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Kirk to tuck into tupper.

Byline: Racing Preview

Sylvester Kirk notched a big-race success with Elhamri over the weekend but he can strike at a lower level with Alfie Tupper at Sandown tomorrow (7.05).

The three-year-old lines up for the Lord McGowan Handicap on the back of a good third on his seasonal bow at Newbury last month.

Alfie Tupper was having just his second career start having won a Warwick maiden as a juvenile and he ran well enough to suggest there is more to come.

He travelled well after pulling hard early on and threw down a strong challenge in the final furlong.

He was only just run out of it, and a smack across the head near the finish did not help, so it will be surprising if he does not step up on that.

At Catterick, Malapropism can score another win in the 5th Regiment Royal Artillery Handicap (3.20).

The six-year-old has bounced back to form of late and has subsequently run two fair races after notching victory at York earlier in the month.

Mick Channon has brought him out twice quickly after that and Malapropism has clearly thrived on the action and should not be discounted.

China Cherub looks a progressive type and will take a fair bit of beating in the European Breeders Fund Waterloo Fillies' Handicap at Leicester (8.20).

The Henry Candy-trained filly won a reasonable Lingfield maiden on her second start before coming off an unlucky second to Bakhoor last time.

China Cherub raced wide throughout that day which probably did not help her cause and she looks better than that two-length defeat.

Portmeirion seemed to appreciate a return to the all-weather last time and is expected to go a couple of places better in the Furlongs & Fairways Handicap at Lingfield (3.30).

After disappointing on turf at Nottingham, she hit the bar when a length and three-quarter third at Wolverhampton behind Harry Up.

Although the mare has yet to strike on the sand, her turn looks near.

Rushneeyriver has been making hay while the sun shines and can land a fourth win in the last two months with victory at Worcester (3.40).

The eight-year-old struck at Market Rasen and Newton Abbot last month before coming off second to Chockdee at Southwell.

He bounced back to form with a win at Uttoxeter last time, stepping up in grade and winning with a little more in hand than the official verdict of two lengths would suggest.

Rushneeyriver seems to relish the current quick conditions and should put up a good performance while in such good form.
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Title Annotation:Sport Racing
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2006
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