Catching Pigeons: Willing to win?

  • Last Updated: April 19 2014, 17:09 BST

On a curious Saturday's action when a number of the biggest names seem to be focussing upon the evening card at Nottingham, Ed Dunlop should enjoy a good afternoon's work at Kempton.

Ed Dunlop: The man to follow at Kempton?
Ed Dunlop: The man to follow at Kempton?

Dunlop's team look well in their work but it's over a week since the trainer's last winner and some of his horses have been needing their first runs since the break.

God Willing, on the other hand, appeared sharper than most when having a recent spin under today's jockey Jamie Spencer and he is fancied to take the Betfred Conditions Stakes.

He was far from disgraced in a couple of Group Threes at the back-end of last season and is thought to have improved over the winter.

Stablemate White Nile can round off what could be a good afternoon for Ryan Moore in the Betfred Queen's Prize.

Dunlop's charge looks a progressive five year old and connections are more than hopeful he can make light of a 7lb hike in his rating after his successful return in what looked a good handicap this track. He can progress further and his subsequent work has been good.

Zurigha can follow up her course and distance win at this corresponding meeting 12 months ago in the Listed Betfred Lotto Snowdrop Stakes.

Richard Hannon senior successfully targeted the three year old conditions stakes with Zurigha on her comeback last season, and junior is looking for the follow up bid after some very good preliminary homework.

The daughter of Cape Cross has done well for her winter break and her previous experience on this course can't do any harm.

Zibelina is now a non-runner in this event, but her trainer Charlie Appleby ruffled one or two feathers when boxing some of his team to the Peat Moss Gallop on Racecourse Side earlier this week, interrupting the routines of other yards who like to use the same strip, but it was interesting to see him breaking free of the Godolphin compound in order to give his horses some variety in their exercise.

His delightfully-bred Moontime, who does not have a Investec Derby entry, could just get into the race through the backstairs route in the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom later this week.

Back to Kempton and King Crimson can reverse last week's running with the Hannon-trained Be Bold in the opening juvenile maiden.

There was a quiet whisper for Mick Channon's juvenile what looked a very good early season maiden at Newbury last weekend and he did show ability before weakening in the closing stages. He will be sharper this time around.

Clive Cox's team are slowly moving up to speed and Raise Your Gaze should go well in the IJF 50th Anniversary Handicap at Nottingham.

His light juvenile campaign as a juvenile included a good second in a decent maiden at Newbury and he should take a step forward this term after a winter gelding operation. He looks nicely weighted.

Barry Hills is still overseeing a useful team of Hamdan Al Maktoum horse at Kingwood Stables with the help of son John and they are hoping for a big run from Muzarkash in the IJF Anniversary Maiden Stakes.

The son of Kyllachy has been showing up very well in his gallops on the Farncombe work grounds and a big run is anticipated in a race which has cut up from the five-day entry, even if favourite Burtonwood's experience could just give him the edge.

Charlie Hills' two year olds have just been needing the run, but have shown enough to suggest the first winner may not be too far away.

Stinky Socks must have one of the worst names for a racehorse ever, especially in view of the fact that she is a filly, but the daughter of Footstepsinthesand goes well at home and has a little bit more than a sniff of a chance in the 32Red Tomb Raider Slot EBF Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Bath.

There's a decent word for Peter Chapple-Hyam's Ahlan Emarati in the same race too, although it won't be easy to travel an unraced horse all the way from Newmarket to Bath for his first start on a busy Bank Holiday Saturday.

We gave Reroute a good mention here last week and Ed Walker's filly is an interesting traveller to Bath for Whitsbury Stud EBF Lansdown Stakes.

There really aren't that many options for a three-year-old filly with her speed and rating, but she is capable of picking up some black type here.

Charlie Longsdon's long-term ambition is to win the big Saturday races on a regular basis and he has a good chance to nab one on an attractive jumps card up at Haydock.

No No Mac is moving steadily up the ratings after two wins in a row, but he still looks nicely weighted for the £3Million totescoop6 Today Handicap Hurdle.

The form of his latest win at Market Rasen was given a boost when the half-length runner-up Kilgefin Star hosed in at Kelso on his latest start.


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