Se­nior­ity to pull rank...

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

CLAS­SIC SE­NIOR­ITY can defy his ris­ing rat­ing and bring up a hat-trick in the Crispy Cod Knowsley Road Hand­i­cap at Hay­dock.

The four-year-old has seen plenty of rac­ing with 37 out­ings un­der his belt so far and with eight wins on his record, Clas­sic Se­nior­ity is far from a back-num­ber and now sits on a ca­reer-high rat­ing of 90.

That is ob­vi­ously a stiff enough mark, but his re­cent vic­tory in the Bronze Cup at Ayr showed just what he is ca­pa­ble of as he re­pelled all chal­lengers to claim a fa­mous suc­cess for Mar­jorie Fife. That win sup­ple­mented his pre­vi­ous ver­dict over seven fur­longs at Ch­ester, demon­strat­ing an ad­mirable ver­sa­til­ity in terms of trip in the process.

Clas­sic Se­nior­ity has gone up a to­tal of 10lb in the last month for those two wins but he is clearly in the form of his life and make hay while his con­fi­dence is rid­ing high.

Rais­ing Sand cer­tainly seems to have been a shrewd buy for cur­rent con­nec­tions and he can main­tain his ex­cel­lent record of two wins and a sec­ond in the David Smith Fa­mous Christ­mas Par­ties Hand­i­cap.

This son of Oa­sis Dream hails from the fa­mous fam­ily of Re­pro­color but after win­ning one of four starts for Roger Var­ian, he was sent to the sales in July and was snapped up by his new own­ers for just 16,000 guineas.

That looked money well spent as he promptly won first time out for Jamie Os­borne later that month, be­fore claim­ing a fair sec­ond in Au­gust and an­other vic­tory last month.

Week­ender can be­come the lat­est win­ning son of Frankel in the first di­vi­sion of the St He­lens Win­dows EBF Maiden Stakes.

His dam, Very Good News, is a daugh­ter of su­per­mare Hasili and counts the likes of Banks Hill, Dan­sili and Cacique among her many top­class sib­lings.

Week­ender will be mak­ing his race­course bow for John Gos­den here and with such a pedi­gree, con­nec­tions must surely be hope­ful of vic­tory.

Gun Case can make the most of a drop back in trip in Di­vi­sion One of the Rac­ing UK In Glo­ri­ous HD Hand­i­cap at Red­car after seem­ingly find­ing a mile a touch too far at New­cas­tle last time.

Con­versely, Pa­per Faces should ap­pre­ci­ate mov­ing up to a mile in the Jew­sons Durham Fil­lies’ Hand­i­cap at New­cas­tle.

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