Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bank on Balavista

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bank on Balavista

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Byline: By Peter Hilton

Balavista is beginning to make his mark after a slow start to his career and he can put another victory on the board at Lingfield Park tomorrow.

The Roger Charlton-trained four-year-old is going the right way and would not have to improve much to win the EBF Paul Kelleway Memorial Classified Stakes.

He has had only five runs in his career, three of them this year, and won very well last time out.

Back in April on his seasonal debut he ran the useful Polar Magic to a neck in a Southwell handicap, which promised plenty for the future, but he was then caught out by a bad draw around the tight Chester turns.

Balavista put that behind him last month when he made all at Haydock, quickening up a furlong out to beat Libre comfortably by a length and a quarter.

As long as he handles the Polytrack surface on his first experience on the all-weather, he is going to take all the beating.

Martian Glow has run two encouraging races to date and is well worth a second look in the European Breeders Fund Maiden Stakes.

Having finished second on her debut at Leicester in May, she ran well to be third in a stronger race at Newmarket the following month.

Michael Jarvis is always to be feared on the all-weather and while this will be Martian Glow's first run on the surface, she is more than capable of landing a race of this calibre if she handles the conditions.

The Walter Swinburn yard has been hitting the right note recently and it is interesting that the trainer steps Rock Haven up in trip to 10 furlongs for the Come Racing Here On Saturday Night Classified Stakes.

He shaped encouragingly on his last start at Nottingham, where he put in good late work over a mile, and the race has already thrown up a winner, so the form looks reasonably sound.

Rock Haven is probably not one of his trainer's leading lights, but he appeals as the one to be on in a race that may not take a lot of winning. …

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