Gun­ner set to open up

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

RED GUN­NER looks just the type with which Wil­liam Hag­gas ex­cels and he takes the eye in the 32Red. com Nurs­ery Hand­i­cap at Wolver­hamp­ton.

Sent off favourite at Don­caster on his race­course de­but at the end of the turf sea­son, he looked all at sea for the first three-quar­ters of the race.

When the penny did even­tu­ally drop he ran on nicely, with­out be­ing asked too many se­ri­ous questions, to be beaten a to­tal of four lengths.

Not sur­pris­ingly he knew much more about the job three weeks later when sent to Wolver­hamp­ton for what looked, on pa­per at least, a weaker con­test, yet this time he was not the mar­ket leader.

Stepped up a fur­long in trip to seven, de­spite hang­ing to his left he was too good for his ri­vals, win­ning by three-quar­ters of a length.

Quite what the form is worth is hard to weigh up, the run­ner-up has been beaten again since so is no su­per­star, but Red Gun­ner is in the right hands, is bred to im­prove with ex­pe­ri­ence and an open­ing mark of 79 could be work­able.

Hag­gas could quite fea­si­bly fire in a quick dou­ble as his Sec­ond Thought reap­pears af­ter a lengthy ab­sence in the #10 Free At Maiden Stakes.

Beaten just a length on his de­but at Sal­is­bury in May be Rep­ton, Sec­ond Thought has ob­vi­ously met with a prob­lem to only be hav­ing his sec­ond run now.

For his part, the Richard Han­non­trained win­ner went on to prove him­self very able, run­ning with credit in the Vin­tage and So­lario Stakes.

A re­pro­duc­tion of his Sal­is­bury run will surely be enough for Sec­ond Thought to oblige.

Petit Filous can pro­vide Giles Brav­ery with a rare win­ner in the 32Red Casino Maiden Auc­tion Stakes.

Sixth of 11 on de­but at 100-1, he stepped up on that when third of 10 at Chelms­ford.

Brav­ery has found a weak race and he should oblige.

More can be ex­pected from John Gos­den’s Biz­zarria in the Maiden Fil­lies’ Stakes at New­cas­tle.

Gos­den has a good strike-rate since the switch to all-weather at Gos­forth Park and he looks to have found a nice open­ing for the daugh­ter of Lemon Drop Kid.

Quite strongly fan­cied for her de­but at Kemp­ton, she never picked up the bit but she must have been show­ing enough at home.

A sis­ter to Can­nock Chase, she might want fur­ther in time but a mile will be fine for now.

Sirabad gave a re­ally bold sight out in front at New­bury last time out and he may be that he faced a re­ally good ri­val in Knock­graf­fon.

With that in mind he is worth back­ing to get back to win­ning ways in the Stella Ar­tois Novices’ Limited Hand­i­cap Chase at As­cot.

Trained by Paul Ni­cholls, the six-yearold likes putting his ri­vals un­der pres­sure from the out­set with his slick jump­ing.

At New­bury he had ev­ery­thing else in trou­ble from some way out but Dan Skel­ton’s win­ner’s cruised past him, look­ing a smart re­cruit.

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