Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hip Hip Hooray for Hibba

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hip Hip Hooray for Hibba

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

HIBBA is taken to emerge triumphant on her handicap debut at Lingfield.

The four-year-old filly has done more than enough on her first three starts in maidens to warrant fulsome respect in the Eden Brook Handicap (1.40).

Unraced as a juvenile, the former Marcus Tregoning inmate perhaps lacks a definitive shift in gear, but is at least blessed with bundles of stamina.

No better was that highlighted than at Kempton last October, when she willingly plugged on to take third in reasonable maiden, having previously shown up well at Bath on her debut.

Subsequently purchased by the capable Mouse Hamilton-Fairley for 12,000 guineas, the decision to run her over a mile and five furlongs in Surrey seems logical.

Hibba has already shown she can handle the Polytrack surface, while a mark of 65 looks workable.

Value-seekers prepared to oppose likely favourite Luck Of The Draw should also be suitably appeased as Hibba will be available at far bigger odds.

Diriculous can prove the leading light in the 10% Forecast Bonus At bluesq.com Handicap (5.40) at Wolverhampton.

The Robert Mills-trained sevenyear-old is tantalisingly handicapped on his best form, having in the past been rated in the 100s.

He arrives at Dunstall Park some 5lb lower than his last winning mark and should be raring to go following a pleasing third at Kempton earlier in the month.

The time is just about nigh to end a frustrating run without getting his head in front.

Tarablaze can maintain smooth equilibrium over fences when he is hurled back into the fray at Bangor.

The Philip Hobbs-trained inmate was no slouch over hurdles, having won the Grade Two Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Haydock a couple of years ago.

Indeed, similar progress within the chasing ranks also looks likely judged by his winning display at Exeter last month.

Although faced with just one rival, Tarablaze jumped well enough, despite making a handful of minor errors, over what was unquestionably an inadequate trip. The extended three miles of the York Brewery Novices' Chase (1. …

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