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Plumpton Preview: Brantingham can Breeze to success

| 15.12.2014

Brantingham Breeze has been given a chance by the handicapper and can take advantage to land the 3m 2f hurdle contest at Fontwell today (2.20).

The Emma Lavelle trained mare has yet to win in eights starts over the obstacles but has run very well to be placed on four occasions.

They include an excellent a solid second to the now 128-rated Tagrita in a novice hurdle at Wincanton and a fine second to Solstice Son in a class 4 contest over course and distance off a mark of 100.

The six-year-old kept on well in the latter to be beaten three lengths by a progressive type who went on to score on his next two starts and is now rated 119, and the pair pulled 33 lengths clear of the third.

That is extremely strong form in the context of this class 5 contest and makes Brantingham Breeze look very well-treated off a a 2lb lower mark of 98.

The daughter of Tamure also comes into the contest on the back of an eye-catching run when staying on to finish a not knocked about fifth at Exeter on her second start of the season and should now be spot on to do herself justice.

To me this looks a golden opportunity for Brantingham Breeze to open her account, and it will be disappointing if she doesn’t take it in what is a very winnable contest lacking any real strength in depth.

In the 2m hurdle that closes the card (3.25), G’dai Sydney could well have got in lightly on handicap debut.

The Peter Bowen trained gelding came good at the third time of asking in bumpers when showing a good attitude to score at Stratford and backed that up with an easy four length success in a bumper at Worcester.
The six-year-old looked sure to win races over hurdles judged on those successes, but has so far failed to trouble the judge and been well beaten in three starts over the obstacles.

However, G’dai Sydney’s last two runs have come in hot contests at Exeter and Ffos Las behind the useful Hello George and Shantou Bob and this is far easier.

The son of Choisir looks the type who has been brought along with handicaps in mind, and if that is the case then an opening mark of 95 looks very exploitable judged on his bumper form.

G’dai Sydney also has the services of Sean Bowen who is terrific value for his 7lb claim, and connections could not have found a weaker class 5 contest for him to make his handicap debut.

12.10: Midnight Spin
12.40: Fergall
1.15: King Edmund
1.45: Itoldyou
2.20: Brantingham Breeze (NAP)
2.55: The Informant
3.25: G’dai Sydney (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.