Thursday 22 March 2018

Seeking glory has magic's number


Tomorrow's all-weather card at Kempton is notable for little else other than the continued industry heave to get Tony McCoy elected as the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year later in the evening.

In the absence of any sponsor, all six races on the programme are being run under the 'Vote AP' banner.

The fourth of those, a seven-furlong nursery, features a number of ordinary juveniles that have been running well, including the last-time-out winner Magic Of The Sea. That one, comfortably successful at Wolverhampton in November, will probably start a short-priced favourite.

However, on the basis that his form has not stood up in the interim and he is 8lb higher here, Magic Of The Sea is opposable. The top-weighted Seeking Glory is the horse to beat him.

Representing Ed Dunlop and Dane O'Neill, both of whom have above-average strike-rates at the course, Seeking Glory has run five times since September.

While he showed little on his debut, he has progressed with every run since, culminating in a fine effort to be second at Lingfield three weeks ago.

The handicapper was suitably impressed to put the King's Best colt up 3lb for that, and he remains an attractive proposition off his new mark in such a weak contest.

If Seeking Glory continues to improve at the rate he has been doing, he will push the favourite all the way.

Closer to home, Thurles appears to still have some chance of going ahead tomorrow.

The INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle looks tricky, but there isn't too much strength in depth, and it may be a good opportunity for Grancore Girl to finally fulfil the potential that she showed when winning two bumpers in March 2008.

The Flemensfirth mare missed the following season but, by and large, she has been running consistently over hurdles since returning.

Her most recent effort, third behind the smart Sizing Mexico at Thurles when stepped up to today's two miles and six furlongs, was probably her best yet.

A reproduction of that might be enough now.

Irish Independent

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