Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Parade Ready to Graduate with Exeter Honours

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Parade Ready to Graduate with Exeter Honours

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Byline: Saraband Racing Writer

BURY Parade can continue his ascent up the chasing ranks in the Free Racing Tips Graduation Chase at Exeter.

The seven-year-old claimed the notable scalp of Super Duty on his fencing debut at Carlisle in October of last year, prompting trainer Paul Nicholls and owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing to stump up PS100,000 to buy him out of Robert Bewley's yard.

While he did perhaps not progress as expected, he ran well behind Theatrical Star on his final race of the campaign at this track and then made a winning return at Kempton last month, beating a useful yardstick in Hadrian's Approach.

If he can maintain his improvement there might be a decent prize in him before the season is over.

David Pipe has gone on record as saying he has his best team of novice hurdlers since taking out a licence and Centasia might not be far from the cream of the crop.

She is looking to defy a penalty in the Racing Welfare Mares' Novices' Hurdle after opening her account at the first time of asking over obstacles at Uttoxeter.

She finished fourth behind Legacy Gold at Aintree and owner Roger Brookhouse was suitably impressed enough by the winner that day to pay a significant amount for her at the sales.

Nicky Henderson has endured something of an up-and-down first half of the season with setbacks for his big guns such as Simonsig, Bobs Worth and to a lesser extent Sprinter Sacre.

However, he has also won the Hennessy and the Fighting Fifth so it is wrong to say the yard is not in form.

Call The Cops, a bumper winner and third on his hurdling debut at Southwell, is far from one of the leading lights in the yard but will be all the better for his initial experience when he tackles the Best Racing Blogs On Maiden Hurdle at Towcester.

The Venetia Williams-trained Gorgehous Lliege was backed as if a bold run was expected in a good race at Haydock last time out but he disappointed. …

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