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Alarm Bell rings for rivals; Star trainer set for more success with L'Enchanteresse.


MICHAEL BELL has enjoyed a stellar year thanks to the exploits of Sariska and can score with another decent filly in L'Enchanteresse at Chepstow.

The Newmarket handler thinks a fair bit of this juvenile, who has already shown enough in two starts to date to suggest she is well up to winning a race of the nature of the Lindley Catering Median Auction Maiden Fillies' Stakes (2.40).

Having finished third on her debut, form which was boosted the other day by Water Biscuit's success at Goodwood, she was unfortunate to bump into a tartar on her next start.

Prominent throughout in a sixfurlong maiden at York, she was no match for Rodrigo De Torres, who looks booked for Pattern races.

There was no disgrace in that and this drop down to five furlongs should not be an inconvenience as she is by Nunthorpe winner Kyllachy.

Bell gave her an entry in the Cheveley Park Stakes and while that may be aiming a bit high, it goes to show the regard in which she is held.

Another off-spring of Kyllachy, Ejaab, rates the pick in the Lindley Catering Nursery (3.10).

William Haggas' juvenile finished a modest fourth of six on his racecourse bow, but stepped up on that to win at Catterick next time.

While that form is not particularly strong, he showed a willing attitude to prevail and more importantly an ability to handle soft conditions, which after all the recent rain will be a must.

Haggas can double up with the unexposed Penitent in the West Coast Markets Handicap (4.40).

Second on debut at Doncaster, he made no mistake next time at Newmarket, pulling well clear of the chasing pack.

The handicapper has rated him 84 on the back of those two efforts and that gives him plenty of scope to improve.

The step back up to seven furlongs can see John Quinn's Bonfire Knight notch up his first win in Catterick's Weatherbys Bank Maiden Stakes (2.50).

Second to Coloursoftheglen over that trip on debut at Wolverhampton he found things happening a bit quick over six at Pontefract despite staying on into third.

There is plenty of stamina in his pedigree and he coped with soft ground last time.

Howard Johnson has snapped up the services of classy apprentice jockey Freddie Tylicki for

Stonehaugh in the Horserace Betting Levy Board Claiming Stakes (4.20) and his 3lb allowance should come in handy.

Tomorrow's meeting is Catterick's annual Family Day, with a variety of attractions in the course enclosure.

They include a Punch and Judy show, roving clown, face-painting, a roundabout and a bouncy castle. There are also vouchers for free icecreams while stocks last.

The eight-race programme begins at 2.20 and the giant screen will be in use, enabling racegoers to see all of the action on the track.

Olivino has struck up a great rapport with Isabel Tompsett and another big run looks assured in the Famous Grouse Handicap Hurdle (2.30) at Newtom.

The eight-year-old has shot up the ratings as a result of his purple patch but seems to still be improving and may not have stopped yet.

Tomorrow's tips CATTERICK: GAZETTE BET: 3.20 Harry The Hawk. NAOMI MATTHEW: 2.20 Dream In Blue, 2.50 Bonfire Knight (nb), 3.20 Bergonzi, 3.50 Real Diamond, 4.20 Stonehaugh, 4.50 Realism, 5.20 More Tea Vicar, 5.50 Toy Top.

CHEPSTOW: GAZETTE BET: 4.40 Guilded Warrior. NAOMI MATTHEW: 2.10 Little Sark, 2.40 L'Enchanteresse (nap), 3.10 Ejaab, 3.40 New Star, 4.10 Respite, 4.40 Penitent, 5.10 Primaeval, 5.40 Lordship.

NEWTON ABBOT: GAZETTE BET: 3.30 Midnight Gold. NAOMI MATTHEW: 2.30 Olivino, 3.00 Roznic, 3.30 I Hear Thunder, 4.00 Danetime Panther, 4.30 Pure Magic, 5.00 Mylo.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 3, 2009
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