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Backers could see Signore Piccolo get the yes vote



Trainer David O'Meara

Trainer David O'Meara

Trainer David O'Meara

Punters could do a lot worse than pledge their support to Signore Piccolo in the big race of the day at Ripon.

Underrated trainer David Loughnane has done a fine job with this six-year-old since his transfer from David O'Meara's yard in May.

Signore Piccolo would now appear to hold major claims of victory in the Armstrong Memorial Handicap over six furlongs.

The gelded son of Piccolo won a nice sprint handicap at Haydock in June and has continued to go well, even in spite of an elevated handicap mark.

He should really have won at Beverley on July 8 but got going a little too late in the piece and missed out by a nose. Signore Piccolo was then sent to Chester a week and a half ago for a strong class three handicap over five furlongs.

Things went wrong as he was slowly away and was then stopped in his tracks inside the final furlong.

But he stayed on earnestly once his chance had gone and did really well to get to within two and three-quarters of a lengths of Confessional.

A proven operator when there is cut in the ground, the in-form sprinter is clearly not done with yet and will not be knocked off his stride by going over six furlongs.

Paul Mulrennan has won on him before so it is also pleasing to see the partnership resume acquaintances.

Whitecrest would not be winning out of turn at Salisbury races today.

John Spearing's nine-year-old is not getting any quicker but she should still have enough about her to go well in a six-furlong handicap at the Wiltshire circuit.

The daughter of Ishiguru rattled off a hat-trick earlier in the year and has since held her form reasonably well.

Whitecrest was a good runner-up over this course and distance in July when she got close to within a length and a quarter of Dandy Flame, who has since won at Windsor.

Belfast Telegraph