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Horse Racing: Centre to storm home.

Byline: BY ARGUS

ANDREW BALDING has made a superb start to 2006 and it could pay to stick with his Storm Centre in the Charlie Goldup Memorial Handicap at Folkestone today.

Balding sent out the useful Vanderlin to claim top honours on the opening day of the new Turf season last week and Storm Centre looks another to be going the right way.

This lightly-raced four-year-old is a son of Pivotal and that stallion's progeny often make good progress as they mature which offers every hope the gelding can improve on his two all-weather efforts this year.

Last seen just over three weeks ago when tackling a mile at Lingfield, he confirmed some of the promise he had shown in turf maidens last autumn, weaving through from the rear to grab third place.

A shorter trip could be ideal and, with further improvement likely, Storm Centre is fancied to open his account and maintain his trainer's excellent record.

In-form Shaunas Vision could be the one to beat in the 12-furlong Weatherbys Bank Fillies' Handicap.

A winner over seven furlongs at the beginning of her career, she has switched stables since last year and made an immediate impact on her first start for her new trainer.

Racing over this trip on the Polytrack at Lingfield, the seven-year-old took up the running at the two-furlong pole and soon had the race in safe keeping.

Still on an upward curve, the mare seems very capable of winning more races and she will be hard to beat.

Red Man has been unlucky not to score since switching to fences this season, but is fancied to earn a deserved victory in the Gosforth Decorating And Building Services Beginners' Chase at Sedgefield.

A winner twice over the smaller obstacles, the nine-year-old started his career over fences at Catterick in January and found just one too good in his first two outings - the latter coming at Sedgefield.

He has been on the floor in his last two races at Musselburgh and Carlisle, but if he puts in a clear round, he should open his account over the larger obstacles.

Blessed with stamina in abundance, Ocean Tide is fancied to secure a quick double over timber in the Sportsman Handicap Hurdle.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 28, 2006
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