Sharareh set for Kempton success
Ashley Iveson provides a selection for every race on Monday and fancies Sharareh to win at Kempton.
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CARLISLE: 12.45 Etxalar, 1.15 Top Billing, 1.50 Little Glenshee, 2.25 Cappa Bleu, 3.00 Greensalt, 3.30 Whats Up Woody, 4.00 Stonebrook.
KEMPTON: 2.15 Canova, 2.50 Elite Army, 3.20 Abigails Angel, 3.50 Gower Princess, 4.20 SHARAREH (NAP), 4.50 Captain Caroline, 5.20 Certavi, 5.50 New Rich.
SOUTHWELL: 12.30 Cloudy Dawn, 1.00 Fair Bramble, 1.35 Inandover, 2.05 Ballyhooley Boy, 2.40 Motou, 3.10 Hunting Tower, 3.40 Speckled Door.
DOUBLE: Sharareh and Captain Caroline.
Luca Cumani appears to have found Sharareh a gilt-edged opportunity to open her account in the Book Christmas Festival Tickets Now Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Kempton.
The daughter of Sir Percy was noted making late gains on her Newmarket introduction when finishing eighth and then encountered a far more demanding surface at Windsor.
She again performed admirably, filling the runner-up spot behind Zipp, a filly who is now rated in excess of 80 following a recent near-miss at Doncaster.
Sharareh blotted her copybook for the first time when running no sort of race at Chester at the end of August, but that is easily excused as she returned lame and she bounced back when upped in trip on her all-weather debut at this circuit, again finishing second.
A handicap mark of 75 is surely exploitable, but it is no surprise Cumani is giving his filly one more chance in a maiden given there is little strength in depth in this particular contest.
Captain Caroline has improved massively since being tested over longer distances and is the clear choice in the £175 Cash Bonus At Victor's Live Casino Handicap.
Mike Murphy's three-year-old offered little promise in three maiden starts over distances between seven and nine furlongs and was a 50-1 shot for her handicap debut here at Kempton in mid-September.
She outran those odds with a smashing effort to finish a close third and showed that was no flash in the pan by making virtually every yard of the running at Wolverhampton last time.
A 5lb rise in the weights is unlikely to stop her going in again in what is a moderate heat.
Lucinda Russell has her string in excellent form at present, making Etxalar an interesting proposition in the Watch Racing UK On Sky432 Handicap Chase at Carlisle.
The Kinross handler has been banging in the winners with regularity since the start of the month and enjoyed a fabulous five-timer on Friday.
From six Carlisle starts, Etxalar has won twice and also filled the runner-up spot twice, evidence the demanding nature of the Cumbrian circuit holds no fears for him.
His powers may have lessened a touch since his victory over this course and distance off a mark of 121 just over three years ago, but he performed creditably when third at Hexham last time and it will be disappointing if he is unable to make his presence felt off a rating of just 105.
Cappa Bleu kicks off his season in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Graduation Chase and should have every chance of improving on last year's second place in this event.
The 11-year-old has only been lightly campaigned in recent seasons with the Grand National proving to be his major objective, finishing fourth in 2012 and a creditable second in 2013.
Evan Williams will surely take a similarly long-term view again this term with Aintree next spring the focus of his season, but this could provide a nice opportunity for a first win since November 2011.
Ballyhooley Boy looked a promising individual when winning a bumper last term and can make a winning start over obstacles in the 32Red.com "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle at Southwell.
He found Pure Science far too good when well beaten on his racecourse bow back in January but made great strides to win at this Nottinghamshire venue in March.
The six-year-old probably did not beat too much that day but he could do little more than demonstrate a nice turn of foot in winning by three lengths.
Ballyhooley Boy is from the family of Young Hustler and looks a certain improver once tackling obstacles.