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Trading Post : At Your Request may not relish the battle; Plays of the day.

Byline: Ben Hutton

Sound That Alarm 2.50 Bath Lay to be placed at 2.4 or shorter 7 Has been disappointing on the whole after showing glimpses of promise at two and dropped to claiming company 7 Has to give weight to most of the field and is not that well-in on official ratings 4 Would have every chance if returning to early-career form and drop back in trip to an extended five furlongs should suitI am confident that there are at least three horses who will have Sound That Alarm's measure at the line. The resolution of Jamie Spencer's mount is questionable and he just doesn't seem to be improving. Gerard Butler has tried a tongue-tie and cheekpieces on his last two starts (appendages dispensed with today), both of which failed to rekindle any kind of spark, and Sound That Alarm is now dropped to claiming level in a bid to coax a win out of him.

Fellow top weight Speed Dial Harry won last time out and should go well again, and at bigger odds I fancy Turtle Magic to go well on ground he likes.

At Your Request 3.10 Ludlow Lay in-running 7 A four-year-old who has to give weight to his elders, which is no easy task 7 Tends to swish his tail and doesn't like a battle 4 Won very easily four days ago at Fontwell This is stronger than the race won comfortably by At Your Request on Friday, and if he ends up going head-to-head with any likely challengers such as Jack's Lad, Nuit Sombre or Pak Jack close home, I don't expect him to relish the battle as he is not one to have on your side in the trenches.

His ability has seen him twice run out an easy winner and finish second at the Cheltenham Festival last season, but there have been three occasions when he should arguably have finished better than he did when in with every chance, and I expect him to be a shorter price in-running than he was at the off, so I'll be laying him in-play.

The History Man 6.00 Catterick Lay in-running 7 Front-runner who hasn't looked entirely straightforward on two starts to date when a runner-up on each occasion 4 Sets the standard on form and his debut second has worked out particularly well The History Man has tended to pull his way to the front, so I expect that the best time to get the shortest price for laying him is in-running when in the lead.

The gelding is not one to trust at a short price on the evidence of his first two runs and, while it might be the case that we are putting a lot of faith into the newcomer Multiple, there are also nine other relatively unknown two-year-olds on our side.

I'll be looking to lay him at 2 or shorter in-play.

Fandani 8.15 Exeter Back to lay 4 German recruit who travelled very smoothly on his hurdling debut when splitting useful pair Cerium and McBain 7 Cheltenham bumper seventh Its My Boy is in opposition, as are a couple of decent Flat recruits in Almutasader and Gironde, and it looks a reasonably strong contest for the prize-money If Fandani runs a similar race to his debut over jumps at Wincanton in February he will go very close to winning, but even if he doesn't score it should be possible to lay off your initial stake for a no-risk bet at a lower price in-running than he was at the start.

Fandani should have learned a lot from his first start, when he travelled extremely well and was in front two out, and it will be at a similar point that I'll be looking to lay off my bet.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 3, 2005
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