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Abbaye target again for Peace Offering; NOTTINGHAM.

Byline: by Neil Morrice

PEACE OFFERING stated his case for the big sprints in the final third of the season when gaining a second career victory in the conditions race for Dandy Nicholls and his son Adrian.

Successful in the contest in 2006 and running off the back of an all-the-way triumph in a Newmarket handicap, the top weight set out to repeat those tactics and never looked like being caught.

At the post the combination were two and a half lengths clear of Chief Editor, with Befortyfour a short head back in third.

Adrain Nicholls praised his mount, who could well step back into Pattern company. He said: "They seemed to hang around so I decided to take advantage of the situation and kick on.

"He's quick and I got a great jump. I had the confidence because I know he goes on the ground."

Of possible plans for the 13-2 winner, Nicholls added: "With his penalty I'd imagine he could run in Group races. He went for the Abbaye last year and could do that again, although much will depend on what Lady O'Reilly owner wants to do."

Equuleus Pictor, the 9-4 market leader, made short work of his rivals in the sprint handicap and his trainer John Spearing might well consider trying to strike again while the iron is hot.

Jack Dean made most of the running on the winner and Spearing said: "I told him to make sure he got to the front soon after the start. He's in at Bath on Saturday and Windsor on Monday, but we'll have to see how he comes out of it."

Tom Dascombe saddled a first winner at Nottingham when Shadow Bay and Richard Kingscote came home by a length and three-quarters from Happy Anniversary in the nursery.

The 9-4 winner was having a first outing for the Lambourn trainer since being claimed out of a seller at Ripon.

Jamie Spencer paid a price for his success on Michael Bell's The Betchworth Kid in the stayers' handicap, the jockey receiving a two-day ban (Aug 26-27) for using his whip with excessive force.

Star performance

Peace Offering blitzed his rivals in the conditions race and looks set fair for a productive end-of-season campaign for trainer Dandy Nicholls.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 13, 2008
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