Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Punters Should Get into Spirit; Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Punters Should Get into Spirit; Racing Preview

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

INGLEBY SPIRIT can make it a Musselburgh hat-trick for trainer Kevin Ryan in tomorrow's John Smith's Scottish County Hurdle (4.00).

The five-year-old will be making his handicap bow but an initial rating of 134 does not look too harsh given the ease of his recent victories.

A fair horse on the level, he has made a seamless transition to hurdling, putting a disappointing debut effort behind him to finish second next time out.

Ingleby Spirit has obviously learnt a little for each outing, though, as he then made it thirdtime lucky with a six-length verdict in a competitive heat here in November.

He then followed up in style when seeing off the odds-on favourite by 16 lengths late last month and while he went up 11lb for that success, Ingleby Spirit is still on the upgrade and merits respect.

Ryan's charge will probably not prove to be up to his Supreme entry at Cheltenham, but this looks within his compass. …

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