Horse Racing: Count on Gosden Ace.
TRANSCEND has hitherto failed to live up to his big-money price-tag but victory surely awaits in the Wood BMW Handicap at Salisbury.
The Beat Hollow colt cost 190,000 guineas but has managed to pay back only a tiny fraction of that money in an eight-race career that has yielded just one win.
However, trainer John Gosden's decision to add cheek-pieces last time certainly seemed to pay dividends as Transcend only narrowly failed to bag a sevenfurlong event at Newmarket.
If performing up to that mark again, Transcend would definitely be one for the shortlist.
Berbice has been knocking on the door in some good-quality contests this term but his time can come at the Wiltshire track.
Richard Hannon's charge has been plying his trade against some very useful types but the Smith & Williamson Conditions Stakes looks an easier opportunity on paper.
The Acclamation colt won once earlier in the season but fell just short of the mark in Group Two company last time, going down by a length when third to Dark Angel in the Mill Reef Stakes.
Berbice also lost to that rival in a richly-endowed sales race at York the time before, finishing a close fourth in what is always a hot event.
Last year's winner, Dubai Builder, boasted a similar profile to this runner and it would be no surprise to see Berbice notch a confidenceboosting win.
Mystical Ayr found only stablemate Neil's Legacy too good last time but compensation awaits in Newcastle's Betfred Handicap.
This game five-year-old has given Linda Perratt plenty to cheer about this term, turning in a string of consistent efforts at the end of what has been a busy campaign.
Mystical Ayr was last seen when a length second at Hamilton and in a race that is not particularly full of quality, you are guaranteed a good run for your money with this mare.
Burn The Breeze can use her previous experience to the full in Nottingham's EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Henry Cecil's runner lines up in the first division of the mile contest and is fancied to build on a couple of promising efforts.
She was not given a hard time when beaten on her debut at Newmarket and shaped with real promise when still very green at Leicester last month.
This Beat Hollowfilly looks one to make a better three-year-old but this event should be within her compass.
Spritza is no star but Michael Bell could have her placed to good advantage in Kempton's TFM Networks Handicap.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Oct 3, 2007|
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