Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Harlov Is in Peak Form Lockerbie Chaser for Eider Win

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Harlov Is in Peak Form Lockerbie Chaser for Eider Win

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EVERY young trainer needs a high profile win if his career is to progress to the next level.

Lockerbie handler Andrew Parker is looking for a [pounds sterling]70,000 springboard at Newcastle tomorrow, and Harlov can provide it by landing the Tote Eider Chase.

The open nature of this historic handicap is illustrated by the fact that the sponsors have been betting 5-1 the field in their antepost lists for most of the week.

Len Lungo's Only Once heads the market, and this lightly-raced gelding is clearly open to plenty of improvement after a promising reappearance over hurdles at Ayr last week.

Tipsy Mouse will also be popular after responding to a relentless drive from Warren Marston to win at Haydock last time, while Fasgo has been ultra consistent in long distance handicaps this season and looks bound to put up another bold show on a course which should suit him.

The Martin Pipe raider Magical Bailiwick is another with solid form claims, but Harlov gets the vote on the basis that he could have a little more improvement in him than most of his rivals.

Parker, who started training on the death of his father Colin just over three years ago, has already shown a sure touch with his steeplechasers and reports that Harlov is "really warming to the job after a couple of falls early in his career."

And Harlov's record bears that view out. A light campaign last season yielded one win from two runs at Carlisle, and two runs in handicap company this season mark him out as just the sort for this marathon.

The first came at Bangor in December, where Harlov made Bear On Board work very hard for a narrow success. The winner franked that form by landing a good handicap at Cheltenham, while Harlov did his own bit to endorse it with a game defeat of the inform Celioso at Catterick last month.

Stamina is plainly Harlov's strong suit, so four miles and a furlong round a stiff course like Newcastle looks ideal. …

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