Aguerooo to hit tar­get

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

AGUEROOO can score be­neath the Wolver­hamp­ton flood­lights on what could be a chal­leng­ing night for pun­ters.

Eight races of vary­ing de­grees of dif­fi­culty present many is­sues for Dun­stall Park race­go­ers.

But Aguerooo did enough over this course and dis­tance to sug­gest he could have a solid chance in the fea­ture event, the Bet­way Hand­i­cap.

The gelded son of Mon­sieur Bond tends to run in hot streaks, hav­ing won three on the spin last win­ter.

He also dou­bled up at Ling­field ear­lier this year in the man­ner of a pro­gres­sive an­i­mal.

The Richard Han­non-trained three­year-old strug­gled in four sub­se­quent out­ings, after which he was sent to Wolver­hamp­ton for a six-fur­long sprint on Oc­to­ber 1.

Not a lot was seem­ingly ex­pected of him - he was sent on his way at odds of 33-1- but he ac­tu­ally did quite nicely from off the pace.

Aguerooo stayed on earnestly in the hands of Tom Mar­quand to fin­ish fourth, beaten three and a quar­ter lengths by Dougan, who won a nice race in Ire­land on his last out­ing.

He again has a wide draw at Wolver­hamp­ton, but Han­non will surely see this as a nice op­por­tu­nity now he has got his game to­gether, while the ap­point­ment of Adam Kirby can be viewed as a state­ment of in­tent.

Fro­zon should be avail­able at gen­er­ous enough odds in the Bet­way App Hand­i­cap.

The Mar­jorie Fife-trained three-yearold is win­less from nine starts, but he has shown spits and spots of rea­son­able form over the last year.

Fro­zon also turned in an in­ter­est­ing ef­fort over a mile and a half at this track on Novem­ber 19, when he was done no favours by a stop-start gal­lop.

Even so, the gelded son of Khe­leyf raced en­thu­si­as­ti­cally in stages and did well to get to within two and a half lengths of the win­ner, Stonecold­soba.

Back in trip and now even lower in the weights, he could fea­si­bly go well at a work­ing man’s price.

Rock The Kas­bah has an aw­ful lot go­ing for him in the Harry Dut­field Memo­rial Novices’ Chase at Ex­eter.

The Grade Three-win­ning hur­dler re­ally caught the eye on his fenc­ing de­but at Chep­stow in Oc­to­ber, when he jumped well en route to a two-length de­feat of Our Kaempfer.

It was a race which has worked out very well in­deed as the fourth horse home, Clan Des Obeaux, ab­so­lutely hosed up at New­bury last week and looks one of the bright­est young prospects in Paul Ni­cholls’ yard.

Rock The Kas­bah was then sent into ac­tion at Chel­tenham, where he con­tested a two-and-a-half-mile novice chase that has pro­duced count­less top­notch­ers.

Philip Hobbs’ six-year-old could only fin­ish third be­hind the ex­cit­ing O O Seven, but the ground was rel­a­tively quick that day, which did not help his cause by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion.

It was also nice to see Rock The Kas­bah stay on late in the piece, which will give his trainer a few more op­tions for later in the sea­son.

The Harry Dut­field Memo­rial Novices’ Chase is usu­ally won by a good one, but the Hobbs runner would not look out of place on the roll of hon­our from what we have seen so far.

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