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‘Voyager’ suited by this trip!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Hilborough will definitely be worth buying if Mick Channon’s charge wins a nine-runner Claiming Stakes over an extended mile of Wolverhampton tapeta today; only ten days ago we napped this thrice-raced Makfi colt for a competitive Novice Stakes over seven furlongs of Chelmsford polytrack.

Analysis was based on his previous effort last month when sixth (of 14!) beaten less than seven lengths, in a Newmarket maiden!

Admittedly Hilborough was a tad disappointing under Charles Bishop but first experience of an all-weather surface must be factored in as an excuse; to my eye the closing stages indicated this extra distance, against moderate rivals, will be ideal.

Never look at form with a biased view, it is extremely costly to watch through ‘rose-coloured glasses’ as we’ve all found to our cost down the long road of experience; by the same token always be prepared to look deeper and delve.

On the time-handicap Hilborough has an obvious chance and is advantaged by the 3lbs apprentice allowance of Callum Shepherd; it’s a long way for a juvenile and every pound counts.

Obviously previous winner, Carp Kid, can’t be dismissed and Kheleyf’s Girl has been ‘pitched in’ off an opportunistic mark, with the lowest weight, but Hilborough is worth chancing. Wonder why they want to get rid!

I’ll answer that question, Channon charges at least £70 a day!

Over the same course and distance Jamie Osborne-trained Voyager Blue and Hasanoanda, from the huge, powerful, yard of John Gosden both have similar profiles in the nine-runner Novice Median Auction Stakes and are expected to improve on their debut efforts last month.

Preference is for Voyager Blue, price-wise, and experience of surface and trip!

Also Richard Kingscote has been booked, none better, especially aboard two-year-olds which dominate the yard of his guv’nor, Tom Dascombe, owned by another former International soccer star, Michael Owen!

Whereas 69-year-old Channon missed the big money Michael is multi-millionaire and is now a Sky pundit; both good blokes.

Brockey Rise, one of nine ‘decs’ for a Nursery Handicap over five furlongs, needs only to replicate his winning mark when ridden by PJ McDonald, for the only time, at Thirsk back in August; since David Evans’ charge has been beaten four times under different jockeys!

Guess who rides this time!


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