Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gimme's Going in the Right Direction; High Chance of Ladbroke Glory

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gimme's Going in the Right Direction; High Chance of Ladbroke Glory

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WHILE handicappers are often accused of being heavy-handed when it comes to reassessing winners, they usually have a sensible approach.

My biggest gripe is their tendency to punish those successful in a lesser grade just as much as the ones who land decent prizes in much better company.

Another issue that gets under my skin is their reaction to horses running well without winning. Arguably, they couldn't score off their old mark so what chance in theory, at least, have they got of hitting the mark off a higher rating? Horses who hardly ever run a bad race and keep knocking on the door pay the penalty for their consistency and that doesn't seem right, especially when connections haven't got a victory to show for it.

In the case of It's A Gimme, my fancy for the The Ladbroke at Ascot today, he has been raised 5lb for running Raya Star to half a length in a competitive handicap over the same course and distance seven weeks ago.

He will need to improve again to get his head in front, but is lightly raced and hopefully still on the upgrade to prove the official assessor right in his judgement.

The ex-French-trained Ranjaan is reported to have thrived since last season and has a tongue-tie on for his reappearance.

He missed the Cheltenham Festival after suffering a minor injury, but the second of his two wins for Paul Nicholls was gained off a mark of 132 on his handicap debut at Taunton where he beat the useful Third Intention.

According to Alan King, responsible for last year's winner Raya Star, he wouldn't swap Balder Success for any other runner in the race. You can understand why as the four-year-old fits the bill on many counts.

His third to Zarkander at Wincanton on his season debut looks even better following his conqueror's win in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham last weekend.

Balder Success went on to score impressively at Haydock. …

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