PICK PETER AT SOUTHWELL
Pick Peter At Southwell
Pick Peter At Southwell
By Anita Chambers
Easy conditions appeared to be the undoing of Peter Anders on his latest start but the switch back to the Southwell all-weather should herald a return to form.
Mark Johnston’s colt is winless in five starts, but he has turned in meritorious efforts on more than one occasion, going down by just a nose on his final juvenile outing.
His initial start this term looked highly promising as he was not beaten far by Grey Mirage at Kempton, with that one going on to further success in a better event at Sandown subsequently.
Connections must have been full of hope at Catterick but after racing prominently, the ease in the ground appeared to sap his reserves and Peter Anders trailed home in fourth.
Johnston has elected to leave maiden company behind now by lining up in the 32RedPoker.com Handicap and that switch could prove crucial.
Art Dzeko has always been well thought of by connections and the faith was repaid when he came good at the fifth time of asking at Catterick last month.
A debut effort at Wolverhampton had clearly put him straight as he powered home over seven furlongs, with a step up in trip seeming to suit.
Tajriba had plenty of options this week so it is interesting the Godolphin team have elected to send her for the £32 Bonus At 32Red.com Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
A half-sister to Irish 1000 Guineas winner Nightime, among others, Tajriba cost 200,000 guineas at Tattersalls in 2010 and was fancied to make a winning racecourse bow last term.
However, she had to give best to a more experienced rival but shaped well and was staying on at the finish.
Stepping up from a mile to 11 furlongs should help her on pedigree and she rates a decent prospect at this stage.
Chookie Royale signed off 2011 with an all-weather win and he can make a triumphant return in Catterick’s yorkshire-outdoors.co.uk Handicap.
This four-year-old has not seen much action yet and he appeals as an unexposed type after some consistent efforts last autumn.
Second on two occasions before getting his head in front at Southwell, Chookie Royale has shown he can handle some cut in the ground, too, which could prove to be an important factor here.
Chookie Royale starts his season on a 5lb higher mark but this should be no bar to success.
Captain Kelly is the choice in the SIS Novices’ Hurdle at Fakenham, while Princely Player can strike for Philip Hobbs in the David James Foundation “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle at Exeter.
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