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CHANGING THE GUARD (3.10) can march to victory in the 1m2f handicap at Pontefract today.

Richard Fahey's gelding is back to the mark off which he won a better-class handicap at York last year and has valid excuses for his three defeats this season.

In need of the run on his return from a 10-month absence at the York Dante meeting, the four-year-old was far from disgraced in finishing sixth in a red-hot handicap.

On his next start at Beverley he was unsuited by the stop-start pace dictated by the winner, who stole the race from the front, yet ran on well to be second.

Fahey took a chance by running him just five days later in the valuable Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar and the race probably came too soon, but he still ran creditably to finish sixth.

Freshened up by a threeweek break, Changing The Guard should be in prime shape to take advantage of his falling handicap mark in this lower-grade event.

Kings Destiny (3.40), unsuited by the undulations when unplaced at Epsom, is fancied to bounce back to winning form in the 1m4f Listed race.

The Michael Jarvistrained gelding is better judged on his seasonal debut win at Lingfield, which maintained the progress he showed in classy handicaps last year.


EXCUSES: Richard Fahey
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 20, 2010
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