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SIR Ian Good, the long-standing chairman at Hamilton Park, enjoyed an instant return on his investment when CHICHESTER (4.25) romped home by more than four lengths at Newcastle nine days ago and Keith Dalgleish has the gelding out quickly under a 5lb penalty at Beverley.
Formerly with Sir Michael Stoute, Chichester is impossible to ignore in this Class 4 handicap over a mile. David O’Meara’s hardy veteran Mythical Madness belied his 50-1 odds when third to Vanity Affair at Wolverhampton 17 days ago and he was victorious at Thirsk off a 4lb higher mark last June. Sword Beach, a close third to Mars Landing and Jean Baptiste at Leicester, found little under pressure (not for the first time) but should be thereabouts once again. Tangled runs the track particularly well and is interesting now attempting this longer trip.
Mark Johnston's handicappers just keep rolling along out in front at Beverley, making them mighty difficult to reel in on the climb to the line, especially on quick ground. The Middleham maestro mounts a two-pronged attack on this Class 3 contest over seven furlongs and it’s a fair guess either Ghost Rider or STATE OF BLISS (2.40) will cut out the running.
Richard Hannon’s three-year-old Longlai picked off a Salisbury novice stakes last September and Silvestre De Sousa will be keen to keep the Johnston duo within striking distance.
Irish challenger WAKE THE GIANT (1.50) was still travelling well when falling at the last flight at Down Royal last month and can make amends off a light weight in the 2m 4f handicap hurdle on day two at Perth.
Kildimo bears the name of a popular chaser from an earlier era and has been placed on all four starts this campaign. The six-year-old can hit the frame again in the 2m 4f handicap hurdle having been eased 2lb after failing to justify favouritism at Hexham. Tom Lacey’s recent Chepstow winner Quick Draw id worth a market watch.