Saturday 1 October 2016

King Leon ready to rock

Anita Chambers

Published 03/07/2016 | 02:30

King Leon now officially in the care of Joseph O’Brien. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
King Leon now officially in the care of Joseph O’Brien. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

King Leon looks the one for the Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase at Limerick. Now officially in the care of Joseph O'Brien, the seven-year-old showed the right sort of attitude to win at Ballinrobe - a track he likes - at the end of May on what was his first outing since November.

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With improvement expected fitness-wise from that, and with a similar sort of front-running ride from Barry Geraghty taking over from Mark Walsh, he can defy a 7lb rise in the weights.

Elsewhere, Spring Offensive can make a late bid to book a ticket for the John Smith's Cup at York with victory at Ayr. Richard Fahey's charge lines up in the totepool Supporting Scottish Racing Handicap and will be seeking to put a nightmare run at Epsom well behind him.

Clearly, that race is not a true reflection of his ability and it might well pay to judge Spring Offensive on his previous effort, when he landed a competitive event at Ripon off a mark of 88. The handicapper put him up to 91 after that run, but his luckless effort at Epsom has at least seen him relieved of 1lb and Spring Offensive is certainly one for the shortlist.

Jumps action is on offer at Market Rasen and Impulsive American makes plenty of interest in the mannybernstein.co.uk Novices' Chase. The four-year-old has won three of his last four starts over hurdles and boasts a rating of 128, which is none too shabby, but does make him tricky to place.

Hence David Pipe's decision to switch to fences appears to be a smart choice as his hurdling has been neat enough without being spectacular.

Only For Love is another horse on a roll and can bring up her four-timer in the Manny Bernstein Novices' Hurdle. She has not been winning the most competitive events at Uttoxeter and Worcester, but she could do little more than beat what is put in front of her and summer ground clearly suits.

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