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Waldlowe was a close 2nd yesterday and looked the winner when hitting the front, only to be collared on the line. Hopefully for a change of luck today, with a selection over hurdles, and two on the flat.
This is a bit of a strange race, as the weights and ratings don't go hand in hand at all, you have Lethal Steps on the same weight as Peregine Run, but he 12lbs lower in the handicap, but you also have Heroes Of Renown who is 6lbs heavier than the two previously mentioned, but is lower rated than both of them. Either way, GO ANOTHER ONE is the selection in this race, and I don't think there will be a great price on offer, but he is definitely the one they all have to beat.
John McConnell's stable flag-bearer won this race 12 months ago, and it looks to be another stepping stone for him again this year. This race looks more competitive than the won he won back in 2020, and he also carries 12lbs more, after the 5lbs of Hugh Morgan is taken into consideration, which will also make it tougher. Peregrine Run will probably be the one who will be the main danger, as he is a classy horse, however, not at this distance and not over hurdles. If this was a Chase race, then I'd be more concerned about Peregrine Run, but it's a hurdle race, so I expect Go Another One to put him in his place.
He's had a decent run before this race, finishing 2nd to a very well handicapped horse in Walking On Glass who produced a rating of 134, despite only being 116 rated. Go Another One did well to get as close as he did that day, and the RPR for his run suggests that too. This horse is a battler and stays the 3m trip extremely well, whereas some of the others might not. Dounikos would be of interest on his old form, but he has shown next to nothing for like three years, but it is interesting they've sent him here with a promising 7lb claimer taking the ride. Heroes Of Renown might challenge Peregrine Run for second place, as he looks a stronger stayer, but he should lack the class to get to the selection.
GLENIFER has been ultra-consistent this term, so it was nice to see him finally break his maiden tag last time out at Ayr. It's strange that it's taken connections this long to figure out that he probably is better over 6f than 5f, as for the majority of his races of the minimum trip, he runs on very strongly. Last time everything clicked into place and he won convincingly, which has seen his raised 5lbs.
Despite being raised 5lbs for his recent win, you'd have to believe that there is more to come, especially at this track where he has ran well before. His run in March where he ran off 62 was a very eye-catching run, as he was very detached in last place, but stayed on very strong inside the final furlong to get 4th. He has also been placed at this track when finishing 2nd in fast finishing style again, if he had another furlong he would've won that day. Today, he tackles a new trip, and goes up another furlong. On pedigree it's not guaranteed to suit, but based on his running style and recent performances, you'd have to say it could bring out even more improvement.
My only concern is the fact he's had 41 days off the track. He has been kept busy this season, and he seemed to relishing his racing, running consistently and finally getting the first win, to see him not run since then is strange, but it might have been to freshen him up.
Another horse who will probably go off a short price, but definitely has a strong chance is GOLDEN BUGLE. This filly still appears to be ahead of her mark of 84, and though I don't think the drop in trip will be ideal, she should have enough ability to win this race and move on to better races.
She has contested some decent races in her lightly raced career, and has met a couple of decent horse along the way. Sayyida beat her on her second start, and she was a runner-up in a Listed race on the weekend just gone. Golden Bugle then won at Doncaster where she showed heart and determination to fend off three rivals. I think Rab Havlin gave her a great ride that day, set the right fractions and she is a strong stayer at this trip, so was always going to be hard to pass. The 2nd and 4th have since finished runner-up in their next races, and will probably be better than their current marks. Last time out she showed her dogged toughness again where she just kept plugging on to the line, despite being quite keen in the early stages.
The race looks the toughest she has contested to date with Goolwa and Horsefly looking quite dangerous off their current marks. Horsefly was well beaten by Golden Bugle last time, but she clearly didn't turn up that day, so it will be interesting to see how she fares today. Hyanna is a nice filly, and does run well in most of her races, but she has a tough task to carry 10st against the 3yos.
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