Friday 22 September 2017

Tate filly l'avenue ready to make step up

THE James Tate-trained L'Avenue holds a leading chance in the 32Red.com Maiden Stakes at Wolverhampton, writes Nick Grant.

The filly looked badly in need of the experience on debut over course and distance last month before getting the hang of things and staying on well enough to take second, miles clear of the third.

The form is not desperate, with the winner running a reasonable third in a handicap off 68 subsequently, and she showed she acts on the surface.

Graham Lee is a good booking and just average progress should see the daughter of Champs Elysees involved again.

Spreadable makes some appeal in the 32Red Casino Handicap. Nick Littmoden reverts to sprinting with this Duke Of Marmalade gelding. The last two times over seven furlongs here, nothing has been going better two out, but for whatever reason he has not got his head in front.

Best bet at Lingfield looks to be Jo Crowley's The Holyman in the 32Red Handicap. The six-year-old is on a mark just 1lb higher than when last successful on the Polytrack here. Having not been seen since August, fitness has to be taken on trust but Adam Kirby takes the ride for the first time and that shows the right sort of intention.

Bretherton can break his duck at the fourth time of asking in the Best Odds At bookmakers.co.uk Maiden Stakes. The three-year-old has been progressing with racing and put in his best effort yet when just failing at Wolverhampton.

This looked like being quite a warm heat at the five-day stage but it has cut up and the Richard Fahey runner will not get many better chances to start repaying his price.

Venetia Williams has her string in fantastic form and can add to her tally with Saroque, which lines up in the SIS Live Novices' Limited Handicap Chase at Plumpton, while The Follow At Timeform1948 On Twitter Handicap Hurdle looks a great opportunity for Jeremy Scott's improving mare Night Of Passion to seal a third successive win.

Irish Independent

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