Sunday 17 December 2017

Bishan out to put rivals in a spin

Bishan Bedi
Bishan Bedi

Bishan Bedi has caught the eye for varying reasons at Dundalk over the past few weeks and the Aidan O'Brien-trained gelding may return to the winner's enclosure on the Polytrack this Friday.

The Intikhab gelding was purchased for £5,500 at Doncaster last autumn and that looked a real bargain after he made a mockery of a rating of 65 on his first start for the Ballydoyle handler last month.

The four-year-old cut through the field in the style of a handicap snip, and not surprisingly the assessor took a dim view with a 14lb hike.

Donnacha O'Brien was again in the saddle when biding for a quick follow-up last Friday but everything went wrong for the teenager as one door after another closed in the straight.

Despite a nightmare passage he was still only beaten about a length by The Dancing Lord and, if still in the same form and enjoying any normal luck in running, rates a strong fancy to make amends in the Floodlit Friday Nights Handicap.

Mark Loughnane travels over with a couple of challengers from his Staffordshire base including taking on Bishan Bedi with For Shia And Lula in the mile handicap.

Coillte Cailin also represents Loughnane in the featured Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap.

However, the recent Wolverhampton winner is up against it with the progressive Sharjah on a four-timer after a recent run of success under Donnacha O'Brien.

Donnacha's sister Ana also has strong claims on Song Of Love in the Elusive Pimpernel Maiden, while Majestic Timeline could prove the answer to the opening sprint handicap.

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