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Protractor can blaze to victory with handicap success at Kempton.

PROTRACTOR should have all angles covered as he lines up in the Silver Blaze Wessex Cup Handicap at Kempton.

Barry Hills' charge is a well-bred individual, but he has seen little racing for a three-year-old, with this being just his third visit to the racetrack.

The Galileo colt made an excellent start to his racing career when claiming an admittedly average maiden at Lingfield on his debut in March, paying back a tiny fraction of his 150,000 guineas purchase price.

He then made the switch to handicap company in a modest Newmarket heat which saw him finish fifth after starting to really feel the pressure two furlongs out.

Protractor was beaten just over two lengths which was still a creditable run, particularly as he still looked to have a little bit of scope.

The handicapper has dropped him 1lb for that outing and, while that is unlikely to make much difference here, the 7lb taken off by his useful claimer puts him right in the frame.

King Ferdinand can make it a course-and-distance double in the Exchange Price Multiples Handicap.

Andrew Balding's charge struck gold at the track last week when easily accounting for Hoover, with the course particularly looking to suit him.

Previously a winner over six furlongs at Chester, King Ferdinand had plenty in hand at the line and Balding is evidently keen to make hay under a 6lb penalty, rather than wait for the handicapper to reassess his runner.

TODAY'S TIPS BATH: 2.10 Bateleur, 2.40 Thirsty Bear, 3.10 Yasmeena, 3.40 Chester Deelyte, 4.10 Sunny Future, 4.40 Miss Blink, 5.10 Treasure Way.

CATTERICK: 2.20 Justine Time, 2.50 Finefrenzyrolling, 3.20 Los Nadis, 3.50 Fast Shot, 4.20 Northern Flyer, 4.50 Viking Warrior, 5.20 Memory Lane.

KEMPTON: 6.20 Anjomarba, 6.40 Al Mahmeyah, 7.20 King Ferdinand, 7.50 Money Money Money, 8.20 Making Eyes, 8.50 PROTRACTOR (NAP), 9.20 Fitz.

LINGFIELD: 2.30 Mystic Edge, 3.00 Battle Axe, 3.30 Amistress, 4.00 Dark Ages, 4.30 Purple Affair, 5.00 Bravo King.

WORCESTER: 6.10 Another Kate, 6.40 Gunship, 7.10 Frosty Spring, 7.40 Spirit Is Needed, 8.10 Tram Express, 8.40 Rio Gael, 9.10 Cock Of The Rock.

DOUBLE: Protractor and King Ferdinand.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 6, 2011
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