Gor­ing can rise to task

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

GOR­ING should not be dis­counted when he takes an in­trigu­ing de­scent in class at Sal­is­bury.

The four-year-old hardly looks a hand­i­cap snip, but did enough at Ayr last time to war­rant sup­port in the Al­ford In­vest­ments Ltd Hand­i­cap.

Eve John­son Houghton’s in­mate won a bet­ter race than this at Wind­sor on Au­gust 1, but rather strug­gled in two sub­se­quent starts that month.

But the ar­gu­ment that he was now ham­strung by the asses­sor had to be tem­pered as he flashed home with pur­pose in a class two sprint hand­i­cap at the Western meet­ing.

Gor­ing re­ally caught the eye in­side the fi­nal fur­long, even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing fifth to Clas­sic Se­nior­ity and only two and a quar­ter lengths away from the win­ner.

That per­for­mance failed to im­press the hand­i­cap­per, though, who has opted to re­lieve him of a pound.

The son of Areion is now just 3lb higher than when he looked so sharp at Wind­sor, while the reap­point­ment of Tom Mar­quand is no bad thing, ei­ther.

Gor­ing has won be­fore with ease in the ground so the re­cent rain­fall at the track would not have been greeted with too much dis­may by his ca­pa­ble trainer.

Wind­s­hear has had a bit of a night­mare this year, but prover­bial green shoots of re­cov­ery were spot­ted on his last spin at Don­caster.

Once rated 112 and fourth in the 2014 St Leger, those hal­cyon days now seem an aw­fully long time ago as he has not won since March 2015.

The five-year-old geld­ing, trained by Richard Han­non, did a great deal bet­ter at Don­caster’s St Leger meet­ing when he fin­ished third in a solid hand­i­cap over an ex­tended 10 fur­longs.

Wind­s­hear was ad­mit­tedly out­classed by Mount Lo­gan when push came to shove, but that was a big im­prove­ment on pre­vi­ous ef­forts this year.

Han­non’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive runs in the Weather­bys Hamil­ton Hand­i­cap off a mark of 93, so his chance is ob­vi­ous if that Don­caster run has in­stilled into him a greater sense of pur­pose.

First-time blink­ers might do for Ban­ish in the 32Red Hand­i­cap at Kemp­ton.

The three-year-old geld­ing has a ten­dency to blow up once the traps rip open - as ev­i­denced on his last four out­ings - but he is not de­void of abil­ity.

Bedrock has fin­ished sec­ond on his last two starts - not be­cause of any­thing un­to­ward, it would seem - and would be an ut­terly de­serv­ing win­ner of the KFE School Of Fry­ing Ex­cel­lence Hand­i­cap at Not­ting­ham.

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