Racing: Friday preview

Horseracing: News, reports and more.
Horseracing: News, reports and more.

Sbraase blew away the cobwebs with a decent run at Wolverhampton earlier this month and he should be primed for the Coral Connect Handicap back at Dunstall Park.

James Tate’s charge was a winner last September and placed on two further starts on the Tapeta track before the turn of the year, signing off with a three-and-a-half-length second in November before going on something of a mini-break.

Returned to action earlier this month, Sbraase clashed with the reopposing Leonard Thomas over nine and a half furlongs and while only minor distances separated the entire field that day, Tate’s charge fared much the better in claiming a short-head second to Off The Pulse, while Leonard Thomas was sixth.

There was no sort of pace early on that day which did not play to Sbraase’s strengths and he was just tapped for a bit of toe a couple of furlongs from home.

While he eventually picked up, he had to challenge widest of all and given those two factors, better is expected here.

Single Lense should enjoy the step up to a mile in the Maiden Stakes after finishing second over seven furlongs last time.

There is plenty of stamina in his pedigree so it was no surprise to see Ed Walker’s charge find one too sharp on his first effort.

Saint Raph has paid the price for his recent wide-margin success with san 11lb hike but should still be in the mix for the Executive Hire Show Last Fence Sponsor Budbrooke Chase at Warwick.

A chase winner in his native France, Robert Walford’s charge was off the track for just shy of two years before lining up at Wincanton last November, when he patently needed the run.

Fourth of five runners that day, he stepped up on that to place at Lingfield on his next two outings before finally coming good when returned to Wincanton last month.

* Selections -

Exeter: 2.20 Gold Present, 2.50 Flementime, 3.20 Twentytwo’s Taken, 3.50 Dont Call Me Oscar, 4.20 Todd, 4.50 Big Society, 5.20 Newton Thistle.

Lingfield: 2.30 Vale Of Iron, 3.00 Tacticus, 3.30 Saskia’s Dream, 4.00 Fab Lolly, 4.30 Dukes Meadow, 5.00 India’s Song.

Warwick: 2.10 Maestro Royal, 2.40 Mad For Road, 3.10 Donapollo, 3.40 Saint Raph, 4.10 Merlin’s Wish, 4.40 John Constable, 5.10 Robins Reef.

Wolverhampton: 5.45 Night Trade, 6.15 Black Iceman, 6.45 Redalani, 7.15 Salvado, 7.45 Give Us A Belle, 8.15 SBRAASE (NAP), 8.45 Single Lense.

Double: Sbraase and John Constable.