Imshivalla’s time is here
IMSHIVALLA can make a belated return to the winner’s enclosure if she runs to somewhere near her best form at Redcar.
The likeable mare from Richard Fahey’s yard has been a bit hit and miss since she won a nice prize at Epsom in June.
But she showed a little more vim at Ayr last time and must be recognised as more than a bit-part player for the Muriel Noddings Birthday Celebration Handicap over a mile and a quarter.
Despite having disappointed in a Listed race at the Western Meeting in Scotland, Imshivalla responded purposefully just two days later to finish a close third in a class two handicap.
That was a really bold effort from the front and one that must give Fahey plenty of optimism with this race in mind.
The five-year-old daughter of Acclamation is 2lb higher in the weights than when she won son handsomely at Epsom, but that is hardly an insurmountable burden.
With a bit of dig in the ground practically a given for this time of year, even in spite of the unseasonably dry spell, hopes are high that Imshivalla can sign off from the turf season with a bit of a flourish.
Mazzini is respected in the 32Red. com Handicap at Kempton.
A good third at Ascot in September, having previously endured horrid luck at Yarmouth, James Fanshawe’s threeyear-old is now back on the all-weather trail.
The manner in which he won a fair race at Newcastle in August is an important snippet of form when it comes to assessing this six-furlong test.
Solid all-weather yardstick Top Boy, a sound runner-up at Chelmsford, should not be overlooked in the Betway Sprint Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Garde La Victoire can add his name to an illustrious roll of honour in the 188Bet Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter.
The Grade Two handicap chase has been claimed by some seriously sharpshooters in recent times, with the likes of Best Mate, Azertyuiop and Cue Card on the scoresheet.
Now might be the moment for Garde La Victoire to make a genuine statement of intent for the Philip Hobbs operation.
The second-season chaser is a lovely horse, but his impressive CV was tarnished last spring when he fell at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals.
That is obviously not great, but it must be remembered that he was well in contention in the JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham when he came to grief four fences from home.
He was probably still in with a shout at Aintree, too, before his story ended with a low and awkward leap during the Manifesto Novices’ Chase.
Garde La Victoire was given time off to recuperate but looked the essence of vitality upon his return to the fray at Ffos Las, when, one mistake aside, he coolly claimed gold in the Welsh Champion Hurdle.
With conditions likely to be perfect for him, Garde La Victoire, who has reportedly been schooling like a dream at home, should also be ideally suited by a stiff track like Exeter.