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Saturday, January 12, 2002





KEY: C=Coral L=Ladbrokes T=Tote WH=William Hill

1) 2125-11 WAHIBA SANDS Martin Pipe 9-11-10 Tom Scudamore
Loves it at Ascot and has recorded four victories at the venue, including twice this season. On the first occasion, when in receipt of 20lb, he accounted for Best Mate over nearly two and a half miles and followed that by giving 6lb and a three-quarters-of-a-length beating to seasonal debutant Get Real over this trip, who he meets again today on the same terms. Should go well again although it is arguable that Get Real should reverse placings with him, given that last time he was returning after an eight-month break and a wind operation. Wahiba Sands is tough and the liking for the course will help. Would be shorter if Tony McCoy was up.

BP=4/1 T

2) 24224-2 GET REAL Nicky Henderson 11-11-04 Mick Fitzgerald
Can only go right-handed but very useful on his day and can gallop the field into the ground. Another Ascot specialist who has been successful four times at the track. Made an encouraging return to action when second to Wahiba Sands here in December after an eight-month layoff and a wind operation. Could be better for the race but is always vulnerable to a late challenge and does not represent value.

BP=7/2 C, L, T, WH

3) 63F-316 EXIT SWINGER Martin Pipe 7-11-03 Roddi Greene
Third in this race behind Function Dream and has had rather a stranger campaign since, running in races as varied as the Martell Grand National and the Ladbroke Hurdle here at Ascot last time out. Has gone up sharply in the weights for an easy chase success at Newbury this season and therefore has a tougher task here.

BP=13/2 C

4) 16-1213 REDEMPTION Paul Webber 7-11-03 Jimmy McCarthy
Won here at Ascot in November when triumphant under 11st 10lb in a lesser handicap over the course and distance. Just under six lengths behind Wahiba Sands and Get Real when upped in class last time out back at Ascot, although he did make a bad mistake at the second last that day. Meets those two rivals on the same terms again here and has to find something.

BP=7 C

5) 16127- DAVOSKI Venetia Williams 8-10-12 Brian Crowley
Has not been out since finishing seventh behind Function Dream in this contest last year. Had showed high-class form prior to that, winning a decent handicap at Cheltenham in December, 2000. He is lightly raced and could potentially have more improvement in him. Goes well when fresh and has won on his last two seasonal debuts but not in this sort of company.

BP=7 L

6)-2U137 KILLULTAGH STORM Willie Mullins IRE 8-10-09 Ruby Walsh
The sole Irish challenger from a yard whose British runners usually command respect. Beat the high-class Arctic Cooper and Knife Edge at Down Royal in November and ran very well when one-and-a-half lengths third behind Knife Edge at Naas later that month. Ran a strange race last time out at Leopardstown on December 27 behind Knife Edge when staying on late after being well behind for most of the race (made a bad mistake early on). Relatively inexperienced.

BP=8 L, WH

7) 32P1-65 WAVE ROCK Philip Hobbs 7-10-06b Rupert Wakley
He did stay on steadily in fifth here last time out behind Wahiba Sands, Get Real and Redemption after running over hurdles. Still young to show some improvement but this is a tough assignment.

BP=22 WH

8) 25-4111 TURGEONEV Tim Easterby 7-10-04 Richard McGrath
Has been going well this season after joining Tim Easterby from the now retired Micky Hammond with victories at Wetherby (twice, including the Castleford Chase) and Newcastle. Despite this he is still 5lb out of the handicap. Useful sort but this is a step up in class.

BP=5 T

A typically open renewal of this valuable limited handicap and the value is with WAHIBA SANDS with the others currently being pretenders.

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