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Sheet all set for Kempton.

Byline: ARGUS

HYMNSHEET receives the seal of approval in the Brother 141 Handicap at Kempton.

The Pivotal filly was the subject of much Oaks speculation last term when she dotted up in a humble Yarmouth maiden - her only start as a juvenile.

Sir Michael Stoute soon discovered she was not of that quality following a pretty tame reverse in the Swettenham Stud Fillies'' Trial at Newbury.

Having since been given plenty of time to recuperate, Stoute then reintroduced her into handicap company over 11 furlongs here at the start of the month.

Entitled to have needed the run, Hymnsheet failed to land a blow but was still spotted making late progress to take fourth behind the battledhardened Ottoman Empire.

The assessor has relieved her 2lb for this assignment, in which the extra furlong will almost certainly play to her strengths.

A much energised performance from Stoute''s filly, who remains open to limitless potential, can on this occasion be confidently predicted.

Walvis Bay has also been found a decent opportunity in Leicester''s feature race.

Tom Tate''s three-year-old found the competition a shade too hot at York last time out when he finished seventh in a really demanding fivefurlong handicap.

Before that, however, he served notice of his aptitude for racing with a most accomplished success on fast ground at Ripon - landing a few lumpy bets in the process.

It should be noted that Tate has always considered Walvis Bay to be better on a rain-softened surface, a claim which polarises that striking two-length triumph in North Yorkshire.

Conditions at Leicester are likely to be more forgiving than when he was last seen on the Knavesmire, while the calibre of rival in the Harry Spooner 100th Birthday Handicap in also discernibly weaker.

The grey son of Footstepsinthesand is probably only going to really come into his own next season, when he will be a much tougher animal, but Tate should still have him on top of his form for this assignment.

Good racing, too, at Hamilton, where star veteran Tax Free can nail his 15th career victory in the Conditions Stakes.

Dandy Nicholls'' old boy is one of the most popular veterans in training and demonstrated in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh last time out that he still has a genuine lustre for sprinting.

After all, to get to within two lengths of promising tyro Astrophysical Jet, to whom he was conceding chunks of weights, was certainly no mean feat.

That form was boosted still further when Ed McMahon''s filly won again at Newbury on Saturday.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 20, 2010
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