Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Punters Put on War Footing as Balding Seeks Double Delight

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Punters Put on War Footing as Balding Seeks Double Delight

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Byline: Naomi Matthew Racing Correspondent

WAR Of Art can emerge victorious from what appears to be a trappy heat in the Betdaq 1st UK Race Commission Free Handicap at Kempton.

The three-year-old will be having a first crack in handicap company after claiming his maiden at the second attempt at Lingfield earlier this month.

He finished sixth behind the reopposing Jalingo on his racecourse bow but ran very green that day and appeared to be much wiser for the experience when recording a near threelength verdict at the Surrey venue last time.

War Of Art clearly appreciated the step up to a mile that day and while Tom Dascombe might have liked a lower starting point than a mark of 78, it looks a workable perch with a horse that should really be progressing with every outing. Andrew Balding can make two visits to the winner's enclosure with both Pool House and Alumina fancied to go well.

Pool House looks to arrest a frustrating run of second places in the Betdaq - The Sports Betting Exchange Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

The three-year-old has had to settle for the runner-up spot on his last three outings, most recently when beaten just a neck as an odds-on favourite at Lingfield back in November.

He was running on at the finish and perhaps having been tried over the minimum trip there, stepping back up to six furlongs is more suitable.

Alumina is another who hit the bar when last seen and should go well again in the second division of the Mix Business With Pleasure At Kempton Handicap.

She was beaten just over two lengths off a mark of 55 earlier this month and given the handicapper has dropped her 3lb subsequently, Alumina could be on a nice mark.

Corporal Maddox continues to give his best and he can gain just reward in the Winners Are Welcome At Betdaq Handicap.

The seven-year-old scored on turf at the Curragh last summer and while eight subsequent starts have failed to yield a win, he has made the frame on more than one occasion and is assured of putting up a decent show. …

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