Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

A touch of Magic

Magic Echo will enjoy optimum conditions at Newbury and should run her race in the Electrolux Professional Fillies' Handicap.

Michael Dods' front-running filly does well with a bit of dig in the ground as she illustrated at Ayr in September.

The daughter of Wizard King attempted to make all under Phillip Makin, with the plan only foiled by She's Our Lass.

That was still a fine effort, however, and signified a distinct shift in fortunes after a couple of subdued efforts.

While not the most consistent of performers, she is likely to be underrated in the market and could spring a minor surprise if afforded an easy lead.

Drill Sergeant is entitled to come on a ton for a good debut at Newcastle and should be involved at the business end of the Newvoicemedia EBF Maiden Stakes.

Despite finishing some way adrift of the top-two finishers, the son of Rock Of Gibraltar stuck to his task doggedly for third.

Mark Johnston's horses usually need an outing to come to themselves and this colt should be no exception to that rule.

Crete is an intriguing entry in the FFI The Coffee People Apprentice Handicap.

Another to show signs of ability with the ground on the soft side, William Haggas' gelding makes his first start since August 2005 - having done more than enough to warrant interest in this moderate heat.

Whether he needs the run remains to be seen but there could be value to be had in this well-regarded, if slightly frustrating, son of Montjeu.

Punters prepared to sit it out until 9.20pm at Kempton can be rewarded for their iron will if supporting Pinch Of Salt.

Andrew Balding's four-year-old had not pulled up many trees until he was sent over a mile and a half at the Middlesex track last month.

All was soon forgiven, however, as Pinch Of Salt took full advantage of a lenient handicap mark to win by two and a half lengths.

While no world-beater, the gelding might just have a shade more progress in him to defy a 6lb rise at the weights.

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