Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Newbury: Victor has real Ace in the pack

Ace High could hold the winning hand at Newbury tomorrow.

Although the huge seven-year-old was thrust over fences after just three starts, he has hardly been a washout, with two honourable efforts in defeat.

It may all have happened a little quickly for him, however, as a clutch of naive mistakes at Newton Abbot perhaps suggested.

A talented individual, Victor Dartnall has wisely reverted to hurdles with the brief of restoring his confidence.

This son of Kayf Tara should also be exceedingly happier on this better ground in the Events Management Maiden Hurdle.

Frankie Anson, meanwhile, can do the business for Micky Hammond in the Oakley Coachbuilders Novices Handicap Chase.

The stout seven-year-old has already had a fine season, and showed at Doncaster in January he is probably still a few pounds ahead of the handicapper.

Frankie Anson, formerly with Alan Swinbank, stayed on for second behind Kim Muir runner Mostly Bob, with three miles on good ground looking just about ideal for his return to the track.

Flinty Bay can continue to build swift momentum when he is sent into battle at Sedgefield.

Nicky Richards' six-year-old has been unfortunate to run into a clutch of really classy horses this term in the shape of Backspin, Recession Proof and Storm Brig.

He has hardly folded when asked to rise to the challenge, however, finishing in the money on each foray to the racecourse since beginning life in an Ayr bumper.

And after having opened his account at the sixth time of asking in February, he has another fine chance of doubling up in the John Wade Group Novices Hurdle.

Flinty Bay secured a narrow verdict at Ayr, yet it is interesting to see him remain in novice company rather than dip his toe into the volatile waters of handicaps. This extra half-mile should also enable him to settle into his task in what looks a moderate affair.

Trainer John Wade sponsors the opening contest and can enjoy a winner in the Cleaner Air Solutions Handicap Chase.

Jeringa has been struck down by a bad case of seconditis this term, but has been unearthed a decent opportunity in which to set the record straight.

It would be utterly churlish to brand his recent run of near-misses as being a hallmark of a untrustworthy horse, such is the 12-year-old's likeable attitude.

Jeringa should enjoy a course and distance at which he impressed last November.

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