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Windsor Preview: Mud-loving Seal has Rock solid claims

| 20.10.2014

Seal Rock will relish the testing conditions at Windsor today and can take advantage of a drop in grade to get back to winning ways in the 6f claimer (2.20).

The gelding was a useful sprinter in 2012 when trained by Henry Candy, where his last success saw him beat Mirza in a class 2 contest on soft ground at Pontefract off a mark of 95.

Seal Rock the had a spell racing in Ireland and finished a decent second at Down Royal on his final start for Andy Oliver before joining John Quinn.

The six-year-old then cashed-in on a career low mark to make a winning debut for his new handler when readily landing class 5 handicap on soft ground at Carlisle, where he only had to be pushed out to score with far more in hand than the 3/4 length winning margin suggests.

The son of Ishiguru has had just two starts since, and ran well in the last of those when fifth of 12 to Dominium in a class 5 contest at Wolverhampton last month.

Seal Rock now drops into claiming company for the first time in his career, and that gives him outstanding claims of landing the spoils in what is an extremely weak looking contest.

Cardinal runs of his lowest mark for four years in the 5f handicap (4.50) and with conditions to suit can go well at a big price.

The Robert Cowell trained veteran is a four-time winner on the turf, and three of those successes have come on soft ground.

In the last of those Cardinal beat Interakt in the class 4 contest in the mud at Sandown off a mark of 71, and now gets into this class 6 affair off just 64.

That gives the nine-year old major claims from a handicapping perspective if bouncing back from some below par efforts now refitted with the cheekpieces.

In the closing 1m 4d handicap (5.20), Eurato is a fascinating contender now dropped in class and stepped up in trip.

The gelding had some useful form in France last year, winning twice and finishing runner-up on four occasions.

Both wins came on very soft ground over 1m 3f and 1m 4f, and Eurato has been campaigned over a mile since joining trainer John Spearing at the start of this season.

Most of those runs have also come in class 3 company, and having started the campaigh on a handicap mark of 85 the four-year-old now gets into this class 5 contest off just 68 and has his optimum conditions for the first time since joing Spearing.

1.50: One Moment
2.20: Seal Rock (NAP)
2.50: Yeenaan
3.20: Pashan Garh
3.50: Flipping
4.20: Calm Attitude
4.50: Cardinal
5.30: Eurato (NB)

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.