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Wait For Me can strike gold in the St Austell Brewery Handicap Chase at Newton Abbot (stock photo)
Wait For Me can strike gold in the St Austell Brewery Handicap Chase at Newton Abbot (stock photo)

By Anita Chambers

Archie Perkins can claim his third win of the year in the Beverley Annual Badgeholders Handicap at Beverley.

Nigel Tinkler's gelding was well in under a penalty at York last time, but the hat-trick bid was not sealed as he had to settle for a three-length third.

A rain-softened surface was more likely his undoing, or contributed to it, and there is every chance Archie Perkins can cope with his new mark here.

The four-year-old remains in fine form at this trip and on ground currently described on good, albeit with some forecast rain around, he can get back to winning ways at this level.

He has proved he can handle some ease, so unless conditions deteriorate markedly again, Archie Perkins will have much in his favour.

Allen A Dale is interesting on his first start of the year in the Flat Out More Racing On RacingTV Handicap. Richard Fahey's colt has shown some promise in just three career outings to date, and has twice run well fresh.

On his racecourse debut 14 months ago he made eye-catching late progress over five furlongs at Pontefract.

He was then absent until November but put up another fine effort, outrunning his odds for a close fourth at Wolverhampton.

He was caught out wide at Southwell less than three weeks later and, although disappointing on the face of it that day, may be underestimated by his rating as he makes his handicap debut.

Muhaarar's Nephew is the pick in the More Flat Racing On Racing TV Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

As his name implies, he is a close relation of the top sprinter, but Muhaarar's Nephew does not appear to be quite as speedy a type, making his debut over an extended mile.

He performed with credit that day to take third, and looked a surefire future winner.

Perfect Illusion has been getting ever closer to a return to winning ways of late and may be able to seal the deal in the Pegasus Pumps Ltd Handicap at Newbury.

Andrew Balding's gelding was no match for the very useful Charles Kingsley at Brighton last time, but still ran with credit for a clear second.

That four-runner race hardly amounts to the most substantial form. But Perfect Illusion has also put up encouraging performances in two of his three other starts this season and, in receipt of 4lb, may be able to foil likely favourite Frontispiece this time.

Onassis is one to note in the Equine Productions EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes. A daughter of Dubawi, she is out of Jacqueline Quest, who famously passed the post first in the 2010 1000 Guineas only to be disqualified at a subsequent stewards' inquiry.

Onassis obviously has plenty of ability to inherit on both sides and is worth watching, starting out over seven furlongs.

Just Later lines up in Brighton's Rag'N'Bone Man Live Here 27th July Handicap as he returns from a break. Last seen when finishing second at Chelmsford in December, Just Later has shown flashes of promise in this three starts to date.

Wait For Me can strike gold in the St Austell Brewery Handicap Chase at Newton Abbot. The nine-year-old has had a few weeks off since finishing third in a hurdles heat at Haydock and is interesting back over fences. He has not raced over the bigger obstacles since 2017, which was also the last time he won, so perhaps a change in discipline can see him back on the winning track.


BEVERLEY: 2.00 Walk In Marrakesh, 2.30 Allen A Dale, 3.00 Low Profile, 3.30 ARCHIE PERKINS (NAP), 4.00 Tails I Win, 4.30 Muhaarar's Nephew, 5.00 Viking Way.

BRIGHTON: 2.15 Shamshon, 2.45 Bredenbury, 3.15 Seaborn, 3.45 Strictly Art, 4.15 Luxford, 4.45 Just Later, 5.15 Olaudah.

NEWBURY: 4.55 Gas Monkey, 5.30 Carmel, 6.05 Gert Lush, 6.35 Onassis, 7.10 Perfect Illusion, 7.40 Corrida De Toros, 8.15 Keeper's Choice, 8.45 Rose Hip.

NEWTON ABBOT: 5.45 Lapford Lad, 6.20 Seero, 6.50 Wait For Me, 7.25 Floral Queen, 7.55 Royal Magic, 8.30 Jacbequick, 9.00 Glanvilles Guest.

DOUBLE: Archie Perkins and Muhaarar's Nephew.

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