Ri­ta­sun set to shine...

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

RI­TA­SUN has so far re­served his best ef­forts for an all-weather sur­face and he can add a third win to his ca­reer tally as he re­turns to ac­tion in the totepool­live­info.com Hand­i­cap at Chelms­ford.

The three-year-old was tried three times on the turf in 2015 but af­ter com­ing up well short on all oc­ca­sions, Richard Han­non un­der­stand­ably turned his at­ten­tions to the syn­thetic sur­faces later in the year, with Ri­ta­sun step­ping up to the mark when scor­ing at Wolver­hamp­ton last Novem­ber.

While he could not follow up back at Dun­stall Park on Box­ing Day, Ri­ta­sun soon got his head in front again when win­ning at South­well in Jan­uary be­fore hav­ing to set­tle for sec­ond be­hind sub­se­quent Listed win­ner Nezwaah at Wolver­hamp­ton back in Fe­bru­ary.

Ob­vi­ously that three-and-a-halflength de­feat looks a fine ef­fort in ret­ro­spect and given he has been off the track since that out­ing, it would ap­pear Ri­ta­sun has been rested up for an all-weather cam­paign this win­ter.

Rac­ing off a mark of 78 here, Ri­ta­sun clearly has to over­come his lack of a re­cent run, but he could well prove up to the task.

Ebbes­bourne is worth watch­ing as she makes her race­course bow in the to­te­ex­acta Maiden Fil­lies’ Stakes.

Sir Michael Stoute trains this Te­ofilo filly for owner-breeder James Wi­gan and she is part of a very use­ful fam­ily in­deed with the likes of Ea­gle Moun­tain, Dank and Sulk among her near rel­a­tives. Her dam, Eb­ble, was not much to write home about but did man­age an all-weather win dur­ing her short rac­ing ca­reer and that must bode well for this filly.

Cartwright is bound to be a pop­u­lar choice in the Al­teryx Hand­i­cap at New­cas­tle but it is hard to op­pose a horse who ran out an 18-length win­ner last week. A son of High Cha­parral out of Group One win­ner One So Mar­vel­lous, con­nec­tions might have hoped to have had a Clas­sic con­tender taken solely on his sales page.

A 160,000 guineas pur­chase in 2014, Cartwright failed to set the world alight in three starts last year but has hit his groove this term, im­prov­ing for a step up to mid­dle dis­tance trips to win at both Lingfield and Carlisle in Au­gust.

A slightly lack­lus­tre ef­fort at Chelms­ford in early Septem­ber was soon for­got­ten at Pon­te­fract last time when he kicked for home a cou­ple of fur­longs out over a mile and a half to win in style in an ap­pren­tice heat.

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