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Ascot

Sat, 12th May 2012
17:40
Leo Bancroft Signature Haircare Handicap, 1m 4f
6 Runners (4YO plus) (Class 3) Total Prize Fund - £13000

No/Draw/Horse (days since last run)
Age colour sex, Sire - Dam (Damsire)
Form/Owner(s)
Wearing Details

Weight/Penalty
Offical Rating

Forecast Price*
Jockey/
Trainer

15 Steuben (GER) (14F)
6 ch g Monsun (GER) - Schwarzach (GER) (Grand Lodge (USA))
13365/4 Curley Leisure

9-7  
93

25/1
G Lee
B Curley

A winner at 1m 3f on good ground, but that win was over two years ago. Well beaten at 18-1 behind Dawn Twister when last of 4 on his latest outing at Ripon over 1m 4f (soft) last month.

22 Dragonera (GB) (14F)
4 b f Doyen (IRE) - Time Will Show (FR) (Exit To Nowhere (USA))
18116-1 J Weatherby, Champneys

9-3  
89

8/1
R L Moore
E A L Dunlop

She has won four times from 1m 1f to 1m 4f on good and soft ground and on the all-weather. A winner at 9-1 at Doncaster over 1m 2f (soft) on her latest outing last month, beating Battery Power by a neck.

34 Viking Storm (GB) (49F)
4 b g Hurricane Run (IRE) - Danehill's Dream (IRE) (Danehill (USA))
67238-1 Be Hopeful Partnership

9-0  
86

10/1
E Ahern
H J L Dunlop

Successful twice at 1m 4f on good to firm ground and on the all-weather. A winner at 7-2 at Lingfield over 1m 4f on his latest outing in March, beating Right Stuff by 3/4l.

46 Local Hero (GER) (6F, 21J)
5 b g Lomitas - Lolli Pop (GER) (Cagliostro (GER))
531/2 Mr P J Martin
Cheek pieces

8-12  
84

2/1
D Holland
S Gollings

A winner at 1m 4f on soft ground; has also won three hurdles. Beaten 3/4l by Ithoughtitwasover when second of 15 at 5-1fav on his latest outing at Newmarket over 1m 4f (good to soft) earlier this month.

51 Grumeti (GB) (244F, 30J)
4 b g Sakhee (USA) - Tetravella (IRE) (Groom Dancer (USA))
311323- McNeill Family

8-11  
83

7/4
J Fortune
A King

Successful twice at 1m 2f on good ground; has also won four hurdles (latest NH win was last month). Third of 9 behind Ramona Chase beaten 4 1/2l at 2-1fav on his latest flat outing at Goodwood over 1m 2f (soft) in September last year.

63 Lordofthehouse (IRE) (232F)
4 ch g Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Bordighera (USA) (Alysheba (USA))
69/3111- Lael Stable

8-7  
78

4/1
Hayley Turner
W J Haggas

He has won three times from 1m 4f to 1m 6f on good to soft and soft ground. Won on his latest outing when 11-4fav at Haydock over 1m 6f (good to soft) in September last year, beating Wayward Glance by a neck. Runs from 1lb out of handicap.

Race Verdict

An intriguing finale, in which progressive Flat performers Dragonera and Lordofthehouse take on LOCAL HERO and Grumeti, both of whom are smart NH sorts. It may be best to concentrate on the latter pair and Alan King's inmate boasts the best jumping form following his Triumph Hurdle third and 4-Y-O Anniversary Hurdle success at Aintree, but he needs to improve on his previous form on the level and therefore preference is for the Steve Gollings-trained four-year-old. After being caught behind a wall of horses, he was a very unlucky loser when beaten less than a length in a good Newmarket handicap last week and races off the same mark today.

Selection: Local Hero        Danger: Grumeti        Alternative: Lordofthehouse
* These are prices forecast by PA Sport Ltd. and are to be used only as a guide to the betting market.
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