Lis­ten to Mother

Foot The Bill (4/1) and The­atri­cal Style (3/1) from Jeremy Grayson’s March selections have al­ready scored next-time wins. Th­ese lat­est selections are trusted to do the same

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2m175yds 0-110 CJ Hand­i­cap Hur­dle (class 4)

A two-length third to a very fea­si­bly treated Pipe horse and a sub­se­quent win­ner with the rest nearly a dis­tance be­hind marks this ef­fort out as a re­turn to form for MOTHER MEL­DRUM, and one which might even have gar­nered a closer fin­ish but for her get­ting badly caught in the back­wash some in­ter­fer­ence at an early flight.

Here, as when record­ing a C&D novice hur­dle third just over a year ear­lier, the pos­i­tives of the Mi­lan mare’s ev­i­dent ef­fec­tive­ness around this venue were tem­pered a lit­tle by the sense that a longer trip is go­ing to be ap­pre­ci­ated sooner rather than later; a sense given ex­tra cre­dence by the dam’s re­la­tion to the likes of Gaye Brief,Gaye Chance and Kings­mark.

Al­ready ten­ta­tively tried once over fences this term, last­ing only as far as the fifth, don’t be sur­prised if Vic­tor Dart­nall has an­other crack at the big­ger ob­sta­cles with his seven-year-old as soon as the new sea­son starts eight weeks hence; equally, don’t be sur­prised if she proves ca­pa­ble of go­ing closer still upped in trip over hur­dles be­fore that even­tu­al­ity.

CARLISLE, MARCH 10 (SOFT) 2m3f61yds NH Novices’Hur­dle (class 4)

Out of a hur­dles win­ner over 2m4f and be­yond, the step up to to­day’s dis­tance was al­ways go­ing to suit WA­ZOWSKI bet­ter than the 2m1f of his race­course de­but here pre­vi­ously.Whilst not putting him on the floor again,how­ever,the jump­ing is­sues of that first run were once more ev­i­dent here, and a 14-length third to two high-120s rated ri­vals (the first of whom ran at least up to his best, and pos­si­bly be­yond) was a use­ful per­for­mance con­sid­er­ing those ba­sics were not all got right.

Bred by for­mer trainer Norma Twomey and pur­chased as a three-year-old way back in 2012, Don­ald McCain’s son of Over­bury has pre­sum­ably had his is­sues but looks good enough to make up for lost time in mod­er­ate close-sea­son north­ern novice hur­dles,as­sum­ing greater alacrity comes with fur­ther prac­tice; per­haps a form of con­cen­tra­tion aid may help in the short term.

2m1f 0-120 Hand­i­cap Hur­dle (class 4)

ASH PARK’s Ir­ish Point­ing form fre­quently verged on the eye-wa­ter­ing,with nine out of 14 runs in that sphere re­sult­ing in non­com­ple­tions, and it’s per­haps telling that Stu­art Coltherd hasn’t been minded to send the Mi­lan geld­ing be­tween the flags in this coun­try de­spite wife Les­ley and rider son Sam both highly ac­tive in that sphere at present.

The smaller ob­sta­cles and shorter trip of to­day’s hand­i­cap hur­dle de­but suited the eight-year-old down to the ground, how­ever, with the three-parts of a length win­ning ver­dict ar­guably flat­ter­ing his clos­est ri­vals con­sid­er­ing he was al­ways hold­ing on with a cer­tain de­gree of com­fort. Hail­ing from a yard en­joy­ing a fruit­ful March (of­ten a good month for it) through

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