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Trading Post : Freak Occurence to surprise his rivals.

Byline: Nick Fox

A DROP in both grade and the weights could work out well for Freak Occurence in the Westcliffcasino.co.uk Handicap (4.20) at Bath.

T rained by the excellent Emma Lavelle, the gelding was running well enough at the start of last season to suggest he will be fit enough to do himself justice on his reappearance.

He went through a bit of a lean patch in the middle of last season, but his form either side was good enough to suggest that he is well capable of a big show in a race that is a lot less taxing than several he took part in during 2004.

First time out for instance, he ran off a mark of 85 in a C-rated handicap at Newbury. It was won by African Dream, who followed up a week later in the Classic Trial at Sandown and went on to win another Group 3 in the Dee Stakes.

Logically, even though he was beaten a long way, Freak Occurence did as well at Newbury as could have been expected, finishing just a length behind Frank Sonata who was later successful in Listed grade and in front of high-grade handicappers like Jedburgh.

Afterwards, Freak Occurence ran well in stronger-class races than today's at Kempton and York. And, encouragingly for today, he was able to show his form on contrasting types of ground and over as short as six furlongs, a distance over which he gained his sole win of the year on the all-weather at Southwell in November.

Racing from a mark of only 70 today and faced with far weaker opposition than first time out last year, Freak Occurrence is well worth considering at what should be generous odds.

Kew The Music might start favourite for this mile event but he looks less than solid, as he seems barely able to last the trip under quicker conditions.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 3, 2005
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