Brittain Filly Still On The Up
Brittain Filly Still On The Up
By Anita Chambers

Methayel was just touched off on her seasonal return but she should now be primed for action in the Handicap at Kempton.

Clive Brittain’s four-year-old won twice on the turf late last season, prompting her mark to shoot up from 60 to 68 by the end of the year.

While she failed to triumph off that perch when fourth on her final 2011 outing at this track, it was little to do with her raised mark and more about her troubled passage.

Given a nice break over the winter by Brittain, Methayel returned to the fray at Lingfield last month, going down by just a nose when trying to concede weight to each of her five rivals.

The Araafa filly was only just run out of it in the shadow of the post by an in-form rival who also had the benefit of a 5lb claimer on board.

That was a highly creditable performance from Methayel and while a further 2lb rise is far from ideal, it should not be enough to stop this improving filly.

Ganas was obviously a bit slow to come to hand in the past but he can start making up for lost time by making a victorious start to 2012 in the Betfair Handicap.

Clive Cox did not send this four-year-old to the track until last August and while he won one of his four starts, Ganas still looked pretty immature as he pulled hard and ran around a bit in the finish.

Another winter will have given him time to mature and Ganas could be an interesting contender.

The step up to seven furlongs can see Piece Of Cake hit the target in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield.

Charlie Hills’ filly is related to some classy performers and she was hardly disgraced when having to give best to a more experienced rival on her racecourse bow.

Beaten just over a length by Sujet Bellagio, the winner had first run on her but she kept on well and a longer trip can only aid her cause.

Zaeem let down favourite backers last time but is worth another chance in the Mirror Punters Club Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

He was beaten by a better-ridden stablemate at Yarmouth first time out this term, who has won again since, but after hitting the bar on each of his four starts, Zaeem’s time must surely come.

A return to slightly more positive tactics should benefit Triple Charm in Yarmouth’s Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Handicap.

She was dropped in from a wide draw at Kempton and probably just had too much to do when a fast-finishing fourth.

Jeremy Noseda‘s runner still looks well handicapped at present and if she can handle testing ground, she could well score here.

Kent Street is the choice in the Consol Handicap Chase at Sedgefield while at Exeter, Kap West can strike in the Racing UK Welcomes Exeter Racecourse Handicap Chase.

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