Northern trainers to star at Wolverhampton
Anita Chambers previews today's meetings and expects some of the North's leading trainers to enjoy success at Wolverhampton.
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CURRAGH: 1.45 Kingdom, 2.15 Muntasaf, 2.45 Fast On, 3.15 Light Particle, 3.45 Stones Peak, 4.15 Gun Shoot, 4.45 Hisaabaat.
HUNTINGDON: 2.20 Madamlily, 2.50 Tregaro, 3.20 Weekend Millionair, 3.50 Tour D'Argent, 4.20 Well Mett, 4.50 Tick Tocker.
LEICESTER: 2.10 HIGH OCTANE (NAP), 2.40 Barista, 3.10 Hillstar, 3.40 Gifted Girl, 4.10 Bernisdale, 4.40 Mallory Heights, 5.10 Exning Halt, 5.40 Noble Jack.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.20 Lady Layla, 5.50 Fayr Fall, 6.20 Al Manaal, 6.50 Sunny Side Up, 7.20 Judd Street, 7.50 Lord Franklin, 8.20 Pass Muster, 8.50 Symphony Star.
DOUBLE: High Octane and Gifted Girl.
High Octane is a fascinating contender at Leicester as he makes the trip from Ireland for the Wymeswold Conditions Stakes.
John Murphy sends the Motivator colt on the lengthy journey from his County Cork base as he is evidently keen to see where his charge ranks in the juvenile division.
Murphy has always had a high opinion of High Octane and that faith was justified when he made an impressive winning bow at Gowran last month.
Lining up on soft, High Octane was backed down from 33-1 to 10-1 and made short work of what was probably only an average field.
Moving smoothly to the front, his inexperience showed at the head of affairs and it is to his credit that he knuckled down and got the job done.
Clearly an animal of potential, High Octane could book his place in the Racing Post Trophy with victory here in what is a trappy heat with three unbeaten colts.
Gifted Girl was an eyecatching runner at Ascot earlier in the month and merits an interest in the Wreake Fillies' Conditions Stakes.
Winner of one of her three juvenile starts, she was good enough to claim fourth in Listed company on her final outing of last year.
Paul Cole's charge had no chance of winning of her first outing of 2012 against a 20lb better rival at Kempton in May, going down by just over three lengths.
Given the winner that day was subsequent Coronation Stakes scorer Fallen For You, Gifted Girl looked a filly to go to war with but unfortunately suffered an injury that kept her off the track until just a couple of weeks ago.
Her sixth at Ascot was very promising, though, as she was evidently in need of the run and this looks an excellent opportunity to get back on the winning trail.
Exning Halt has hit the bar on his last two runs but his day can come in the first division of the Stewards Handicap.
The James Fanshawe-trained gelding has been unlucky enough to run into two well-handicapped rivals lately but has hardly been disgraced in defeat.
His consistency has cost him, with a rating now sitting at 95, but he should enjoy the testing ground.
Fatima's Gift is the choice in Newcastle's British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes after making a useful debut at Newmarket last month.
Veteran Judd Street can defy his advancing years in division two of the 32Red Casino Handicap at Wolverhampton after appearing to have regained some sparkle with a decent fourth last time.
Tour D'Argent is worth supporting as he tries fences for the first time in the SWI Ltd Electrical Contractors Beginners' Chase at Huntingdon.