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Timeform Eyecatcher: Sunday

INNESTON

Third, 2m 1 1/2f novice hurdle, Fontwell, Sunday 29 January

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Two defeats in as many starts since Inneston arrived from France doesn't augur well on the face of it with the latest effort at Fontwell Park seeing the import returned the even money favourite.

However, this was a marked step up from his debut for Gary Moore at Newbury and Inneston may well have won but for a blunder at the final flight.

Inneston may not yet have lived up to the expectations that have arisen from his work on the gallops but this run suggested that he's very much heading in the right direction. Moore can be relied upon to find a suitable opportunity for his next start as he continues his education and he shouldn't have too high an initial mark given the form of his first two hurdle starts.

Inneston looks the type to progress through the handicap ranks as he gains in experience and it would be no surprise to see him line up in a two mile handicap at Sandown in the spring and he's one to watch with interest.

Timeform Eyecatcher: Saturday

ABBEY'S DREAM

Second, 7f handicap, Lingfield, Saturday 28 January

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This handicap was run at just a steady pace, but the winner and the third were always well positioned throughout, therefore runner-up Abbey's Dream needs marking up for finishing as close as she did.

She had been knocking on the door and put her experience to good use when opening her account in a maiden at Newcastle earlier this month and she left the impression she has been allotted a fair opening mark here.

A slow start meant that she was ridden more patiently than usual, but she made good headway down the wide outside in the straight to finish never nearer than at the finish. Her pedigree suggests she'll stay further than seven furlongs, so that is an option, but there is no doubt she is capable of winning more races at around this level in the coming weeks.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Friday

CLAY

Third, 2m handicap hurdle, Doncaster, Friday 27 January

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A hot handicap for the grade, with any number shaping well and marking themselves out as interesting for next time, particularly Clay who caught the eye in third.

Clay appeared to have got into handicaps on a fair mark based on his Flat form, and he went a long way to confirming that impression here, building on the promise of his qualifying run and arguably unlucky not to make a race of it with the winner.

He took a while to settle under a patient ride, but travelled well into the race, making good headway on the bridle into the straight before meeting some trouble between three and two out. Clay rallied well before jumping the last and finished his race well, suggesting he'll stay further with more experience under his belt, and he is well worth backing next time to prove this sort of mark a lenient one.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Thursday

ENGLEBERT

Fifth, 6f maiden, Newcastle, Thursday 26 January

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A maiden run in unorthodox fashion, the runner-up soon clear and setting a strong pace, while the favourite had to work hard to get past him, but was clearly the best long-term project in the field.

However, further back Englebert very much caught the eye with the view to handicaps in the future. He had been gelded and had a breathing operation (reported to have made a noise on last two starts) and was much more prominent in the betting than previously, but he wasn't at all given a hard time and finished with running left at the line.

Whether he will be given a mark following this run remains to be seen (was refused one after his third start) but he is clearly a horse to remain positive about when he does goes handicapping and is well up to winning races.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Wednesday

BOLSOVER BILL

Second, 2m3f handicap chase, Catterick, Wednesday 25 January

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Bolsover Bill arrived on a roll having won his previous three starts and, though he had his winning run ended, he emerged with credit again, beaten only by another thriving type.

He paid the price for attempting to match strides with the thrown-in winner for so long, pressing on some way from home but was headed on the home turn.

Bolsover Bill was left behind from two out but still managed to hold on for second place having done too much too soon and he will remain on a fair mark after this, so he will be well worth supporting next time.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Tuesday

CORSINI

Fourth, 1m3f handicap, Southwell, Tuesday 24 January

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Things didn't go smoothly for Corsini who was awkward leaving the stalls and then raced keenly in rear, but she still ended up running respectably in fourth, doing well to hit the frame given how much she did wrong.

Corsini stuck to her task well in the straight, leaving the impression that she has the ability to win a similar event if proving more straightforward.

It's also worth remembering that she was making only her third start since joining Kevin Philippart de Foy so she could still do better for this yard.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Monday

CREME DE CACAO

Fifth, 7f fillies' novice, Wolverhampton, Monday 23 January

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Creme de Cacao failed to make a telling impact on her debut but she shaped with promise in fifth and could take a significant step forward with the experience under her belt.

Creme de Cacao showed her inexperience at the start, breaking slowly from the stalls which resulted in her being held up in a steadily-run race.

She also looked green when asked for her effort in the straight, initially hanging left, but she kept on in encouraging fashion and, in the care of Roger Varian, she's certainly in the right hands to progress.


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