Badri looks to score again for Hills at Ling­field

The Citizen (KZN) - - Racing Express - Lon­don

– Badri has the look of a good thing to­day in the Lad­brokes ``Play 1-2-Free'' On Foot­ball Hand­i­cap at Ling­field.

Char­lie Hills' colt struck at his third at­tempt in a novice event over 200m shorter than this trip at the same course last month.

That con­vinc­ing success came in a first-time tongue tie, which is re­tained, and Badri has fine prospects of dou­bling up on his hand­i­cap de­but.

He starts out in this sphere off a rat­ing of 80, and there is ev­ery rea­son on the ba­sis of his achieve­ments so far that he will be able to han­dle and soon ex­ceed this com­pany.

Badri beat an odds-on favourite, and con­sis­tent bench­mark, into third last time - and has ap­peared to be cry­ing out for this slight step up in trip.

He will need to con­sol­i­date his cur­rent rate of im­prove­ment but faces noth­ing with the same up­ward pro­file among his seven ri­vals.

Es­trela Star is highly likely to con­tinue his rapid progress in the open­ing Play 4 To Score At Bet­way Hand­i­cap.

Ali Stronge's geld­ing fin­ished full of run­ning, and ev­i­dently pretty pleased with him­self, when he bagged his sec­ond win in a week at Chelms­ford's ex­tra meet­ing on Tues­day.

The Berk­shire trainer is happy to send him to the races again, just three days later, and Es­trela Star can make light of the dou­ble penalty against largely ex­posed op­po­si­tion and bring up the swift hat-trick af­ter hit­ting such a rich vein of form.

Makram looked a win­ner in wait­ing as run­ner-up on his race­course de­but at Kempton early last month.

Slowly away, he fin­ished with a flour­ish and at­tracted all the right com­ments.

Roger Charl­ton has al­lowed 41 days for the ex­pe­ri­ence to sink in, and Makram should be ready to prove he has learned how to win in the Bom­bardier Bri­tish Hopped Am­ber Beer Novice Stakes.

Saint De Vassy is still a maiden but may well be able to break his duck in the 'Ubique' Hand­i­cap Chase at Sandown.

Tom Sy­monds' lightly raced seven-year-old looked a chaser in the mak­ing all last sea­son - and af­ter a blip on his first at­tempt in this sphere at Chep­stow, he was much bet­ter when dropped back to 3200m at Here­ford last time.

He could never quite get to grips with the front-run­ning win­ner but kept on well enough in sec­ond to sug­gest an­other op­por­tu­nity at the min­i­mum dis­tance - es­pe­cially on this much stiffer course - is very much worth­while.

Saint De Vassy was a grad­ual im­prover over hur­dles, and re­ally should be able to win off this mark and higher as a chaser.

Faire Part Sivola has al­ready scored twice in just four Rules starts and could be about to make it three from five in the Bet­way 'Na­tional Hunt' Novices' Hur­dle. –

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