On a Roll for Ffos Las win­ner

Sunday Sun - - Racing -

PETER BOWEN is ea­ger to run Rolling Maul in next month’s Ce­sare­witch, so he can be re­lied upon to be fir­ing on all cylin­ders as he shoots for a penalty at Ffos Las on Sun­day.

New­mar­ket’s two-and-a-quar­ter­mile event looks an ideal op­por­tu­nity for this dual-pur­pose per­former but he needs to clock up a penalty be­fore even com­ing close to mak­ing the cut.

There­fore it is rea­son­able to ex­pect Bowen will have Rolling Maul in top trim ahead of the Army Cadets Wales Sup­port­ing NSPCC Schools Ser­vice Hand­i­cap over two miles.

The nine-year-old, who Bowen thinks has lost his con­fi­dence over jumps, is seem­ingly thriv­ing for a switch in dis­ci­pline and is go­ing for a four-timer on the level here fol­low­ing an ear­lier win at this track as well as suc­cesses at Bath and New­mar­ket.

It was nip and tuck on that lat­ter oc­ca­sion as Rolling Maul only just pre­vailed by a head, but the hand­i­cap­per clearly liked what he saw as he hiked him 6lb for that run.

That leaves Rolling Maul on a mark of 85, but given he has shoul­dered Na­tional Hunt weights in the past, a bur­den just short of 10st will hardly feel too heavy.

Added to that his use­ful claimer Joshua Bryan takes 5lb off again, leav­ing Rolling Maul poised for an­other suc­cess.

Lore­lina turned in a fair ef­fort to fin­ish sec­ond last time and can im­prove on that in the Ir­ish Stal­lion Farms EBF Fil­lies’ Hand­i­cap.

An­drew Bald­ing’s charge clearly likes a bit of cut in the ground and should have con­di­tions to suit at the Welsh venue.

She was beaten by a Godol­phin favourite at Ep­som on her most re­cent out­ing but given that was her first start for 79 days, it would be rea­son­able to ex­pect a bit of im­prove­ment for the run.

The switch up to a mile and a first start in hand­i­cap com­pany can see The Bear Can Fly in the best pos­si­ble light.

David Menuisier’s charge has fallen short in three maiden out­ings so far, but the BBI Group Sup­port­ing Childline Wales Fil­lies’ Hand­i­cap looks an em­i­nently winnable op­por­tu­nity.

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