Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bank on Barolo to Open His Account

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bank on Barolo to Open His Account

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Byline: By Doug Moscrop The Journal

Despite his lack of experience in competitive handicaps, the lightly-raced Barolo is one of the most likely improvers in the Coral Rosebery Stakes at Kempton today.

The four-year-old has had only four runs in his life but showed plenty of promise in maiden company in two starts last year following a 13-month absence after only one appearance as a juvenile.

His best effort was a half-length second to Silken Brief at Windsor and this well-bred gelding returned to the Thames track for his handicap debut on his seasonal reappearance 12 days ago.

Considering he didn't have the ideal draw, he stayed on well down the outside to finish fourth to Bond Biamond. That was over a mile and today's extra two furlongs will suit him.

The faster ground shouldn't be a concern either, he is well drawn, and is at the right end of the handicap.

Skylarker finished less than a length ahead of Barolo and kept on strongly after not having the early pace to make the most of his good draw. He may have been slightly unlucky in the circumstances and has to be rated a threat.

Red To Violet is another at the bottom end of the scale that would have made some appeal with a better draw. She ran a pleasing race against Cita Verda at Newcastle and is on the upgrade.

Muhareb missed a Newmarket engagement this week to wait for the Rosebery. His stable is in good form and, with Frankie Dettori booked, he seems certain to go close from his high draw.

Adiemus ran as though he needed this longer trip when failing to justify favouritism in the Lincoln and he will have his supporters again.

With John Dunlop's horses carrying all before them, Heir To Be might be the answer to the Surrey Herald Queen's Prize. He was progressive last year, winning a handicap at Nottingham in October, and, provided he can handle this faster surface, he gets the nod over First Ballot and Mana d'Argent. …

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