Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horse Racing: Vision Can See off His Big Rival at Ripon; Old Head Is There to Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horse Racing: Vision Can See off His Big Rival at Ripon; Old Head Is There to Win

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Byline: Moscrop

THE stage is set today for a victorious return by Inter Vision at Ripon where he has already enjoyed three of his eight career successes.

He has been a great servant to Alan Dickman's small Sandhutton yard and, though he is not getting any younger, at seven he is by no means a back-number in the sprinting division.

Inter Vision has a lot going for him. He is well handicapped again and showed his best form of the campaign when going under by a length to Malcheek over the course and distance last month.

His rival, whom he meets on 6lb better terms, has since paid another visit to the track and ran a fine race in fourth behind Kostar in the Great St Wilfrid despite the ground going against Tim Easterby's charge.

Like Malcheek, Inter Vision loves fast ground and he will have his conditions. The only negative is possibly his draw on the outside which would have been a positive with a bigger field on the evidence of recent results.

Whether they will split with only 11 starters remains to be seen, but I fancy they will elect to come down the stands'side and, as Inter Vision is a hold-up horse, it might not prove to be such a disadvantage.

The booking of Paul Hanagan is a plus. He was in the saddle when the gelding won his last race at Chester, off a 5lb higher mark, little more than a year ago. That was his first win over seven furlongs at another venue where he has always excelled.

Excuses can be offered on his behalf for a couple of less encouraging runs since that Ripon second when either the trip or ground was not ideal. Now everything seems to be in place for a big run.

Coconut Moon will not have to fluff her lines if she is going to take advantage of a plum inside draw for the betterbetcorbett.co.uk Handicap at Chester. She won the corresponding race last year and, despite a lack of success since, she is still 5lb higher because of her consistency. …

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