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Fizzbomb can stoop to conquer at Catterick.

Byline: By Stable Boy

Mister Fizzbomb is no world-beater but John Wainwright's charge is a useful tool at the right level and can strike at Catterick.

He has run two perfectly admirable races the last twice and makes huge appeal as he steps down in grade to contest the Stockton Handicap.

Not only is this race officially of a lower standard than he has been used to tackling, but the opposition looks to provide very few credible threats.

Hotham has been running nicely into form and looks poised to register a fourth career victory when he takes in the Telephone 01748 810165 For Raceday Hospitality Handicap.

Trained locally by shrewd handler Noel Wilson, this consistent sprinter was unlucky not to hit the target last time when he was worn down close home in a 19-runner heat at York.

Big-field handicaps always take plenty of winning at the Knavesmire so Hotham's valiant effort in defeat reads extremely well in the context of this particular event.

There are at least a couple of decent yardsticks in against him but there can be no denying this is a less competitive race that ought to go his way if he turns up in the same mood.

He has been upped 3lb in the weights for his recent third but that should make no discernible difference to his chance, with an easy six furlongs probably now ideal.

Chepstow's card is of low quality but Greenwich Village is worth a little interest in the John Smith's Extra Smooth Handicap.

Up-and-coming trainer William Knight has seen this one run two decent races the last twice and he must surely go close again if able to reproduce his recent form.

Sacred Flame is up against a field of largely exposed horses in the Digibet Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Kempton and should be backed to get off the mark for Brian Meehan.

There was plenty to like about her sole effort to date when she finished an encouraging fifth behind the highly-touted Ghaidaa at Newbury.

That one has subsequently disappointed but the form still looks stronger than many of Sacred Flame's rivals and further progress is virtually guaranteed.

Also worth a brief mention is the Stuart Williams-trained South Wales, who runs in the "Best Of British Night" Next Wednesday Handicap.

Any money for this lightly-raced and improving youngster would be telling as he steps up in trip for a handler that does especially well with similar types.

Leamington Lad came close at Towcester and should make no mistake in the Winterfold House Conditional Jockeys' Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Worcester.

Lethem Present is expected to give another very bold account in the Horserace Betting Levy Board Handicap Chase at Perth.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 2, 2008
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