Kempton and Yarmouth previews: Curriculum to teach rivals a lesson
David Metcalf | August 3, 2016
Curriculum can open account at Kempton
Trainer William Haggas has his team in flying form and Curriculum can provide him with another winner in the 1m maiden on this evening’s card at Kempton (19.10).
The Newmarket handler has saddled six winners from his last 10 runners and in Curriculum has a gelding who shaped with bags of promise on his sole start as a juvenile when fourth of 13 to Chelsea Lad at Newmarket back in October.
After being held-up and running green, the son of New Approach made good headway a furlong from home and kept on strongly to be beaten just 1 1/2 lengths without being unduly knocked about.
It was a most taking effort and the winner, and runner-up Clear Cut, have both won again since to be rated 96 and 87 respectively.
That gives the form a solid look, especially as a couple of those that finished in behind the selection have also scored since.
Curriculum also looks sure to come on a bundle for that experience and given that the exposed Ballet Concerto is rated 84 and sets the standard, this looks a weak class 5 contest which represents an excellent opportunity for him to open his account.
Lovely Story can cash-in on class drop
Lovely Story ran a huge race on her British debut and can take advantage of a drop in class to land a first career success in the 1m 4f maiden (20.10).
The mare has some useful form to her name in France and Germany before joining trainer Seamus Durack and finishing third of 10 to California in a hot handicap at Ascot last month.
Lovely Story attempted to make all and only got headed inside the last 100 yards to be beaten 1 1/2 lengths.
It was a terrific effort following 330 days on the sidelines and the winner has subsequently gone on to land a Group 3 contest at Goodwood.
That represents very strong form and makes Lovely Story the one to beat now eased significantly in grade.
18.10: Gunner Moyne
18.40: Snow Squaw
19.10: Curriculum (NAP)
20.10: Lovely Story (NB)
Captain Bob weighted to collect at Yarmouth
Captain Bob was a big eye-catcher last time out and can capitalise on a drop in the weights to score an overdue success in the 6f handicap on this evening’s card at Yarmouth (19.20).
The gelding is on a long losing run having not scored since landing a class 3 contest at Sandown off a mark of 83 back in June 2014 when trained by Charlie Hills.
However, the five-year-old did run some solid races to make the frame last season off marks of 86 and 87, and is now able to race in this class 5 contest off a reduced rating of just 73.
That is a career-low and gives Captain Bob, who is now in the care of Robert Cowell, outstanding claims at the weights.
The son of Dark Angel also comes into the race having posted an improved effort over 5f at Beverley when getting outpaced before staying on strongly to finish a 2 1/2 length fourth to Bond Bombshell.
It was an effort which suggested Captain Bob was coming to the boil and if building on it he is going to take all the beating in the hands of champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa now stepped back up to a more suitable trip.
Sacred Harp to call the tune in finale
Sacred Harp looks on a handy mark and decent value to open her account in the 5f handicap that brings proceedings to a close (20.20).
The filly failed to trouble the judged in three starts last season for Charlie Appleby but did hint at ability.
On her second start over 6f, she raced keenly until getting shuffled back into mid-division and, after trying to make a move two from home, was eased in the final 100 yards once it was clear she would be winning to finish a 6 3/4 length ninth of 11 to Rebel Surge.
The winner is a useful sort now rated 87, and the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth have all won since.
Sacred Harp was allotted an opening handicap mark of 61 on the back of that effort and ran really well off it when runner-up at Nottingham on her first start for trainer Stuart Williams back in May.
The three-year-old then failed to shine in her next two starts but got back on track when a close-up fourth at Leicester last time out and should be up to winning a race of this nature off a mark of just 59 on the pick of her form.
17.20: The Ducking Stool
17.50: Iconic Belle
19.20: Captain Bob (NAP)
19.50: Cosmopolitan Girl
20.20: Sacred Harp (NB)