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Canford Crossing can go one better and make it
fourth time lucky in division one of the Maiden
Stakes over an extended mile of Wolverhampton
Tapeta tonight; it s a long way for two-year-olds
but Richard Hannon s charge should be ideally
suited judged on his latest form.
Following three reasonable efforts Canford Crossing
improved considerably under champion appprentice
Tom Marquand when finishing second to Jufn over
seven furlongs on Chelmsford polytrack; Jufn com-
pletely fluffed the start, was way behind when this
Canford Cliffs colt hit the front 300 yards out but
then flew and grabbed the lead in the very last
It was like watching Arazi and so fast did Jufn
finish he won by more than a length!
Jufn could well prove group class and Canford
Fingertips took a drop in class in his stride when
making all in the Aspen Insurance Juvenile Hurdle
After putting in a disappointing effort on his British
debut in a Grade Two contest at Cheltenham last
month, the three-year-old looked a reformed character
in the two-mile event.
Odds-on favourite Polarisation loomed up as a big
threat on the run to the final two flights as he looked
like collaring the 5/2 winner to make a winning debut
But not helped by some less than fluent jumping,
the 8/15 shot could not quite get on terms with the
David Pipe-trained runner, with three and three-
quarter lengths between them at the line.
Pipe said: "He was so wound-up before Cheltenham
that he lost his race in the paddock.
"We saddled him up in the stable today and put
the ear plugs on and it has all helped him. When we
took him into the paddock he looked a million times
"He is not overly big, but he has the right attitude
and jumps. He would probably prefer softer ground
and hopefully he can build on that.
"He is a three-year-old we were looking forward
to running. He is going to have to go somewhere up
in grade and he could go to Chepstow at the end of
the month. He will love the ground round there."
Vision Des Champs showed an admirable attitude
when rallying close home to land the Zurich Insurance
PLC Handicap Chase.
The Gary Moore-trained runner demonstrated his
first career success at Huntingdon on his penultimate
start was no fluke when bouncing back from a tame
effort at Newbury seven days ago with a hard-fought
success in the hands of Jamie Moore.
Nico de Boinville seemed to have timed his run
right aboard Malibu Sun, producing him to take up
the running at the second-last. Although holding a
slender lead over the final fence, Ben Pauling s charge
could not shake off the attentions of the 7/1 chance
and with one last effort up the six-year-old surged
ahead in the dying strides to get up by a short head
in a race few got into.
Antony put in a impressive display of jumping on
his way to making a winning start to life over fences
in the Amlin Insurance Novices Limited Handicap
Although on the go since June, the five-year-old
looked a natural over the larger obstacles when com-
pleting a quickfire double for the Moores.
Kept front rank throughout the two-and-a-half-
mile contest the 10/1 winner breezed past Long Lunch
between the final two fences.
Putting in a bold jump at the last Antony continued
to bound clear up the hill for pressure, crossing the
line eight lengths clear of Dancing Shadow.
Crossing is unlikely to encounter any rival
within 10lbs of him on this occasion.
Given Canford Crossing is rated only 68
why didn t Hannon go for a nursery penal-
Incidentally there is a time-handicap dan-
ger, once-raced, John Gosden-trained,
Cachao ran a cracker when fifth, beaten less
than two lengths by Marylyebone at Kemp-
ton last month.
In actual fact Cachao wins this-type race
nine times out of ten, and will be favourite,
but he s drawn 13!
Finally the penny dropped and we took
advantage with 4/1 winner Kakashan in
similar circumstances two days ago; Canford
Crossing is nailed on each-way and can be
backed with confidence for one of three
places. What an intriguing situation that
could well prove informative.
Nine go to post for the aged Maiden
Stakes over twelve furlongs but it didn t
take long to strike out seven, leaving US
Navy Seal and L Admiral David; it s my
intention to include the former in an each-
way double with Canford Crossing as John
Jenkin s charge is likely to be better-priced.
Feature race on another overwhelming
super-Saturday is the eight-runner grade
one, £150000 Tingle Creek Chase over two
miles; old-timer Somersby comes out
favourably and Mick Channon has booked
That will cost him plenty but she s worth
Crossing looks safe
3.00 Somersby (e.w)
7.45 Canford Crossing (nap-e.w)
9.15 U S Navy (e.w)x
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