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Rosarno and Ship are ready to set sail


By Anita Chambers

Rosarno has been dropping through the ratings this term but he can arrest his decline in the first division of the Handicap at Nottingham.

Rated 83 at the start of the year, Rosarno has been well below par on each of his five runs, with a fourth place at Sandown in June the best he has mustered.

However, Rosarno has shown a preference for cut in the ground and he came good around this time last year, so perhaps he just thrives in the autumn air.

A step down in both class and distance adds to his appeal.

Ship Of The Fen, with Silvestre de Sousa on board, can finally get off the mark for Martyn Meade as he switches to handicap company.

The Champs-Elysees colt has drawn a blank in three starts to date, but his efforts in novice and maiden heats have at least demonstrated a modicum of promise.

The form of his initial third has not worked out brilliantly, while his subsequent Sandown fifth appears to be nothing special, but there was much to like about his runner-up spot at Goodwood last time out.

Beaten five lengths by Showroom that day, Ship Of The Fen could not make up the ground he conceded early on against what seemed to be a pretty smart front-running winner.

Ship Of The Fen was staying on all the way, so an extra furlong in the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Nursery Handicap should suit, while an initial mark of 75 could prove quite generous.

Sevenna Star looks the one to follow in the EBF Stallions Oath Restricted Maiden Stakes.

GOWRAN: 1.50 Dawn Arrival, 2.20 Himmah, 2.55 Butoolat, 3.25 Ellona, 3.55 Harry Speed, 4.30 Voyageofdiscovery, 5.00 World War, 5.30 Iolani.

KEMPTON: 5.20 Binky Blue, 5.55 Laieth, 6.25 Multicultural, 6.55 Wine List, 7.25 Ennjaaz, 7.55 Blue De Vega, 8.25 Evening Starlight, 8.55 Prince Jai.

LUDLOW: 1.55 High Wells, 2.25 Poetic Lady, 3.00 Heist, 3.30 Silver Quay, 4.00 The Gipper, 4.35 Hands Of Stone, 5.10 Fine Ark.

NOTTINGHAM: 1.45 Knighted, 2.15 Wear It Well, 2.50 Sevenna Star, 3.20 SHIP OF THE FEN (NAP), 3.50 Rosarno, 4.20 William Booth, 4.55 Hadeeqa, 5.25 Dubaitwentytwenty.

TOWCESTER: 2.05 Oscar's Song, 2.40 Chitu, 3.10 Cool Macavity, 3.40 Plantagenet, 4.10 Copperfacejack, 4.45 King's Temple.

DOUBLE: Ship Of The Fen and Rosarno.

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