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Berriedale expected to bounce back on favoured fast ground.

Nap of the day Berriedale 8.40 Musselburgh A 29-length beating at Hamilton (the reopposing Amazing King finished second) six days ago takes some explaining, but the fact trainer Ann Duffield has her out again so quickly makes me think the easy ground was against the filly that day (an earlier flop on Fibresand suggests as much).

Before Hamilton, the daughter of Fraam had looked fairly progressive, scoring in determined style at Beverley and then running into a wall of horses turning into the straight at Pontefract, but for which she would have finished considerably closer to the winner Sparkaway, who boosted the form when following up next time.

Both those starts came on fast ground, which is what the going is forecast to be tonight, and I'm expecting her to bounce back to form with her ideal conditions on a 1lb lower mark than at Pontefract.

Lay of the day Rescent 4.10 Lingfield Belied her 50-1 odds when finishing with a flourish to take second in a Yarmouth seller on her debut. That was some effort considering most of her rivals had previous racecourse experience. However, Rae Guest's filly took almost five of the six furlongs to warm to her task that day and that is something she can ill afford to do at this track. If the daughter of Reset fluffs the start again, she's going to have a tough task on her hands making up the ground here.

Stall nine of nine creates its own problem, too.

The bare form of that Yarmouth race is hardly earth-shattering, and in Ramamara (my idea of the winner) and Precious Coral, she's facing a couple of rivals dropping significantly in class.

Best each-way Baby Josr 5.10 Lingfield Baby Josr has failed to trouble the judge in his last four starts, but they were all on turf and, judged on his career as a whole, Ian Wood's three-year-old is better suited to today's Polytrack, a surface on which his form figures read 0313.

The son of Josr Algarhoud has yet to race over 7f on the all-weather, but I can see him improving for the trip as he needed every yard of 6f to score at Wolverhampton in March and was staying on over the same course and distance next time. Interestingly, the pick of his turf form this season came over today's distance, too.

There are some big stables represented here by lightly raced sorts who are likely to be popular in the market, but they still have it to prove and should help us get a price well into double figures about Baby Josr.

Today's multiple Each-way double Baby Josr 5.10 Lingfield Berriedale 8.40 Musselburgh


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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 7, 2009
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