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Pictor can capitalise on conditions; in association with Pagebet Saraband.

EQUULEUS Pictor can make the most of the ground and notch up his hat-trick in the Clive Parker 50th Birthday Handicap at Folkestone today.

The four-year-old scored a double during another wet spell last month and the rain has inspired John Spearing to take the wraps off once more.

Equuleus Pictor is nothing if not consistent and after an early-season win and a string of placed performances he gained just reward when triumphing over five furlongs at Nottingham. Spearing ran him six days later at Windsor and he won, defying an 8lb rise.

With conditions back in his favour, Equuleus Pictor looks more than capable of dealing with another 4lb rise in the ratings.

Captain Ellis has hit the bar on two starts to date but his time can come in front in the second division of the Hythe Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Trainer Karl Burke has seen fit to give him a couple of Group One entries later in the year and although that looks to be flying a bit high, he has shown some promise on the track.

Captain Ellis gave the impression he should probably have won at York last time, idling after hitting the front and losing out by a head. If produced a little later, it would be no surprise to see Captain Ellis take honours.

River Captain is bred to appreciate ease in the ground, so is expected to go well in the Western Daily Press Nursery at Bath.

The Captain Rio colt failed to cut much ice on his first three trips to the track but soft ground and seven furlongs saw him come right at Salisbury.

River Captain looked as though he could handle a further step up in trip and with the ground likely to be testing, his stamina should come into play.

Witchry is evidently nowhere near as good as his five-time Group One winning dam Indian Skimmer, but he should have enough ability to take the SOS Legal Software Handicap while

Alvee will appreciate the step up in the Mitie Engineering Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

TODAY'S SARABAND SELECTIONS

BATH: 2.10 Twenty Score, 2.40 River Captain, 3.10 Mick Is Back, 3.40 Heroic Fool, 4.10 Alvee, 4.40 Witchry, 5.10 Bocciani.

FOLKESTONE: 2.20 Brazilian Art, 2.50 Captain Ellis, 3.20 Island Treasure, 3.50 Imperial Guest,

4.20 Equuleus Pictor (nap), 4.50 Red Lily, 5.20 Mr Hichens.

Double: Equuleus Pictor and Captain Ellis.

TODAY'S SARABAND SELECTIONS BATH: 2.10 Twenty Score, 2.40 River Captain, 3.10 Mick Is Back, 3.40 Heroic Fool, 4.10 Alvee, 4.40 Witchry, 5.10 Bocciani.

FOLKESTONE: 2.20 Brazilian Art, 2.50 Captain Ellis, 3.20 Island Treasure, 3.50 Imperial Guest, 4.20 Equuleus Pictor (nap), 4.50 Red Lily, 5.20 Mr Hichens.

Double: Equuleus Pictor and Captain Ellis.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 8, 2008
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