March wind to blow at Pontefract
Anita Chambers expects March to reward Marco Botti's patient approach at Pontefract on Sunday - she has a tip for every race.
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DUNDALK: 2.10 Toccata Blue, 2.40 Pleasant Bay, 3.10 Rummaging, 3.40 Flying Jib, 4.15 Orator, 4.45 Doc Holliday, 5.15 Zelie Martin, 5.45 Majenta.
PONTEFRACT: 2.15 Rostrum Farewell, 2.45 Braveheart Move, 3.15 Petella, 3.45 MARCH (NAP), 4.20 Magistral, 4.50 Gaspard, 5.20 Diamond Blue.
SOUTHWELL: 2.00 Robobar, 2.30 Engai, 3.00 Dark Energy, 3.30 According To Trev, 4.05 American Legend, 4.35 Duchess Theatre, 5.05 Harangue.
TRAMORE: 2.20 Wilde Sapphire, 2.50 Bunty Lawless, 3.20 Money Spider, 3.50 Carro Lad, 4.25 Jack The Hat, 4.55 Like The Da, 5.25 Naughty Molly.
DOUBLE: March and Magistral.
March has made steady progress through the ranks and can finally come of age with Listed success in the EBF Highfield Farm Flying Fillies' Stakes at Pontefract.
Marco Botti has taken a patient approach with the daughter of Dutch Art, giving her three runs to break her maiden as a juvenile before rounding off her 2012 campaign with a nursery win.
He then gave her a nice return in a Windsor handicap on her three-year-old bow and it proved a good decision as March ran out a cosy winner, prompting her sights to be raised to Listed level.
That run at Sandown did not quite pan out as she was vastly disadvantaged at the weights when going down by just a neck to Morawij, with that one having an 11lb pull on the ratings.
She only just failed to swoop in the shadow of the post and that effort gave Botti the confidence to switch up again for a Group Three at York, but March did not really enjoy the rub of the green on the Knavesmire, finishing a length-and-three-quarter third.
March deserves plenty of credit for that run, though, as winner Ladies Are Forever is smart on her day and she did not do herself any favours by starting slowly before having to race on the unfavoured side.
Although having a bit to find with the likes of Nargys in this six-furlong event, she is firmly on an upward curve and appeals as a slightly unexposed contender.
Magistral was a bit disappointing at Newmarket last time but is worth another try in the CGC Events For Conference & Banqueting Handicap.
Trying handicap company after shedding his maiden tag at the second time of asking, Magistral was not beaten too far behind Clayton in sixth but nevertheless, a slightly better effort was expected.
That said, he may not have excelled on the quick ground that day and recent showers may well make the ground a little more to his liking.
Also in his favour is the drop in distance back to a mile, as the suspicion is that he did not really see out the mile and a quarter at Headquarters.
American Legend is the choice in the Advertiser Newspapers Handicap Hurdle at Southwell.
The five-year-old responded well to a visor at Newton Abbot last month when returning after a bit of a break and is one to follow now he has a confidence-boosting win under his belt.
Tony McCoy is an eyecatching booking by Jim Best for Robobar in the Flying Hire Handicap Chase, and has also been snapped up by Paul Gilligan for his Irish raider Harangue in the Coopers Marquees Handicap Hurdle.