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Horse Racing: Better going to suit Boomshakalaka; TRADING POST.

Byline: Matt Williams

Mark The Book

2.10 Newbury


Yet to race on ground faster than soft and last two wins have been achieved in really testing conditions. I wouldn't bank on him handling the much quicker going this afternoon

You could say he's been winning in much weaker company, and he'll have to be some tool to beat the likes of Master Eddy and Double Dizzy without coming off the bridle

Penalties are beginning to stack up. Besides the fact he's conceding upwards of 6lb to his rivals, there are doubts about his ability to lump 12st around on what could be unfavourable going

Looks like a relentless galloper and I'd hate to see him being allowed to bully the rest from the front while dictating his own gallop - that could mean curtains for us layers

Philip Hobbs has got a great chasing prospect on his hands in the shape of Mark The Book, but there are possible flaws in his chances this afternoon, starting with the good ground, as he has yet to race on going as quick as this. I wouldn't want to be backing him at the forecast odds, shouldering a monster weight.


2.40 Newbury


Got bogged down in heavy ground at Chepstow last month, disappointing his odds-on backers in the process, but should be suited by the forecast good ground today and it could pay to give him another chance

Picked up in the style of a smart horse on his bumper debut back in 2005 and proved he retains all of his old ability with a staying-on fifth in a good bumper here in December. He remains a promising hurdler/chaser in the making

Raced exclusively over an extended 2m so far and the step up to 2m5f is going to play to his strengths, as he has shaped like he's been crying out for a stiffer test of stamina

I don't think he's blessed with a brilliant turn of foot and he can take time to warm up in his races. However, he is expected to respond to Mick Fitzgerald's urgings on this decent ground and in-running punters shouldn't give up hope once maximum pressure is applied

Boomshakalaka shouldn't be judged on what was a below-par effort at Chepstow last time, as every horse is entitled to disappoint around there on heavy ground and the form isn't usually worth the paper it's written on. He showed enough in previous outings to suggest a novice hurdle should be a formality and, back on a suitable surface, this could be his day.


3.40 Lingfield


Cost a packet and definitely has a race in him judging by his fast-finishing second over today 's course and distance a couple of weeks ago. Beaten by an above-average type that day, he left me with the feeling that I'd rather own him than the winner. His rating of 70 first time up in a handicap is probably on the lenient side

Weak and inexperienced last season and trainer wouldn't have had him 100 per cent for his recent reappearance. Sure to strip fitter this time, though, and fitness won't be used as an excuse if he gets turned over

Bred to appreciate further and just a slight doubt about whether or not he's got the gears for this Tetouan took a while to find his stride last time and he's sure to know a lot more about his job now. I expect him to travel much more kindly for Steve Drowne as a result. Having said that, he is going to appreciate a stiffer test of stamina in time, and in-running punters shouldn't give up on him if Drowne is busy rounding the home turn, as he's the type to keep finding for pressure, especially over this trip of 7f.


Master Eddy is capable of giving the hat-trick seeking Mark The Book plenty to think about in the 2.10 at Newbury this afternoon EDWARD WHITAKER
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2007
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