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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Gormley out to enhance title claims with seven Musselburgh rides

Jamie Gormley, successful at York on Eeh Bah Gum, has seven Musselburgh rides
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Jamie Gormley, who rode a high-profile winner for Tim Easterby aboard highly progressive sprinter Eeh Bah Gum at York’s Ebor meeting on Saturday, continues his bid for the Stobart apprentice title with seven rides at Musselburgh on Wednesday.

Gormley, currently on the 28-winner mark, is chasing Jason Watson (41 winners) and Rossa Ryan (36), as are Callum Rodriguez (29) and Nicola Currie (28).

He partners four of Iain Jardine’s runners at Musselburgh and also gets the leg up on three Jim Goldie-trained contestants.

Jardine is full of praise for the apprentice, and will continue to provide him with plenty of ammunition in the weeks ahead.

"Jamie is a good, hard-working lad, and has got talent – horses seem to run for him,” Jardine said.

"We've given him plenty of chances this season and, to be fair to him, he has taken them. It would be brilliant if he could win the apprentices’ championship."

Jardine and Gormley team up with Spirit Of Lund (2.05), Archipeligo (2.40), Mystical Mac (4.10) and Dizoard (4.40).

Jardine added: "We've a good few chances at Musselburgh. They’re all well, and should run decent races."

Gormley’s three rides for Goldie comprise of Primo’s Comet (3.10), Oriental Lilly (3.40) and Jeffrey Harris (5.10).

Candy's Baden-Baden raid

Henry Candy sends his five-year-old mare Time To Exceed on a black-type mission to Germany for the Listed Coolmore Stud Baden-Baden Cup.

Henry Candy: hoping for Listed success in Germany with Time To Exceed

The five-year-old daughter of Exceed And Excel faces ten rivals over Baden-Baden’s seven furlongs as she bids to enhance her paddocks value.

Winner of a Doncaster maiden during her three-year-old days and a 6f Leicester handicap last term, Time To Exceed, who has an official rating of 84, has been unplaced twice in Listed company so far.

Candy is hoping it is third-time-lucky, and said: "The filly is in great shape. I am very happy with her.

"She’ll probably struggle against some higher-rated rivals, but it’s all about securing some black type. It would be wonderful if she could grab a place."

Guardia Svizzera bids to follow up

If the handicapper is right, Guardia Svizzera, who whizzed in by four and a half lengths at Hamilton last Tuesday, should take the world of beating under a 6lb penalty in Catterick's Racing UK Extra On Handicap (4.00).

The Roger Fell-trained four-year-old took off in the final half-furlong to put daylight between him and One Boy, and there should be more to come.

Guardia Svizzera: impressive winner for Ventura Racing last time

Officially 4lb well-in under the penalty, Guardia Svizzera will once again have the assistance of Ben Curtis and looks nicely drawn in stall two.

He steps up a furlong in trip, but won a Fairyhouse maiden over seven furlongs when trained in Ireland as a three-year-old – the manner in which he finished his race off at Hamilton suggests he will be even more effective at this distance.

Any stars on show at Kempton?

We’re now entering that time of year where it isn’t unusual to see potentially useful two-year-olds in action at Kempton's midweek meetings.

The opening British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes (5.55) features representatives of the Roger Charlton, Saeed Bin Suroor, Roger Varian, Sir Michael Stoute and Richard Hannon stables.

Sweet Pearl, who represents Hannon and is owned by Qatar Racing, shaped nicely first time out at Nottingham when a three-length second to Divinity, and arguably sets the standard of the four fillies who boast racecourse experience, but it would be no surprise if one of the newcomers emerged triumphant.

Mullins double-handed in feature

Uradel's new claim to fame is lowering the colours of Limini at Galway's summer festival and the seven-year-old spearheads a strong Willie Mullins challenge in the feature race on the first day of Bellewstown's final festival of 2018, the Thatch Bar And Restaurant Handicap (7.05).

Uradel: defeated the strongly-backed Limini on the flat at the Galway festival
There was little time for Uradel to rest on his laurels at Galway as he was back out again later in the week for a valuable staying handicap hurdle, a race won by stablemate Low Sun, who renews rivalry here.

Uradel was brought down at the third-last there when still travelling strongly and Mullins reports him none the worse for the spill.

Mullins said: "They’re both in good form and the ground will be fine for both. They came out of Galway in good form and this looked an ideal race for both.”

Among their opponents is Galway maiden winner Astronomer, who represents Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien.

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