Fendale could be the surprise winner of the big race on Doncaster’s Thursday evening card.
Trained by Michael Dods and owned by Ritchie Fiddes, the four-year-old has a bit to prove in the Terry Bellas Memorial Handicap.
He had looked a horse going places quite quickly in his salad days, but he was not good enough for races like the Gimcrack at York and the Cornwallis at Newmarket.
The four-year-old has occasionally flickered with intent since then, though, and turned in an interesting performance at Pontefract 10 days ago.
Fendale finished sixth in a six-furlong handicap, but the ground he made up once the cause was lost was perhaps a reminder that he is now on a career-low mark.
It could well be the step up to seven furlongs can eke out that little bit extra in the hands of Paul Mulrennan.
Commentator’s nightmare Alexandrakollontai can be the name on everyone’s lips at Leicester
Alistair Whillans’ mare will strike a degree of fear into the unlucky race-caller charged with shuffling out seven syllables within a heartbeat.
Bookmakers, too, should also on be on edge if she does what is expected of her in the EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies’ Handicap.
The six-year-old mare is not the most consistent of animals, but she has been in good nick this summer.
Alexandrakollontai took charge of a six-furlong fillies’ handicap at this course and distance in May when she zoomed five lengths clear.
The handicapper understandably shovelled another 6lb upon her back, but recent performances tend to suggest she is not done with just yet.
A fast-finishing fourth at Hamilton back over six furlongs neatly evidenced that theory. She again caught the eye when was stepped up to a mile at Carlisle on June 22 but the trip probably found her out and she finished third.The return to Leicester over seven furlongs could do the trick.
* Selections -
Doncaster: 6.00 Seamster, 6.35 Clef, 7.05 Blue Point, 7.35 See The Sea, 8.10 Fendale, 8.40 Goodwood Mirage, 9.10 Cacica.
Leicester: 1.50 Restore, 2.20 Last Star Falling, 2.50 On The Bill, 3.25 ALEXANDRAKOLLONTAI (NAP), 3.55 Great Order, 4.25 Percys Princess, 5.00 Consistant.
Chepstow: 2.10 Bazwind, 2.40 Hardington, 3.15 Wild Flower, 3.45 Mendacious Harpy, 4.15 Nightingale Valley, 4.50 Mo Wonder, 5.25 Miss Ranger, 5.55 Phantom River.
Epsom: 6.10 Uncle Dermot, 6.45 Sixties Love, 7.15 Bear Valley, 7.50 Arnold Lane, 8.20 Fast Dancer, 8.50 Inke.
Hamilton: 2.00 Wild Acclaim, 2.30 Gaelic Wizard, 3.05 Run Rio Run 3.35 Dominada, 4.05 Carbon Dating, 4.40 Haraz, 5.15 Munjally.
Double: Alexandrakollontai and Fendale.