Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why Punters Must Reach for the Sky; Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why Punters Must Reach for the Sky; Racing Preview

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

A MIXTURE of racecourse experience and useful form can see Baransky home in the Devine Homes EBF Maiden Stakes at Sandown (7.10).

Mahmood Al Zarooni's runner stayed on well to finish second behind the well-regarded Native Khan at Newmarket last time, beating the Godolphin first string into third in the process.

Although few have run since, the form is just starting to be strengthened with the fifth winning at the weekend.

Sandown should suit this Green Desert colt and with conditions similar to Newmarket, jockey Ahmed Ajtebi can forge on from the less-experienced horses to continue Al Zarooni's recent good form.

Earlier on the card, Marjury Daw can overcome a penalty to notch up the four timer in Thames Ditton Apprentice Handicap (6.05).

Good victories at Redcar, Nottingham and Ayr demonstrate the Marju filly's scintillating current form and the penalty for her latest victory may not be enough to stop her.

The extra kick of the Sandown hill should further aid her cause and she is one to have on your side.

Alhoni looks the one to beat in the St Teresa's Hospice Selling Stakes at Catterick (2.40), particularly as she is partnered by jockeys' championship leader Paul Hanagan.

A high draw should not hinder this John Quinn-trained runner and as she has stayed on in each of her four runs to date, she should be able to pick her way through this average field.

Hanagan looks set for a double at the very least and can follow up with Mica Mika in the Beauty And The Beast Nursery (3.10) over seven furlongs.

Richard Fahey's runner held off Alhoni in good fashion at Redcar last time and although he takes a step up in class, he should not find it too big an ask as he seems to be getting the hang of things now.

Green Velvet can be rewarded for her consistency by finally getting her head in front for the first time this season in the Hindleap Walk Handicap at Lingfield (3.30).

Second in her last two starts, the Iron Mask mare has been hovering around the 60 mark for some time now.

However, a drop in grade and the booking of Ryan Moore looking eye-catching and it could pay to keep the faith with the five-year-old. …

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