Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Excess Success; Easterby Colt Well Able off This Weight in Super Sprint Buckwheat's Ripe to Strike

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Excess Success; Easterby Colt Well Able off This Weight in Super Sprint Buckwheat's Ripe to Strike

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Byline: Garry Owen

THE bigger the field ... you know the rest, and with 25 runners going to post for the Super Sprint at Newbury, they don't come any bigger.

My 'certainty' to complete the old racing maxim TURN TO P2 FROM PAGE ONE is Tim Easterby's handsome chestnut EXCESSABLE (3.45).

The North Yorkshire handler certainly knows what it takes to win this cavalry charge having struck three times with Flanders in 1998, Good Girl in 2001 and Body And Soul three years ago.

Tim was playing it low key yesterday and said: "Excessable's form got a boost the other day at York when the horse who beat him at Beverley (Lydia's Place), won again and we were giving her lumps of weight. This has been the plan with him since day one, so let's hope it comes off."

To put some flesh on those bones, Excessable was trying to give Richard Guest's filly 13lb only to go down by a neck. The winner went on to land a hat-trick in a York nursery off a mark of 87 despite almost parting company with her rider when the saddle slipped soon after the start.

Duran Fentiman steps in for the ride on the nap and you couldn't ask for a more able lightweight pilot. Carrying 9-7 last time as opposed to a mere 8-3 today, Excessable will think he's running free. Given luck in running, that big white blaze shouldn't be far away.

Plenty of exposed fillies in the handicap but SEALIFE (2.00) can build on her debut victory at Windsor. The beautifully bred daughter of Sea The Stars showed signs of inexperience, but quickened up nicely for Pat Cosgrave and though she faces a much tougher task here, she looks a very promising prospect.

CONSORT (2.35) looks sure to go off at short odds but I don't fancy opposing the Highclereowned grey. After winning his first two starts for Stoute at HQ and Sandown, he was pitched into the St James's Palace at the Royal meeting. …

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