WHAILEYY TO SPRINT HOME
Whaileyy To Sprint Home
Whaileyy To Sprint Home
By Tom Peacock
Whaileyy can prove he has enough speed to cope with a drop down to the minimum distance in the Nottingham Racecourse Hospitality & Sponsorship Handicap.
It was a tough ask for Marco Botti to improve a horse previously in the care of Sir Michael Stoute, but the talented young Italian quickly realised the gelding was a pure sprinter and won a six-furlong handicap with him on the all-weather in January.
Whaileyy was hammered by the assessor for the victory but in two subsequent efforts over the distance, it has looked as if the son of Holy Roman Emperor has not been getting home as he was collared on the line at Wolverhampton and weakened on his first run on a return from a break at Newbury.
It is not unreasonable to expect him to be sharper for that run, for which he has been dropped a little in the weights by the handicapper, but the main reason for supporting him is because he travels like a smart horse during his races.
The four-year-old might find a slightly shorter trip more to his liking and is worth giving a chance here.
David Pipe might concentrate on jumping but, like his father Martin, his runners on the Flat should be noted and Street Entertainer makes some appeal in the nottinghamracecourse.co.uk Handicap.
A huge gamble for the race the family would like to win most, the Martin Pipe conditional jockeys’ event at the Cheltenham Festival, the gelding ran quite well until falling two from home, and ended up weakening again when turned out at Aintree.
Street Entertainer returns to the level on a mark lower than he ever competed from when with Amanda Perrett and Pipe could feel he has spotted an opportunity.
Sarah Humphrey has shown herself to be a seriously underrated trainer in the last couple of seasons and even managed to produce a winner on the Flat this week, but she can strike in one of her more usual haunts at Fontwell.
Little Carmela had lost her way for Neil King but has shown a glimmer of hope in one start each on the all-weather and over timber and now could be the time to strike in the Celebrating Boughton April Diamond Jubilee’s Birth Handicap Hurdle.
Miss Exhibitionist was not campaigned as if she were among the best of Alan King’s juveniles, but she has been a respectable second on her last two starts and can go a place better in the Douglas Family Mares’ Maiden Hurdle at Uttoxeter.
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