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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Well-treated Ivors Investment can go in again at Beverley

Mark Johnston: trains Tarnhelm
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Beverley

New cheekpieces helped IVORS INVESTMENT (5.55) get back to winning ways here recently and he has a great chance of following up in the finale.

The Tina Jackson-trained five-year-old built up an 18-race losing streak after striking at Salisbury two years ago, but he went off in front over this course and distance this month and was never seriously threatened.

He is still well treated on his best form and will benefit from the presence of smart amateur Page Fuller in the saddle.

David O’Meara has a strong hand in the 1m½f handicap, with PIONEERING (4.25) narrowly preferred to his stablemate Infamous Lawman.

The three-year-old was well backed for a 1m2f contest here last month and didn’t disappoint, with Daniel Tudhope giving him a perfectly judged front-running ride. He is just 2lb higher and is well drawn in stall four.

TARNHELM (2.10) could never get competitive after a slow start at Chelmsford recently, but Mark Johnston’s filly would be hard to beat in the novice auction stakes if reproducing her debut form.

She made most of the running at Goodwood a week earlier and only the more experienced Tricksy Spirit got past. She can make the most of the weight she receives from Requinto Dawn.

Lingfield

BARNABY BROOK (5.45) was tailed off when having his first start for Tom Dascombe at Ripon in August, but he is much more effective on the sand and looked back to his best at Wolverhampton last time.

With his usual blinkers back on, the seven-year-old stayed on strongly to hit the front inside the final furlong and pull clear of Sir Gnet.

He has gone up 4lb but a repeat performance should be good enough.

Chelmsford

GOOD BUSINESS (5.40) is an interesting contender in division one of the apprentice race.

Jeremy Noseda’s filly has yet to seriously threaten in four starts, but there was a bit more encouragement on her handicap debut at Brighton last time out as she led with two furlongs to go but couldn’t sustain her effort and faded into fourth.

This one-furlong shorter trip and new visor can help her pull out the necessary improvement.  

Warwick

Few can be safely ignored in the feature handicap chase, but 2016 winner KILFINICHEN BAY (3.30) may be able to defend his crown.

Charlie Longsdon’s nine-year-old hasn’t quite been at his best recently, but he is only 1lb above last year’s winning mark and wasn’t disgraced at Worcester last time when fourth behind Sonneofpresenting in a race not run to suit.

He can reverse those placings with this likely to be a truer test of stamina.


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He's still well treated on his best form and will benefit from the presence of smart amateur Page Fuller in the saddle
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