning the Listed Quebec Stakes on Saturday, but the master of Clarehaven unleashes another possible contender in the Class 2 Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap (2.50) at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day.

COURT HOUSE - a close second to subsequent Belmont Stakes runner-up Gronkowski over 1m at Kempton in March - heads the handicap off a mark of 105 following a string of solid efforts on synthetics and turf.

Returning from a lengthy break, Nicky Mackay’s mount remains open to considerable progress over this longer trip having bustled up Old Persian over 10f in a Listed race at Newmarket in May.

The son of Dawn Approach must give weight away all-round but faces exposed, though admittedly tough, opposition and can stake his own claim for Good Friday and the big Middle Distance races en route.

The gallant Pactolus - a winner twice since finishing a close fourth in last season’s Classic - may give him the most to fear in receipt of 4lb. Stuart Williams’s seven-year-old brings solid course form to the party, having finished second to Big Country in the valuable Lincoln Trial off his current mark.

He does come back to the track with something to prove, however, after fading quickly and coming home last in the Listed Hyde Stakes at Kempton last month.

Surfing The Sand

Wolverhampton 14:50, 26 December 2018

Wolverhampton 15:55, 26 December 2018

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