Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Don’t desert Desert Creek

Desert Creek Creek showed up well to finish second in a hot event on his debut earlier this month and will surely go one better in the EBF Maiden Stakes at Yarmouth.

The Refuse To Bend colt lost little in defeat when going down by a length and a quarter to a smart individual in All About You and the way he picked up late on suggests this step up in trip will suit.

Sir Michael Stoute will still be on a high, having saddled Conduit to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf on Saturday night, and this juvenile can continue the fine end-of-season form of the trainer.

Vienna Affair looks a filly who will thrive once stepped into handicap company and gets the chance to prove the point in the Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap.

Although the three-year-old failed to hit the mark in three maiden starts, she was placed once and was not beaten far on her latest outing at Yarmouth.

An initial mark of 65 could prove lenient if shrewd handler James Fanshawe is able to coax further improvement out of his filly.

It would be dangerous to dismiss her chances in this heat.

Bryan Smart is finishing off his season on a high and the North Yorkshire handler is taken to gain another success courtesy of Zegna in the Cowthorpe Median Auction Maiden at Catterick.

The juvenile failed to make much impact in testing conditions at Ayr on his debut but showed marked improvement when beaten just a head into second at Pontefract last time.

This race will not take an awful lot of winning and with Smart’s yard in outstanding form, this colt is a confident selection.

Bold Marc has already won twice at the track and can complete the hat-trick in the TurfTV.co.uk Handicap.

The six-year-old registered a head success over this course and distance less than a fortnight ago and although a 5lb higher mark makes life tougher, it may not be enough to stop him in present form.

Cool Sands bounced back to form in impressive style at Kempton earlier this month and can continue in that vein of form in the ladbrokes.com Handicap at Southwell.

The James Given inmate has shown a liking for this track in the past, having won round here five times, and was not scoring out of turn when scoring by a length and three-quarters last time.

Cool Sands is not the most consistent of individuals but looks sure to make his presence felt if he puts his best foot forward.

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