Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Horsted Looks a Hot Prospect

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Horsted Looks a Hot Prospect

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Byline: Naomi Matthew Racing Correspondent

HORSTED Keynes has done very little wrong during his relatively short career and is a confident pick in the Riverside Rentals At Horning Handicap at Yarmouth.

The son of Giant's Causeway has clearly shown plenty to his trainer Roger Varian since day one as he was a heavily-backed favourite for his juvenile debut at Wolverhampton 18 months ago. Although the money went west, the youngster could hardly have run a more promising race in defeat, doing pretty much everything wrong in the early part of the contest before flying home to go down by a diminishing nose.

It was no surprise to see him go one place better at Kempton a couple of weeks later and he appeared to be a really exciting prospect for connections to go to war with as a three-year-old.

For whatever reason, he did not surface in 2013 until September, but it was worth the wait as he dotted up in a Wolverhampton handicap before again striking with a degree of comfort in better company at Lingfield.

He was unable to complete the hat-trick at Kempton in November, but ran a fine race to finish third behind Common Touch and Chookie Royale, with the latter now rated 107 on the all-weather and 111 on turf.

Horsted Keynes makes his return to action off a mark of 89, which is undoubtedly workable, and it is no surprise Varian has decided to bring his charge to a track where conditions are invariably on the quick side, as his breeding suggests he ought to excel when the ground is lively.

The Brendan Powell-trained Uncle Dermot has kicked off the turf season in excellent form and sets the standard in the ROA Owners Jackpot Handicap at Nottingham.

The six-year-old rounded off the last campaign with a smart all-the-way victory at Yarmouth and although a mid-winter effort on the all-weather at Southwell was less inspiring, he appears to have benefited from a break and a return to the grass.

A comeback third at Leicester at the start of this month was perfectly satisfactory and he built on that with another domination of his rivals from the front at Brighton the other day. …

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