Horse Racing: Intabih set to light up Wolverhampton.
Clive Brittain's charge is taking a leap in class in the Wolverhampton Holiday Inn Handicap, but he is in excellent form as he seeks a hat-trick.
The More Than Ready colt did not show his best in three turf starts but, switched to the all-weather, he has really started to come alive.
Two placed efforts at Great Leighs were quickly followed by a course-and-distance win at Dunstall Park, scoring in striking style in what was a weak event.
However, Intabih made it a double under a penalty at Great Leighs late last month and, although he has been raised 6lb for those victories, he is obviously just finding his stride.
Mambo Spirit was a bit unlucky at Lingfield last time, but can make amends in the Hotel & Conferencing At Wolverhampton Handicap.
He had not enjoyed the luck of the draw at Chester previously, so when he failed to get a run over a furlong out at Lingfield, trainer James Given must have been ruing his misfortune.
Mambo Spirit kept on well enough and only went down by a length, so another good show is anticipated.
Hometown was unfortunate to run into a fair filly at Yarmouth in Bombina, but she should be up to the task in Southwell's Play Golf At Southwell Golf Club Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Related to some quite decent types, Hometown failed to show much on her racecourse bow before stepping up to the mark to finish second last time.
She is evidently still learning and John Gosden has found a good opportunity for a confidence boost.
Kempton have some quality jumps action on offer, with the lightly-raced Brenin Cwmtudu the choice in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle.
The five-year-old has just nine starts to his name and he looked a progressive type when winning on his handicap bow at Chepstow last week.
Trainer Evan Williams is obviously keen to strike while the iron is hot with this one and it would be no surprise to see him oblige again under a 6lb penalty.
Gwanako can pick up where he left off last term in the kempton.co.uk Graduation Chase.
The five-year-old put up an amazing performance to win the Topham Chase at Aintree, negotiating the notorious Grand National fences despite having just three previous chase starts.
That was his first win over the bigger obstacles and he is one with bags of untapped ability.
Saunders Road made a satisfactory seasonal bow at Aintree and should be primed for Bangor's feature event, the Anne Duchess of Westminster Memorial Handicap Chase. Although beaten some way, Saunders Road should improve for the outing.
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Nov 11, 2008|
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