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Secret can be telling in Nursery

LICHFIELD trainer Ed McMahon can maintain his consistent run of form by saddling Secretinthepark to victory at Warwick.

MCMAHON'S horses are in fine fettle - a point illustrated by Winning Express’ promising second in the Cheveley Park at Newmarket - and this youngster can keep the ball rolling.

Secretinthepark was a course-and-distance winner on his debut in August, defeating subsequent scorer Darkening by a neck. Although he was probably a little fortunate that day the form has a nice feel to it.

This chestnut son of Sakhee’s Secret enjoys a bit of cut in the ground so McMahon will be satisfied there is more rain forecast.

Connections can be rewarded for their tender handling of this juvenile by preserving his unbeaten record in the Betfair-sponsored nursery over seven furlongs.

It should also pay to keep Symphony Star on-side ahead of her return to Southwell. The Paul d’Arcy-trained three-year-old has finished second on her last two visits to the Nottinghamshire circuit, which bodes particularly well for the second division of the 32Red Supporting British Racing Handicap.

D’Arcy’s filly did not look that happy on her final start towards the end of July, but stayed on with some earnest to get to within one and a half lengths of surprise winner Applaude.

Although that form does not look that great, she has less on her plate here after a solid second at Chester last month to indicate his time might finally be near after a long losing streak which stretches back to December 2010 at Wolverhampton, despite being a little naive at times behind Indepub.

With that rival having since won in some style at Perth, the form needs little advertising as Sky Calling had the race in the bag before falling at the last.

That said, the handicapper has seemingly factored Sky Calling's mishap into his revised rating of 112, which could be on the lenient side.


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