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‘Super’ juvenile prospects for punters!
Maypole will be classed an infiltrator in the eight-runner Novice Auction Stakes over six furlongs of Chelmsford polytrack today, my idea of an outstanding each-way bet with three places on offer, if none is withdrawn!
Thankfully the practice of late withdrawals has been addressed recently and heavy fines, not to mention ‘name and shame’ revelations, seem to be having an effect.
Each-way doubles/trebles were once my life support and it’s unlikely twice-raced Maypole, trained by Marlborough-based ‘winning machine’ Richard Hannon, will let us down
Richard senior thoroughly enjoyed plundering Newmarket Autumn two-year-old races, another source of ‘back-end’ income; the classic-winning veteran is still supervising as ‘assistant’ to junior whose dedication to keeping the ‘good ship Hannon’ floating is both impressive and commendable.
This Essex venue is just down the road’ for HQ trainers who are represented with three significant rivals; William Haggas is strong about once-raced, well-regarded, Brigand, there is confidence behind John Gosden’s runner, Alba Del Sole, and if Charlie McBride has rekindled enthusiasm with Royal Ascot runner, Mother Of Dragons, she would be a major threat.
On the time-handicap Maypole ticks enough boxes and pre-race betting exchanges will be buzzing!
‘Big John’ also fields a promising newcomer, Whitlock, for the twelve-runner Novice Stakes overa mile but both Gronowski and Big Kitten look formidable attempting
to make it third time lucky
Blinkers have been declared by Jeremy Noseda for Gronowski and Big Kitten (Mark Johnston!) was a beaten favourite under Joe Fanning over seven at Newcastle sixteen days ago; preference is for the former, based an on actual time-figure at this distance over the Rowley Mile.
Six ‘grade one’ trainers are represented in a fascinating Novice Stakes over ten furlongs; Supernova did enough on debut to justify support under Jamie Spencer and thwart ‘Johnno’ who is grooming PJ McDonald for the Middleham job next year; Fanning is nearly fifty!
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