Don't desert Mirage

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: November 30 2012, 21:09 GMT

Anita Chambers previews Friday's meetings in the UK and Ireland and is keen on the chances of Grey Mirage.

Marco Botti: Trains Grey Mirage

DONCASTER: 12.20 God's Own, 12.50 Rick, 1.20 Sun Cloud, 1.55 Be Definite, 2.30 Celtic Intrigue, 3.05 Honest John, 3.35 Red Devil Boys.

DUNDALK: 5.45 Dixiedoodledandy, 6.15 Pierre D'Or, 6.45 Daluka, 7.15 Heavy Weight, 7.45 Truly Madly, 8.15 Urban Ball, 8.45 Moo Sahara, 9.15 Trans City


NEWBURY: 12.30 Saphir Du Rheu, 1.00 Brockwell Park, 1.30 Ballywatt, 2.05 Court In Motion, 2.40 Stow, 3.10 Pasco, 3.45 King Spirit.

THURLES: 12.35 Ally Cascade, 1.05 Annie Power, 1.35 Blissful Moment, 2.10 Son Amix, 2.45 Call Rog, 3.20 Littletown Lass, 3.50 Get Back To Me.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 3.55 Con Leche, 4.25 Gift Of Music, 4.55 Doodles, 5.25 Omar Khayyam, 5.55 GREY MIRAGE (NAP), 6.25 Living Leader, 6.55 Fayr Fall, 7.25 Another Citizen.

DOUBLE: Grey Mirage and Court In Motion.

Court In Motion made a pleasing return to action at Wincanton earlier this month and can build on that in the Fuller's London Pride Novices' Chase at Newbury.

The seven-year-old was a high-class hurdler in the 2010-11 season but he missed all of the last campaign before being pitched in over fences on his return at the Somerset venue.

Trainer Emma Lavelle obviously thinks he is up to at least Grade Two company over fences as he started at that level, turning in a highly-respectable effort in finishing third.

A stumble early in the race and a blunder at the 11th fence were hardly ideal, but he stayed on admirably, only losing out on second in the dying strides.

He gets a handy weight advantage on some more experienced rivals here and while longer trips could see him in a better light later in the season, Court In Motion should still be sharp enough here.

John Ferguson should be on the mark with Rick in the Kelly's Scooping Ice Cream Novices' Chase at Doncaster.

Grey Mirage should strip fitter for his recent outing at Wolverhampton on his return to Dunstall Park.

The three-year-old broke his duck at the third time of asking at Kempton in March before heading on to Sandown where he landed a fair event on very testing ground.

Trainer Marco Botti then sent him to Doncaster where he produced a performance too bad to be true in finishing last off a 7lb higher mark.

He returned to Town Moor a couple of weeks later and ran a better race in finishing fifth, especially given his saddle slipped, but Botti opted to geld the son of Oasis Dream after that and give him a bit of a break.

Returning at Wolverhampton earlier this month, he made an early bid for glory and was easily reeled in before hanging on for third, but it was not without promise.

The handicapper has dropped him a couple of pounds from that run and Grey Mirage is definitely worth supporting in the Wolverhampton Holiday Inn Handicap.

Omar Khayyam can be given one last try in maiden company in the Book Horizons Restaurant Maiden Stakes.

His last two efforts at that level have not been too bad, particularly his game second place at Nottingham last month.

While he falls some way short of his half-brother Milan's St Leger-winning exploits, Omar Khayyam appeals as a late-maturing type.

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