Saturday, 12 November 2011

Total Gallery to make still life out of opposition ?


Twelve horses line up for the Listed Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield over 6f on the All Weather.

Secret Asset is fav based on his 2nd place in the Abbaye, he’s won once here in the past off a mark of 92 and that may not be good enough in this race despite his recent run of good form.

Total Gallery has had some very good Group race form in the past, he was only 2 lengths behind Sacred Kingdom in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint after beating Fleeting Spirit in the Group 1 Abbaye, both when only a 3yo. He left J. S. Moore at the end of 2010 and had a couple of races in France, winning one, before coming back to England and joining up with top sprint trainer Henry Candy. If he recaptures some of his old form, on this his first try on the All Weather, then the others will have a race on. He’s still only 5 and is relatively lightly raced and his first run for Candy wasnt too bad either when he was beaten 5 1/2 lengths behind Iver Bridge Lad when 7th at Maisons Laffitte over 6f on very soft going, which he hasnt done well on in the past. That was his first run for 5 months so the chances are he will be stepping up on that and Candy has booked Eddie Ahern, a master round here, to do the steering so all in all he looks worth a bet from his stall 8 draw provided he handles the surface.

It will be interesting to see how many whip bans come out of the Paddy Power at Cheltenham today as there has been a lot of use of the whip up the straght in the past.

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