Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Get in on the act with Drama

Wolverhampton stage the only Flat action of the day but all-weather fans can go home happy if siding with Distant Drama in the Pontin's Great Family Holidays Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

This Distant View filly is evidently not one of the leading lights in trainer Jeremy Noseda's pecking order, but this is a weak race and she has more scope for improvement than her rivals.

One poor run at this course sounds a note of caution but the six-furlong trip proved much too sharp that day and this extended one-mile test should be right up her street.

Distant Drama deserves to pick up an ordinary race after posting two solid seconds and this one seems made to measure.

Also looking to get off the mark is Ralph Beckett's Istria, who should go close in her endeavour to pick up win number one in the other Pontins-sponsored maiden event.

Sent off at 16-1 on her racecourse debut at Lingfield at the start of the month, she took a long time to find her stride before finishing with purpose.

The experience will have done her the world of good and Istria ought to be much more competitive now she is a little more streetwise.

Lord Of The Reins has shown a good attitude and remains a young sprinter worth following on the sand if his recent second at Kempton is anything to go by.

The three-year-old has won three times from his last six starts, and while the handicapper is beginning to show signs of getting on top, there is room for at least one more hurrah.

That could very well come in the Go Pontin's Handicap, in which Lord Of The Reins holds rock-solid prospects once gain.

Dylan Thomas has been denied the chance of running in Sunday's Japan Cup after falling foul of veterinary red tape.

Recently voted Cartier Horse of the Year, the four-year-old was ruled a non-runner because officials were not satisfied with the results of a routine test for equine viral arteritis (EVA).

However, trainer Aidan O'Brien is hoping he could be allowed to contest the Hong Kong Vase on December 9.

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