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Khuzaam can justify Varian's faith

Infrastructure can return from a break in the best possible fashion by landing the 32Red Handicap (stock photo)
Infrastructure can return from a break in the best possible fashion by landing the 32Red Handicap (stock photo)

By Anita Chambers

Khuzaam is worth another crack at Listed level in the feature British Stallion Studs EBF Hyde Stakes at Kempton.

Roger Varian's charge looked pretty smart at the back end of last year, winning one of his two starts on the all-weather - results which prompted his team to pitch him at the Fairway Stakes on his return in May.

However, the decision did not pay dividends because he could finish only fifth in that 10-furlong heat - and he subsequently underwent wind surgery during a 123-day break.

Khuzaam was well beaten in second by Scentasia on his return at Yarmouth in September - but that was a fine performance in hindsight, giving 2lb to a filly who has gone on to win two Listed races at Lingfield.

Khuzaam himself dotted up by seven lengths on his subsequent handicap outing, with a 14lb rise seeming quite reasonable - and also forcing Varian to raise his sights.

He has a bit to find with a couple of Wednesday's rivals on the ratings - most notably War Glory - but Khuzaam is only lightly raced and could have any amount of untapped potential.

Infrastructure can return from a break in the best possible fashion by landing the 32Red Handicap.

He has had just the one try over this two-mile trip, but he certainly ran with distinction to claim a fast-finishing third in a very competitive event at York in August.

Infrastructure was held up towards the rear that day as he jumped up in trip from 14 furlongs, but his flourish in the final furlong suggests two miles was not a problem - and he is a thoroughly unexposed stayer for Martyn Meade.

Hurricane Alex has clearly learnt a bit on each of his two runs and can put the pieces together in the 100% Profit Boost At Novice Median Auction Stakes.

Last of 20 on his debut at Newbury, Hurricane Alex turned out just six days later at Kempton and was a half-length second in what was only an ordinary event.

But he was putting in his best work at the end of seven furlongs, so switching up to a mile looks a positive move.

Guroor impressed with a five-length win in an apprentice event last time, and a 7lb rise may not be enough to anchor her in the 32Red On The App Store Handicap.

She appeared to have plenty more in reserve during the course of that triumph, and a mark of 69 still looks quite generous.

Angels Breath was among the top rank over hurdles last term and is an eye-catching runner in the Highflyer Bloodstock Novices' Chase at Warwick.

A Grade Two winner and Grade One-placed over the smaller obstacles, Angels Breath was also a point-to-point victor before joining Nicky Henderson, so there should not be any question marks over his jumping.

The five-year-old kicks off at two miles, and his hurdles rating makes him a clear choice.

Subway Surf proved very useful in bumper company and can kick on again on her first try over obstacles in the Use The Tracker mares' Novices' Hurdle.


CHEPSTOW: 1.15 De Forgotten One, 1.45 March Is On, 2.20 Getaway Fred, 2.50 Cuban Pete, 3.20 The Swagman, 3.50 Drewmain Legend.

DUNDALK: 2.25 Power Drive, 2.55 Yuften, 3.25 Red Avenger, 3.55 Miss Sassyboots, 4.25 Sceptical, 4.55 No Speed Limit.

HEXHAM: 12.50 Frightened Rabbit, 1.25 Warendorf, 2.00 Kiltealy Briggs, 2.30 Graystown, 3.00 Supremely Lucky, 3.30 Dark And Dangerous.

KEMPTON: 4.10 Last Date, 4.40 Comeatchoo, 5.10 Gazelle, 5.40 Hurricane Alex, 6.10 KHUZAAM (NAP), 6.40 Infrastructure, 7.10 Sir Prize, 7.40 Guroor.

WARWICK: 12.30 Cascova, 1.05 Rosemary Russet, 1.35 Subway Surf, 2.10 Angels Breath, 2.40 Gunnery, 3.10 Burtons Well, 3.40 Nearly Perfection.

DOUBLE: Khuzaam and Infrastructure.

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