Hislop's handicappers: Ultimate Warrior
Racing UK presenter Lydia Hislop picks out three handicappers to follow at Doncaster this week.
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Shortly after escaping the more damaging penalties available to the British Horseracing Authority for producing forged telephone records and attempting to mislead its security investigators, trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam has a chance to craft some more welcome headlines with King's Warrior. First, a proviso: forget this bet if the ground ends up fast. On good or - even better - with some cut in the ground, he can deliver on the promise he showed on two of his three runs this season, at Epsom and York. He's now on a mark 7lb higher than that from which he won the John Smith's Cup last season and is fully capable of winning.
I like the Mallard handicap but, as the logical stage on which horses that ran in the Ebor and the Melrose at York should clash, it could be so much more than it is. Admittedly, that would need a large cash injection - a big ask in the current climate - but at the moment it seems like a wasted opportunity to turn an optional stop-off into a destination race.
"He had looked a little kinky in his previous races, if you'll excuse the expression, but a return to turf and step up to the trip he required seems to have ironed that out."
James Fanshawe: Trainer of Shwaiman
Anyway, I digress. I like Shwaiman here. He's been raised 12lbs by the handicapper for a procession he led home by six lengths over the same course and distance that he faces on Friday. That was the minimum his connections might have expected and leaves him still on a competitive mark. He had looked a little kinky in his previous races, if you'll excuse the expression, but a return to turf and step up to the trip he required seems to have ironed that out. He's a young and progressive stayer.
Unbeaten in three starts this year, Plutocracy proved still to be on the upgrade when winning a decent race at Salisbury last time out. He was then returning from a short break following a minor setback, but readily dispensed with two recent rivals in Lady Pimpernel and Duke Of Perth. An 8lb rise won't stop him being more than competitive against his elders here. The galloping track should suit well. One caveat: if there were to be lots of rain, Spirit Of The Law should not be underestimated.