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Dream can be reality; RACING PREVIEW.

Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

DESTINYS DREAM can atone for a recent near-miss at Doncaster with a victory in Newcastle's Border Minstrel Re-Opening 14th May Handicap (2.30).

Tracy Waggott's mare, formerly trained by Ann Duffield, travelled like the best horse in the race on Town Moor last week but was beaten two heads into third.

Phillip Makin, who is back on board, oozed confidence travelling in behind the pack and it looked only a matter of when he decided to press the button.

The response was not immediate, but the five-year-old did eventually pick up.

However, she struggled to wear down Mark Johnston's Interdiamonds and eventually they were both beaten by the fastfinishing Carlton Scroop.

The handicapper has dropped her 1lb to 67, just 1lb lower than her last winning mark, and it looks like she is not far off going in again.

This contest does not look as competitive as the last one and, given a trouble-free run, she should be bang there at the finish.

Michael Jarvis has a good strikerate at Gosforth Park so it has to be of some interest that he sends Kronful on the long journey north for the PFS And Direct Technology Maiden Fillies' Stakes (3.40).

A daughter of Singspiel, she was always going to need middle distances so it was pleasing to see her run so well on her debut over seven furlongs last term.

The female side of her family is loaded with stamina so her third place at Beverley was full of promise.

On her seasonal reappearance over 10 furlongs she took part in what could turn out to be a hot Newbury maiden.

The winner, Marcus Tregoning's Heddwyn, really could be anything and Henry Cecil thinks a fair bit of the runner-up, Protaras.

Kronful finished a close-up fourth against the boys so a northern maiden would look a formality, especially with Frankie Dettori in the plate.

On a tricky-looking card at Bath, Paul Cole's Desert Strike could be the answer in the Elite Telecom Handicap (5.30).

Second at Nottingham last week, it could just be his turn again.

Johnston's Concurrence is a tentative suggestion in the catterickbridge.co.uk Handicap (8.00) at the North Yorkshire venue.

Arguably one of the best-bred horses in training, being by Elusive Quality and out of the brilliant Oaks and Irish Derby winner Balanchine, he must be a good deal better than he showed on his debut.

He could only finish eighth of 10 at Lingfield but, to be fair, he was not beaten too far at all.

Most of his rivals look fairly exposed and he would not have to improve greatly to get involved.

At Exeter Karanja can defy top weight in the Peter Hahn Cashmere Classic Handicap Hurdle (6.50), while King Ar Aghaidh should win Fakenham's At The Races Novices' Chase (3.50).

Tomorrow's tips BATH: GAZETTE BET: 5.00 Wightgold. NAOMI MATTHEW: 2.30 Ivan's A Star, 3.00 Stunning In Purple, 3.30 Baoli, 4.00 Red Army, 4.30 Evening Sunset, 5.00 Callisto Moon, 5.30 Desert Strike.

CATTERICK: GAZETTE BET: 7.00 Cornus. NAOMI MATTHEW: 6.00 First Class Favour, 6.30 Slip, 7.00 Ezdeyaad, 7.30 Sendali, 8.00 Concurrence (nb), 8.30 Baybshambles.

EXETER: GAZETTE BET: 6.50 Valento. NAOMI MATTHEW: 5.50 Spent, 6.20 Coach Lane, 6.50 Karanja, 7.20 Montana Gold, 7.50 Brook Castle, 8.20 Waarid.

FAKENHAM: GAZETTE BET: 3.50 The Ferbane Man. NAOMI MATTHEW: 2.20 Kanad, 2.50 Donald Will Do, 3.20 Oedipe, 3.50 King Ar Aghaidh, 4.20 Jumbul Sale, 4.50 Another Storm.

NEWCASTLE: GAZETTE BET: 2.10 Unknown Rebel. NAOMI MATTHEW: 2.10 Premier Clarets, 2.30 Destinys Dream (nap), 3.10 Inter Vision, 3.40 Kronful, 4.10 Take My Hand, 4.40 Sharp Eclipse, 5.10 Eye For The Girls, 5.40 Fulford.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 3, 2010
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