Cap­tain ready to take charge in Wolves run

South Wales Echo - - CLASSIFIED -

CAP­TAIN DION can get his 2017 cam­paign off to the best pos­si­ble start by lift­ing the Bet­way Hand­i­cap at Wolver­hamp­ton.

Kevin Ryan’s charge was last seen on De­cem­ber 30 when he failed to see out the year in style as he could fin­ish only fourth in a six-fur­long heat at New­cas­tle.

The four-year-old pos­si­bly did not thrive on the straight track at Gos­forth Park, but still ran with credit to be beaten just a length and a half af­ter try­ing to make all.

His front-run­ning style had pre­vi­ously been seen to much bet­ter ef­fect at Chelms­ford, where he dom­i­nated from the off and pow­ered home by two lengths.

Cap­tain Dion seemed to en­joy rac­ing round a bend that day and a sim­i­lar set up here should help his chances of re­gain­ing the win­ning thread.

Pri­som went down by just a head last time, but com­pen­sa­tion awaits in the sun­ Down­load The App Hand­i­cap.

She is clearly no world beater hav­ing won just one of her 10 starts to date, but she is in good heart at present and would not have to be too spe­cial to win here.

Free Zone has been pretty con­sis­tent so far this win­ter and can keep up the good work in Ling­field’s Bet­way Best Odds Guar­an­teed Plus Claim­ing Stakes.

Placed on four of his last five starts, Lee Carter has a good grasp of the eight-yearold’s level now and this switch down in com­pany is sure to give him a bit of a boost.

Zain Arion cre­ated a 16-1 shock last month and is the one to side with in the 32Red Fil­lies’ Hand­i­cap.

Off the track since Au­gust, Zain Arion had trans­ferred to John But­ler’s yard from the care of Char­lie Fel­lowes and promptly made an ideal start for the new han­dler.

It would be rea­son­able to ex­pect Zain Arion to ben­e­fit from that first run in four months, so a 3lb rise might prove to be quite le­nient.

Tem­plier was rated as highly as 80 at one point on the Flat and af­ter mak­ing a seam­less tran­si­tion to the hur­dles ranks, he must be fol­lowed in the Equimark Horse­boxes Sport Pro Chat­teris Fen Ju­ve­nile Hur­dle at Hunt­ing­don.

Trained by Mark John­ston on the level, Tem­plier won one of his 13 starts, claim­ing a Mus­sel­burgh stay­ing event in Au­gust of last year.

Sub­se­quently snapped up for #16,500 at the Don­caster sales last Septem­ber, Gary Moore gave his new re­cruit a spin on the all-weather in Novem­ber be­fore switch­ing his sights to the Na­tional Hunt game.

Tem­plier made an in­stant im­pres­sion at Plump­ton, see­ing off older ri­vals by up­wards of eight lengths in what was a fair novices event with­out re­ally hav­ing to hit top gear.

This con­test rep­re­sents another step up the lad­der but Tem­plier can rise to the oc­ca­sion.

O O Seven takes a dip in class for the Equimark Horse­boxes. The UK’s Premier Horse­boxes Limited Novices’ Hand­i­cap Chase af­ter let­ting down his sup­port­ers at Don­caster last time.

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