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Ian Ogg expects Richards Hannon and Hughes to enjoy another profitable afternoon at Bath.
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Oscar Magic makes his seasonal reappearance at Newton Abbot in a race which connections took last year with the top class The New One and Nigel Twiston-Davies will doubtless be expecting the six year old to belatedly deliver on his early promise.
It will be interesting to see how far a horse who used to work with Imperial Commander can go but he's not a betting proposition at long odds-on this afternoon.
Instead, we'll head to Bath where Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes have a typically strong hand.
Hughes put up Rising Dawn in his newspaper column on Saturday and it's easy to see why the Chepstow winner is favourite for the Seddon Nursery at 1500 but it's the claims of their runner half an hour later that appeal more.
I can't remember seeing too many other Hannon-trained four year olds with just two runs to their name which makes Appease interesting enough.
Appease shaped well in a Wolverhampton maiden on debut in November 2012 for Dean Ivory, finishing second to Buckland who currently has a rating in the 90s, and his victory at Kempton earlier this month offers promise that he will finish rated closer to that runner than the 11 race maiden Foot Tapper who finished two lengths adrift in third at Dunstall Park.
It's early days for the form of the Kempton maiden (only the 10th has run since) but Hughes commented post-race that "we like him. He travelled liked the winner the whole way." Those comments offer encouragement that he can prove better than his initial rating of 74.
His ability to act on grass has to be taken on trust as does his stamina for the longer trip of the a.david.co.uk Food With Service 'Be Hopeful' Handicap but a full brother has won over 15 furlongs suggesting that the latter shouldn't prove a problem.
This is a relatively quick return for a horse that has stood so little racing while a lack of experience against seasoned handicappers must also be acknowledged but I feel that his current odds of 9/2 are worth taking about a runner with such obvious potential in a field of exposed performers.
Hannon won a division of this handicap last year and can boast a strike rate in excess of 20% at Bath (over the last five years) which includes three winners from just nine runners aged four or older.