Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clouding over to Have Day in Sun

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clouding over to Have Day in Sun

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Byline: By Doug Moscrop

While Clouding Over has only a novices' handicap hurdle at Catterick to her credit so far, it will be surprising if she doesn't add to her tally over fences this winter.

Keith Reveley's mare has already had a couple of attempts over the bigger obstacles and, though she has hardly set the world alight, she has performed better than her bare form suggests.

She probably needed the outing on her Kelso reappearance when fourth to Parisienne Gale and never got into contention behind Lanaken at Musselburgh next time.

Suited by waiting tactics, she was held up way off the pace at the East Lothians venue and was given far too much to do.

Clouding Over is in the right hands and doesn't have a great deal to beat in the five-runner EBF Tattersalls (Ireland) Mares' Only Novices' Chase at Huntingdon today.

Her trainer has a fine strike record here and it will be disappointing if he leaves empty-handed as he has other winning opportunities on the card, notably Welcome To Unos in the Sponsos At Huntingdon Handicap Hurdle.

Officially ahead of the handicapper following his return to winning ways at Catterick last week, he escapes a penalty because it was a race for conditional jockeys.

He has been reassessed and his new rating comes into effect from Saturday. Everything fell into place for the eight-year-old last time and it was no surprise that he got his act together after running well for a long way at Wetherby on a confidence-boosting return from a heavy fall over fences.

There is no guarantee, however, that he will repeat his Catterick running. If he does, he has got to be in the shake-up, but there may be value looking elsewhere for the winner.

Beauchamp Gigi's career has been restricted by injury. Winner of a Cork bumper before joining Howard Johnson, she landed a maiden hurdle at Musselburgh and is open to improvement, especially on good ground, though the handicapper has taken no chances with her. …

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