Persidha poised to hit mark

Tom Peacock

IT might not be as pleasant down at Brighton this week as during the August festival, but Gay Kelleway can return to the seaside course for another winner through Persidha.

The Newmarket trainer makes a week of it at the big meeting of the year, managing two Brighton winners so far this season, and Persidha looks another one waiting to happen.

TRUE TO FORM shoulders a 6lb penalty in the Ricky Hatton Here 9th November Handicap, but that sill leaves him feasibly handicapped on the back of a gambled-on success at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

The former Mark Prescott-trained four-year-old has an excellent wins-to-runs ratio, and his latest effort was by some way his best for new trainer George Baker.

METHAYEL is another out to defy a penalty, this time for a course-and-distance success last Thursday. That was the Clive Brittain-trained filly's second start in a handicap and she clearly relished the step back up in trip to win narrowly.

Still relatively unexposed, she appears best on a sound surface so would not want a deluge of rain.

GUAVA merits an interest in the Frosts Fireworks Here 4th November Nursery. The Richard Hannon-trained filly just failed in her attempt to back up a Nottingham win at the start of the month, when going down by half a length at Kempton last week.

That run strongly hinted that a shot at this almost furlong-longer trip would be well worth a try.

STATE SENATOR looks to have an obvious Prescott profile to him in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Handicap at Wolverhampton.

Quietly progressive in three runs so far, the three-year-old steps up the best part of two-and-a-half furlongs for his handicap debut.

The jumps season is really starting to get into full swing and the show stops off at Carlisle for an interesting afternoon of action.

Certainly Tom George's SIVOLA DE SIVOLA should be in for a rewarding campaign and he will take a fair bit of stopping in the Conferences At Carlisle Racecourse Novices' Hurdle.

It would be advisable not to ignore Venetia Williams' raid from Herefordshire and CREDIT SWAP should certainly be feared in the Watch Racing UK On Sky 432 Intermediate Handicap Hurdle.

He showed some promise in a run at Goodwood last month and might show more in handicaps.

MR BACHSTER is bred to go over fences rather than hurdles and it is interesting the shrewd Victor Dartnall elects to pitch him straight into the Christmas Fair On 15 November Handicap Chase at Ludlow.

Although not exactly impressive on his return at Exeter, he should be far sharper for the run.