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Byline: ARGUS

HAAF A SIXPENCE can defy a minor rise in the weights and complete a quickfire double in the Yeongcheon City Racing Handicap at Kempton.

The four-year-old missed much of 2012 after a nasty incident at Salisbury in May, when he clipped heels and fell in a sevenfurlong event.

Ralph Beckett gave him plenty of time to get over that unexpected tumble and the Haafhd gelding did not reappear until lining up at this track last month.

Haaf A Sixpence proved pretty keen that day and paid for his early exuberance when edged out in the finish, claiming a creditable third after such a lengthy lay-off.

That run obviously brought about plenty of improvement though and there was much to like about his all-the-way success at Lingfield at the start of the month. He was well supported for what was a fair event and duly obliged, possibly a little cosily, by half a length.

A 3lb rise for that victory looks fair enough and as a horse with relatively few miles on the clock, Haaf A Sixpence could have a little something in hand.

On The Hoof has certainly been earning his oats this winter with a string of consistent efforts and can be followed in the Win Big With Betdaq Multiples Handicap.

Mick Easterby has campaigned the four-year-old exclusively at Wolverhampton this winter but he travels the extra distance south for this 10-furlong heat.

Three times a winner at Wolverhampton in December, On The Hoof jumped from a starting mark of 63 to a high of 75 but after three defeats on that rating, the handicapper has relented a pound.

He has not been disgraced in any of those losses and seems to have struck up a good rapport with apprentice Matthew Hopkins.

Prophets Pride is the choice in the Kempton For Weddings Handicap after impressing when scoring a first victory at Wolverhampton last month.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 30, 2013
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