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Kashmir to Peak at Ayr.

TalenTed dual-purpose runner Kashmir Peak lost little in defeat on his return from a break at Chester at the start of the month and he rates the one to beat in the Caledonia Best Handicap at ayr.

a winner on the level in Ireland when trained by Ger lyons, Kashmir Peak was snapped up late last year by Settrington handler John Quinn to pursue a juvenile hurdling campaign.

The four-year-old made a flying start to his career over timber, with a comfortable debut triumph at Market Rasen supplemented by success in the Grade Two Summit Juvenile Hurdle at doncaster.

He looked likely to complete the hat-trick until parting company with dougie Costello in Musselburgh''''s Scottish Triumph Hurdle, but although he headed to Cheltenham as a lively outsider for the Triumph itself, he could not cut the mustard, trailing home in 12th position.

With a hurdling mark in the 130s likely to make life tough for the youngster, it is no surprise Quinn decided to switch his charge back to the Flat on the Roodee last week and it almost came off.

Making his first competitive appearance in almost five months, Kashmir Peak looked to have been produced with a winning run, but was eventually beaten half a length by the in-form Zenafire.

He competes off the same mark of 78 in Scotland, should strip fitter for his recent outing and a drop to 10 furlongs from a mile and a half may see this strong-travelling gelding in an even better light.

newmarket handler Sir Mark Prescott has a decent strike-rate with the handful of runners he has sent to ayr in recent years and his Szabo''''s art is bound to be popular in the Coca-Cola Handicap. Unplaced in three maiden appearances over nine furlongs and shorter, the threeyear-old was well supported on her handicap debut at newcastle over a mile and a quarter and duly landed some hefty bets.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Aug 12, 2013
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