Land a Gentle touch
Anita Chambers has a tip for every race today and fancies Gentle Bob to win at Perth.
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CHEPSTOW: 5.25 Be Bold, 5.55 Bold Runner, 6.25 Let Me In, 6.55 Yankee Red, 7.25 Catalinas Diamond, 7.55 Sweet Martoni, 8.25 Noor Al Haya.
NAAS: 5.45 Icy Lady, 6.15 War Envoy, 6.45 Champagne Or Water, 7.15 Dazzling, 7.45 Jocular, 8.15 Mr Bounty, 8.45 Diylawa.
PERTH: 6.05 Big George, 6.35 Morning Time, 7.05 Fearless Tunes, 7.35 Quel Elite, 8.05 Gentle Bob, 8.35 Bayfirth, 9.05 Solway Dandy.
UTTOXETER: 1.55 Cape York, 2.25 Kalucci, 2.55 Gap Of Dunloe, 3.25 Valrene, 4.00 Duneen Point, 4.35 Santo Thomas, 5.10 Oscar Time, 5.40 Minx Of The Lamp.
WORCESTER: 2.05 Falcarragh, 2.35 Katie's Massini, 3.05 Minellaforlunch, 3.35 Magheral Express, 4.10 First Avenue, 4.45 Sequoia Forest, 5.20 Fintan.
YORK: 1.45 Hi There, 2.15 Baccarat, 2.45 SHAMA (NAP), 3.15 Moviesta, 3.50 Comino, 4.25 Mambo Paradise, 5.00 Da Do Run Run.
DOUBLE: Shama and Moviesta.
Shama can follow in the hoofprints of stablemate Snow Sky and establish herself as a Classic contender for Sir Michael Stoute with victory at York on Wednesday.
Snow Sky emerged as a live Epsom candidate when winning the Lingfield Derby Trial last week having gone slightly under the radar in the build up to the race and Shama is a similarly low-key type ahead of the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes. Owned by the Queen, Shama hails from a fine Aga Khan family and made a promising start on the Kempton all-weather at the end of last season, finishing third in a maiden event under a very tender ride.
That proved a valuable learning experience as Shama had a winning return at Lingfield last month, coasting home by four and a half lengths in what was probably only an ordinary maiden event. However, the ease with which she recorded her front-running success was impressive, with the 10-furlong trip providing few problems as she is bred to get every yard of the Oaks distance.
Stoute likes to use this race as a stepping stone for his nicer types, as evidenced many times in the past and by the victory of Liber Nauticus last term, so it will be a surprise if Shama is not in the shake up.
Moviesta emerged as one of the top sprinting talents last term and after a satisfactory warm up at Newmarket, he can strike gold in the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes.
Winner of the King George at Goodwood, he flopped on the Knavesmire when last in the Nunthorpe on what proved to be his final start of the campaign.
He shaped with more promise on his return though, finishing a close-up fifth in the Palace House after suffering a slightly troubled passage and despite the fact Bryan Smart's horses just do not appear to be firing yet.
Smart has saddled only a handful of winners this year and while the stable form is negative, a victory for Moviesta should help the trainer get back on track.
Baccarat has plenty of weight in the Infinity Tyres Stakes but soft ground should be right up his street. He turned in excellent effort to finish second at Ripon on his return and can make his mark in better company later in the year.
Baccarat should be completing a double for trainer Richard Fahey as his Hi There has strong claims in the opening StanJames.com Stakes.
At Chepstow, Let Me In is worth nothing on his return to turf in the 32Red Handicap. He won three of his four starts at the end of last season, with the application of a visor seemingly making all the difference.
Gentle Bob is the choice in the Salutation Hotel Perth Handicap Chase, while Uttoxeter's 32Red On The App Store Handicap Hurdle can go the way of Valrene.
Minellaforlunch gets the nod in the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase at Worcester.
- Posted at 1515 BST on 13/05/2014.
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