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Monday, 23 May 2016

4.45 Wolverhampton, Tuesday, May 24

In the 4.45 at Wolverhampton on Tuesday, Ickymasho has been quietly progressive since switched to artificial surfaces last autumn, winning over 1 mile 4 furlongs at Kempton and Wolverhampton and running creditably in defeat off her revised mark, over 1 mile 2 furlongs at Chelmsford. She appeared to translate her improvement back to turf when third of six, beaten 3 lengths, behind Distant High over 1 mile 2 furlongs at Chepstow last month but, back over 1 mile 4 furlongs, on Tapeta, with the benefit of that run behind her, she looks to have a decent chance of regaining the winning thread. She may have more scope for improvement than recent Musselburgh winner Bayan Kasirga, who nevertheless looks the pick of the opposition. The form of the yard is a slight concern, but she’s from an excellent family and may well be able to continue her progress.

Selection: Wolverhampton 4.45 Ickymasho to win

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

3.45 York, Thursday, May 12th

In the Hambleton Stakes (3.45) at York on Thursday, David O’Meara doesn’t make life easy by saddling three runners, all of whom have some sort of a chance, but Lord Of The Land is the choice of Daniel Tudhope and there appears no obvious reason to argue with the stable jockey. Formerly trained by André Fabre in France, the son of Shamardal finished out with the washing, when second favourite, in the Lincoln at Doncaster early last month, but ran much better when fifth of 13, beaten 3¼ lengths, behind Predominance in a 0-105 contest over 7 furlongs at Haydock three weeks later.

Four of his five career wins have come over a mile or further and, while the prevailing good to firm going is slightly faster than he’s encountered so far, he has winning form on good going. The horse he beat in a small race at Fontainebleau last September, Don Bosco, subsequently finished third in a Group 3 contest and won a Listed race in the French provinces, so he looks well up to this standard, especially now that he’s had time to acclimatise to his new surroundings.

Selections: York 3.45 Lord Of The Land to win