Line can leave ri­vals be­hind at Chelmsford

Coventry Telegraph - - SPORT -

CROSS­ING THE LINE can do so ahead of her five ri­vals in Chelmsford’s Bet totet­ri­fecta At tote­s­port. com Hand­i­cap.

An­drew Bald­ing’s filly re­turns to the Polytrack with an air of un­fin­ished busi­ness, hav­ing ex­celled with back-to-back sum­mer wins on turf since go­ing very close in a valu­able hand­i­cap at this track in June.

Since that course-and-dis­tance neck sec­ond, she has upped the ante with vic­to­ries at Ch­ester and York which have earned her a 9lb rat­ings rise in all.

She banked al­most £44,000 for con­nec­tions at the Knavesmire in Au­gust, earn­ing her­self a de­served break be­fore this re­turn for a win­ter cam­paign.

Cross­ing The Line has yet to win on this sur­face, hav­ing also fin­ished run­ner-up - by just a head on that oc­ca­sion - in a novice event over six fur­longs at Ling­field in May on her only other at­tempt.

She was thought good enough last year for a shot at the Group One Cheve­ley Park Stakes, in which she fin­ished a 12-length 10th of 11 to Clem­mie.

At three, the Cape Cross filly has un­doubt­edly found her niche at seven fur­longs and with David Probert back on board to try to add to their two suc­cesses to­gether so far, al­beit one in the stew­ards’ room af­ter yet an­other close sec­ond, they should be in busi­ness again.

Half-an-hour ear­lier in the Bet tote­quad­pot At tote­s­ Hand­i­cap, Restive Spirit can cause a stir.

It may not fill ev­ery­one with con­fi­dence that Wil­liam Hag­gas is putting the cheek­pieces on this geld­ing for the first time, or that Restive Spirit has had an 11-week break since his first ex­pe­ri­ence of the all-weather here in mid-Septem­ber.

He is not ob­vi­ously well-treated either in re­la­tion to the re­op­pos­ing Fir­ma­ment, who beat him by two and a half lengths that day.

Pre­vi­ously, how­ever, at Ripon the three-year-old had com­fort­ably got the bet­ter of sub­se­quent York scorer Aquar­ium – bare form which en­ti­tles him to be highly com­pet­i­tive here, whether the head­gear brings about fur­ther im­prove­ment or not.

Global Won­der dis­cov­ered the win­ning knack at his 17th and most re­cent at­tempt - and can de­mon­strate it was no fluke in the Bet to­te­ex­acta At tote­s­ Hand­i­cap.

Gay Kelle­way’s geld­ing showed a tena­cious at­ti­tude to break his duck at Kempton last month when he re­sponded to be­ing headed by pro­duc­ing a re­newed and telling ef­fort to win by half a length.

The hand­i­cap­per has pre­scribed a 3lb rise - but if Global Won­der is in the same mood, he can win again in this com­pany.

Over jumps at Win­can­ton, Print­ing Dol­lars can prove a sound in­vest­ment in the Hunts Food Ser­vice Mares’ Maiden Hur­dle.

Her con­nec­tions love a de­cent mare, and Print­ing Dol­lars has al­ready proved she is ex­actly that with vic­tory at the first at­tempt for them in a War­wick bumper last month.

Un­beaten af­ter also win­ning an Ir­ish point-to-point in the spring, the five-year-old is an ob­vi­ous can­di­date to take in­stantly to this new dis­ci­pline as well.

Some Chaos is also chas­ing a hat­trick in the Weather­bys Rac­ing Bank Silver Buck Hand­i­cap Chase.

Michael Scu­d­amore’s for­mer Ir­ish pointer went up 20lb in all for im­pres­sive wins at Ban­gor and Mar­ket Rasen for his new sta­ble.

The indi­ca­tions so far are that the seven-year-old fully de­served his re­assess­ment.

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