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This contest looks a Gift to end losing sequence.

GIFT Horse has not visited the winner's enclosure since his Stewards' Cup victory of 2005, but faces by far his easiest task since that triumph in the NGK Spark Plugs Handicap at New market.

David Nicholls' eight-year old is clearly not the force of old, but the handicapper has relented accordingly and his effort in this year's Stewards' Cup indicated he is no back number just yet.

He was going on at the finish at Goodwood, having been tapped for toe early on, and was eventually beaten just over two lengths into seventh.

A reproduction of that effort would be good enough to land this contest,with any cut in the ground also in his favour.

King Harson is another who can end a long losing run int he Tennants Fine Art Auctioneers Handicap at Catterick.

Although he has not won for almost two years, he has turned in some decent efforts at this track and can record his second course-and-distance win on ground which is guaranteed to suit.

He has dropped 12lb since the start of this season.

Bazguy is a most interesting contender in the Mix Business With Pleasure Claiming Stakes at Kempton.

David Evans' dual winner will appreciate a return to his favoured all-weather surface, having contested a slightly better race than this last time out at Bath, and the booking of Ryan Moore catches the eye.

Muftarres is on a hat-trick after following his maiden victory with a workmanlike handicap success at Bath over an inadequate five furlongs.

The return to six furlongs in the Christopher Smith Associates Handicap at Newbury looks ideal.

He is well handicapped, having only been raised 4lb for his Bath success, and is proven on a soft surface.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 14, 2008
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