Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Something about Mary; Yorkshire Trainer Has All the Right Components

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Something about Mary; Yorkshire Trainer Has All the Right Components

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THE last rites for another Flat season on turf will be played out at Doncaster tomorrow - and if the weathermen have read their charts right it won't be a pretty sight.

With further heavy rain forecast to fall on top of ground that is already officially described as heavy it doesn't take an Einstein to work out what conditions will be like by the time the field for the Tote Scoop6 November Handicap goes to post.

It could be a case of last man standing in a gruelling test of stamina, and if that's the case then Tees Components will be well equipped to give his followers an excellent run for their money.

Yorkshire trainer Mary Reveley has welcomed every drop of rain that has fallen for this unexposed seven-year-old, who put a disappointing performance on fast ground in the Cesarewitch well behind him last week by sluicing up after the rains arrived in another Newmarket handicap.

That race was over two miles, but Tees Components isn't short of speed and, in any case, this mile and a half will almost certainly ride like two miles after the best part of 200 horses have pounded their way across Town Moor today and tomorrow.

A maximum field of 24 contains plenty more mudlarks, including the well-backed Capitano Corelli, but Kieren Fallon's mount lacks experience for a slog like this and needs to improve again if he's to defy a sharp weight rise imposed for his recent course and distance win.

Collier Hill looks potentially better value at around 14-1 given his good run of form and proven ability to handle the mud.

Red Wine is another progressive sort who should cope with the ground, but Tees Components is still a fresh horse after just two runs this autumn and can end what has been a quiet season for the Reveley team on the best possible note.

Conditions for a fine jumping card on Channel 4 at Down Royal will also be very demanding if the rain continues, and that could play a key role in deciding the outcome of the James Nicholson Wine Merchants Championship Chase. …

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