Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Horse Racing: Bank on Bowder; RACING PREVIEW

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Horse Racing: Bank on Bowder; RACING PREVIEW

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MARK Tompkins has started the season in great nick and looks set to have another winner with Bowder Stone at Beverley tomorrow (4.55).

Whenever Tompkins decides to send runners to his native Yorkshire he is worth noting and the Newmarket handler turns the three-year-old out again quickly after an extremely eyecatching run at Doncaster a couple of weeks ago.

Sent off as an unconsidered 40-1 shot, he never looked like landing a blow behind the impressive Michael Jarvis-trained winner Royalist.

But despite Jimmy Quinn not really asking him any serious questions in the final quarter of a mile, he really grabbed hold of the bit and fairly flew home.

The Doncaster event was over seven furlongs and it looks likely that he will be seen to much better effect over further, hence this step up to just over a mile for the Constant Security Maiden Stakes.

The fact he is out again relatively soon means he must be thriving at present and he looks one to keep on the right side of.

In the final race on the Westwood, Mark Johnston's Greyfriars Abbey should take the world of beating in the Levy Board Handicap (5.30).

He is no superstar by any stretch of the imagination but when he was asked to tackle middle distance on his last two starts last season he improved enormously.

A 10lb rise for his first win failed to stop him at Ripon and even though he is up another 5lb, with another winter on his back he should be able to cope.

Great Leighs stage their second meeting, although not under floodlights as was first hoped.

Clive Brittain's Nice Dream just failed to make history at the first meeting on Sunday when second to Ed Dunlop's Temple Of Thebes.

He was beaten four lengths but the winner looks potentially very good and he can go one better this time in the Billericay Maiden Stakes (5.20).

Mick Easterby's Pertemps Networks has been in good heart over hurdles recently and carried on in that vein at Newcastle earlier in the month. …

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