Dan looks good to dazzle once again at Don­caster meet

Evening Times - - SPORT -

DAZ­ZLING Dan will, hope­fully, bid a suc­cess­ful farewell to the English rac­ing scene in di­vi­sion one of the Maiden Stakes over seven fur­longs of ‘good’ ground Don­caster to­day, on a fit­ting oc­ca­sion, last day of the 2018 turf flat-rac­ing sea­son!

Can you be­lieve it’s nigh on eight months since the cur­rent cam­paign kicked off with vic­tory for Mick Chan­non’s Izzer in the 2-y-o Brock­lesby Stakes?

Our fi­nal rest­ing places have ob­vi­ously been or­gan­ised and read­ied; time is ab­so­lutely fly­ing but we sol­dier on and make his­tory by our achieve­ments or what­ever; point­less wor­ry­ing about some­thing that may never hap­pen, as my late, great ‘Mam’ used to say, even though it will!

Cur­rent fo­cus will be on a ‘Daz­zling’ dis­play and Peter­bor­ough trainer, Pam Sly, in the Town Moor win­ners’ en­clo­sure along­side the thrice-raced, 86-rated Dandy Man geld­ing, which posted a use­ful time-hand­i­cap mark twelve days ago at Leicester in sim­i­lar con­di­tions.

Re­al­is­ti­cally Daz­zling Dan (below) had no chance with Richard Han­non-trained Watan but ran on well to fin­ish a cred­itable sec­ond, beaten just over three lengths off the 103-rated win­ner, a graded prospect next year.

Pam was de­lighted, Daz­zling Dan ‘needed’ the run and now he’s ready to go one bet­ter against op­po­si­tion which needs to im­prove con­sid­er­ably if my se­lec­tion repli­cates ei­ther of his last two marks.

In­ci­den­tally ‘Dan’ has been sold, pro­vid­ing ‘win­ning brack­ets’ are achieved and so you will be on a dead-set trier.

Han­non sad­dles once-raced Purbeck, ex­pected to im­prove but in di­vi­sion two ex­pec­ta­tion is much higher for con­sis­tent, hith­erto luck­less, clear’best-in’ Chatham House to make if fifth time lucky un­der Rossa Ryan, now without an ap­pren­tice claim but des­tined for a suc­cess­ful ca­reer, with his ‘Boss!’

Hochfield, pre­ferred of Mark John­ston’s dec­la­ra­tions for the 23-run­ner No­vem­ber Hand­i­cap over twelve fur­longs, and mount of ‘PJ’ McDon­ald, comes into this fi­nal cur­tain fea­ture off the back of a ‘ca­reer-best’ time-hand­i­cap mark only twelve days ago; that is the big­gest of many boxes which this five-year-old geld­ing ticks!

‘Johnno’ also en­tered ‘Ces’ flop, Mak­ing Mir­a­cles, but Hochfield is way su­pe­rior on our TH rat­ings, judged on his short-head de­feat over a sim­i­lar dis­tance at Leicester; fail­ing to get up might prove to be a bless­ing in dis­guise, a win­ner without a penalty no less in a 70000 hand­i­cap; Mark knows that!

Don­caster, 12.20 Daz­zling Dan (nap-e.w); 12.55 Chatham House (e.w); 3.15 Hochfield (e.w).

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