Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hey Presto - Volante Is Heading for Victory; Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hey Presto - Volante Is Heading for Victory; Racing Preview

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

PRESTO VOLANTE goes in search of a second successive victory as he tackles the Commission Free 1st Month At Betdaq Handicap (8.20) at Kempton.

The five-year-old was twice a winner at shorter trips last term but made a seamless step up to two miles when winning at Lingfield in May.

Admittedly it was a far from satisfactory test that day with a slow early pace meaning it turned into something of a sprint for the line.

That said, Presto Volante quickened up in good style and looked reasonable value for his fivelength verdict over Scribe.

The Polytrack surface obviously appeared to suit that day and a 7lb rise does not seem too steep.

Bishop Roko can supplement his first-time-out maiden win with victory in the Betdaq 1st UK Race Commission Free-Everyday Handicap (8.50).

Roger Charlton's charge was a maiden winner at Newbury last May with the likes of Sun Central, Nabucco and Mashaari all well beaten.

Things obviously did not go to plan though as the Rock Of Gibraltar gelding did not reappear until May this year when he finished a satisfactory fourth at this track. …

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