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Byline: Killer angles on today's racing with Graeme Rodway

These are the form figures of John Gosden's runners in the last fortnight. He saddles Kaufmann (6.15 Wolverhampton) ??Avidity should go well after a layoff 2.10 Musselburgh James Ewart's gelding has form figures of 2141 either first time out or when racing after a break of at least 52 days and looked better than ever when slamming four subsequent winners in a 2m novice hurdle on heavy ground at Ayr in March on his first start for more than three months.

That was his first run back after a breathing operation and it's often the case that horses who have wind issues run to their best after a layoff. That suggests it's worth backing this six-yearold to defy a 315-day absence in this 2m handicap hurdle. Avidity had the now 118-rated Titus Bolt eight lengths behind when landing that contest at Ayr and was value for further than the winning margin. He travelled powerfully and led on the bridle at the second-last before coming clear for an easy victory.

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A strict interpretation of that form suggests Avidity could be thrown in off just 120 on his handicap debut under Lucy Alexander Ewart's string is beginning to hit form. The yard have had five finish in the first three from 13 runners in the last fortnight and that includes a winner with their latest representative, Snuker, at Kelso on Sunday.

Today's soft ground will suit and this strong traveller should enjoy this sharp, speed-favouring track.

?Course specialist Club House is on a handy mark 2.25 Lingfield This five-year-old has already registered six victories at this course and five of those came over today's mile trip. He has dropped to a mark 1lb lower than for his last success and gave notice he could soon take advantage when second in a course-and-distance handicap last month.

Robert Mills's charge went off a well-fancied 3-1 market leader under inexperienced rider Milly Naseb and finished a length and a half behind lightly raced improver Meddling in second.

That was a big return to form and it's encouraging Robert Tart, who has ridden the gelding to victory before, has been booked to take over in the saddle.

Club House has recorded five of his six victories in the months of January and February and clearly goes well at this time of the year.

He has a good draw on the inside in stall three and appears to have been primed for this race.

?Steel City Boy 4.15 Wolverhampton It's almost two years since this 12-year-old recorded his last victory but he's dropped to the basement mark of 45 and can take advantage by landing his fifth course win in this weak 0-50 Class 7. Ann Stokell's gelding ran a cracker when second to Harwoods Star in a 5f handicap at Southwell two starts ago. That form looks strong in the context of this weaker race as the winner was having his first start for Stuart Williams and recorded an improved performance.

Steel City Boy ran below that level in a Class 6 over course and distance on Monday but wasn't beaten far in sixth from 1lb out of the handicap.

Stokell hasn't ridden a winner for 724 days and her presence in the saddle is an obvious negative, but Steel City Boy is a straightforward ride and may outclass them.

'Today's soft ground will suit Avidity and this strong traveller should enjoy this sharp, speed favouring track'
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 16, 2015
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