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No No Charlie not to be sniffed at first time up; TRADING POST.

Byline: Graeme Rodway

TODAY'S POINTERS Sovereign Spirit 4.30 Fontwell The nine-year-old is a three-time winner over today's course and distance and has traded at bigger than his starting price in running en route to all three of those victories, defying highs of 5.3 (SP 7-2), 46 (8-1) and 5 (4-5).

Michael Blake's gelding likes to make the running but usually hits a flat spot before rallying. He's a genuine sort who keeps finding for pressure and usually relishes the uphill climb to the finish at this course.

Punters shouldn't be afraid to hit the back button if he looks in trouble as he is just the type to offer value in running. Come On Blue Chip 5.20 Newmarket Paul D'Arcy's gelding showed little on his first six starts but has improved rapidly since being united with Paul Hanagan on the all-weather at Wolverhampton, scoring wide-margin back-to-back victories in nurseries.

While a 10lb higher mark will ask more of him, I wouldn't rule out further improvement judging by the manner of his wins, especially as this stiffer track should suit him better.

No No Charlie 5.30 Worcester Charlie Longsdon has an impressive 17 per cent strike-rate with his bumper debutants but that increases to 67 per cent (2-3) when considering only those at Worcester.

That suggests his No No Charlie should be given maximum respect and the EUR20,000 purchase makes plenty of appeal on pedigree as a half-brother to dual bumper winner Dingat.

Keep an eye on him in the market as both of the stable's winning debutants at the course were well backed and it could be worth following any gamble that materialises.

Isleman 9.20 Kempton Eddie Ahern has ridden five winners from 20 mounts for Heather Main this season and it looks significant that he makes the trip to Kempton for just one ride aboard the Main-trained Islesman in the finale.

The three-year-old finished a 29-length last at Ascot on his most recent start, but presumably something was amiss as he's been on the sidelines since that run in July.

With his best form coming on Polytrack he is probably better judged on his narrow victory over tonight's rival Loyalty over course and distance in June. A reproduction of that would give him strong claims and the booking of Ahern suggests he should be fully wound up.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 19, 2011
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