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Imperial2: Is Pipe's Imperial Cup hotpot a good thing?; POSTMARK'S VERDICT.

Seebald looks to have been set a very stiff task in today's Sunderlands Imperial Cup and will need to improve significantly to justify favouritism.

Admittedly, he has won both his hurdles starts impressively and the level of his German Flat form (around the 100 mark) suggests he may well prove capable of returning a Postmark in excess of 150. However, on what he has achieved to date, he is not well handicapped.

The form of his latest Newbury win is nothing to write home about. Although the runner-up, Solo Mio, has gone on to show improved form off a stronger pace

over a longer trip, he cannot be taken as a sensible guide. The close-up fourth, Tarxien, did nothing for the form at Sandown yesterday, while the third, Rooster Booster, has been allocated a mark of only 116 at Chepstow (2.00) this afternoon. Moreover, the time was slow and Seebald has yet to prove himself in a strongly run hurdle.

Seebald is racing off a near-identical mark to that off which Blowing Wind initiated his Imperial Cup/County Hurdle double two years ago. While the latter looked a handicap snip that day, the handicapper looks to have taken no chances with Seebald.

However, it would be wrong to be critical of the assessor. Clearly, Seebald is potentially smart and could turn out to be well treated. But whether a twice-raced novice should be eligible is another matter.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Mason, Steve
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 11, 2000
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