This Queen can reign

Elsworth young­ster will make her mark in hand­i­caps

Racing Ahead - - PICKS FROM THE PADDOCK -

post. He lacked the rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to han­dle win­ning favourite Easter Mate (made all), but kept on en­cour­ag­ingly to nab se­cond de­spite lug­ging left in the straight.The John­ston yard is start­ing to hit top form and this like­able colt is nailed on to win a race or two.

KEMP­TON MARCH 2 (STAN­DARD) 1m3f hand­i­cap (Class 4) Use­ful form

QUAL­ITY SONG (Richard Hughes) seems to have thrived phys­i­cally since be­ing gelded and hav­ing a short break af­ter a busy pe­riod in mid-win­ter (ran three times in a month). He was never re­ally in prime po­si­tion in a con­test dom­i­nated by those that raced to the fore, but still recorded a per­sonal best in third. Qual­ity Song re­mains el­i­gi­ble for 0-75s af­ter this (he’s rated 75) and would be hard to beat if dropped back into that grade next time.

6f hand­i­cap (Class 5) Pro­gres­sive win­ner

THE BIG LAD (Richard Hughes) is a re­ally scopey in­di­vid­ual who main­tained his un­beaten record with an­other cosy suc­cess. He’s bet­ter than the bare re­sult im­plies – had to over­come a bad draw and ran green un­der pres­sure – and looks a night­mare for the hand­i­cap­per to as­sess as he does no more than the bare min­i­mum to win. A new mark of 81 is a con­ser­va­tive view of The Big Lad’s po­ten­tial and he re­mains one to fol­low.

LING­FIELD MARCH 5 (STAN­DARD) 1m hand­i­cap (Class 2) Fair form

UN­FOR­GIV­ING MINUTE (Gary Moore) came here boast­ing a per­fect 4-4 record on Poly­track and looked in tremen­dous shape af­ter a short spell in Dubai. He could not quite reel-in the smart front-run­ner Mister Uni­verse (suc­cess­ful in a hot Listed race since), but emerged from the race with great credit by fin­ish­ing se­cond.Un­for­giv­ing Minute could be equally ef­fec­tive over 1m2f and will surely be placed to ad­van­tage by his shrewd trainer this spring.

7f three-year-old Listed (Class 1) Messy race

ABE LIN­COLN (Jeremy Noseda) looked fully fit on this re­turn from a 105-day break and needed to score in or­der to book his place for the three-year-old fi­nal on All Weather Cham­pi­onship Day.Un­for­tu­nate-

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