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Could be ‘Lucky’ for ‘Buster!’

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gowanbuster is expected to improve on his promising course debut in division one of a Novice Stakes over six furlongs of Newcastle tapeta today; this Susan Corbett-trained Bahri gelding was a 100/1 shot but shaped well throughout in the race won by Moqarrar from Sir Michael Stoute’s powerful Newmarket yard.

Runner-up was consistent, hitherto luckless Big Kitten, strongly fancied by the Middleham ‘winning machine’ Mark Johnston.

Paul Mulrennan had Gowanbuster handily placed on his ‘first day at school’ and then asked a question two furlongs out; the response must have suprised the Northern-based Irish jockey.

With 300 yards remaining Gowanbuster was actually ‘in there pitching’ but, not surprisingly, faded on the stiff climb in the closing stages.

My immediate impression was ‘too far’ and, apparently great minds think alike because Paul mentioned dropping Gowanbuster back in distance to the racing family Corbett, a potential force to be reckoned with in the next few months.

There are several likely dangers, namely ‘Johnno’s’ Illusional, and once-raced Takeonefortheteam, but others need to improve considerably; Gowanbuster should and rates a speculative each-way bet with three places on offer.

Paul also rides an interesting ‘Prospect’ for Julie Camacho in division two!

There is a deal of confidence behind Royal Prospect, 4th (of 14!) in a fast-run Redcar miler last month, but Furzig achieved a useful time-handicap mark over course and distance nineteen days ago and Richard Fahey expects another success in his quest for two-hundred winners. Napped!

Bubble And Squeak, second in all four races to date, might just occupy that vexing placing yet again in a four-runner Conditions Stakes over ten furlongs of Chelmsford polytrack tonight; Lucky Deal is her equal, judged on an eye-catching debut over nine furlongs at Redcar twenty-four days ago, and must improve sufficiently under Silvestre de Souza!

Interesting and most intriguing sport throughout.

Newcastle, 5.10 Gowanbuster (e.w); 5.40 Furzig (nap); Chelmsford, 7.00 Lucky Deal.