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Straversjoy set to prove she still has more to give; TRADING POST.

Nap of the day Straversjoy 5.00 Wolverhampton It's possible the handicapper has caught up with Straversjoy after her two comfortable victories over today's course and distance in September, as she appeared to have no excuses when fourth on her hat-trick bid and failed to add to her tally when switched to turf for a couple of outings last month. I'm prepared to give her another chance, though, as even in defeat the daughter of Kayf Tara has left the impression that she's still going the right way.

Raised a total of 9lb for those two wins, the feature of which was the ease with which she travelled, Reg Hollinshead's three-year-old may have found the contest coming too soon next time, although she again moved sweetly through the race and was beaten less than a length.

She did not look as happy on heavy ground raised in trip at Warwick after that, and it was no surprise to see Hollinshead give her a three-week-break.

She was a shade disappointing on her return at Catterick when a well-backed third behind a couple of exposed sorts, but the ground was again on the slow side and it might be a case of her being much better suited to Polytrack.

If that's the case, Straversjoy could still have a fair bit more to offer after just three starts on the surface, and the fact that she's out again only six days after Catterick is surely an indication of her current well-being.

Lay of the day Soviet Spring 2.50 Wolverhampton Appears to have progressed with each run and took well to Polytrack dropped back to 6f in an auction maiden at Kempton last time, when worn down inside the final furlong after trying to make all. That said, the colt was allowed his own way in a race run at a steady gallop and, considering that was probably his best effort in three starts, it's worrying that connections have already elected to drop him into a seller.

There are potential rivals for the lead in today's field and Andrew Balding's juvenile didn't really leave the impression he was crying out for this return to 7f.

Although the stable has been among the winners in the last few days, Balding is 0-20 with his two-year-olds at the track in the last five seasons and has had only one selling winner from 23 runners in the same period.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 1, 2010
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