On My Own can make a triumphant start to life as a handicapper on the Lingfield turf.
By Chris Wilson. Last Updated: May 21, 2013 8:08pm
John Hills: Expected to strike with On My Own
The John Hills-trained colt has shown only a modicum of ability in three previous maidens, but is likely be an entirely different proposition in the second division of the Smiths News Handicap.
On My Own was considered one to watch on his debut at Newbury last April, when he finished a decent fifth behind subsequent Group Three winner Noble Mission.
Next up was a visit to Chester for a typically strong affair at the May meeting.
The Rock Of Gibraltar colt was beaten over 10 lengths that day, but that run can perhaps be stricken from the record as he suffered a troubled passage towards the line.
Hills will then have been happy by his staying-on fifth at Kempton at the start of the month, when he was seemingly not fancied at odds of 33-1.
The manner in which he plugged on once the cause was lost did not go unnoticed, though, and this race looks the easiest assignment he has so far encountered.
A mark of 72 might be a little on the stiff side, but there is a strong chance On My Own has enough quality to readily fight his corner in this humble company.
It would be a shade disappointing if Minority Interest cannot build upon a promising run on Lingfield's all-weather track when he competes in the Mail Publisher Solutions Handicap.
The four-year-old son of Galileo thrived in first-time blinkers last month to win by a neck in a mile-and-a-quarter handicap.
Brett Johnson's chestnut flew at the death to suggest this slight ramp in trip is a wise piece of business.
Minority Interest, who is rated just 1lb higher on turf than on the all-weather, is one of the most unexposed horse in this line-up and is clearly in a happy place right now.
Daddy Warbucks is an interesting candidate for top honours in the Mike Mahony 65 Today Handicap at Southwell.
Dandy Nicholls' versatile four-year-old has been found a good race in which to hit the ground running this year, having ended last season on a mark of 75.
The Martin Love-owned gelding has won twice at the Nottinghamshire circuit and is arguably at his sharpest over this one-mile trip.
Any market plunge for Dream Catcher at Kempton could be revealing.
Jonjo O'Neill's veteran hardly ripped up too many trees on his last few starts of 2012, but the assessor has given him a fair chance in the Conor Maynard Live At Kempton 14.09.13 Handicap over two miles.
Dream Catcher won a similar race to this a few years ago off a 3lb higher mark, while his good third over course and distance last June will give connections a little optimism on his first start for 248 days.
The fact Richard Hughes receives the leg-up could also be taken as a clear statement of intent.
Dance Tempo gets the nod in the Print Strategy Europe Beginners' Chase at Worcester, with Representingceltic expected to do the business in the Hotel & Spa Offers At whittleburyhall.co.uk Handicap Chase at Huntingdon.
HUNTINGDON: 2.10 French Canadian, 2.40 Double Handful, 3.10 Representingceltic, 3.40 Sea Lord, 4.10 Gilzean, 4.40 Wom.
KEMPTON: 6.00 Punditry, 6.30 Picansort, 7.00 Jana, 7.30 Dream Catcher, 8.00 Warrigal, 8.30 Wise Venture, 9.00 Trymyluck.
LINGFIELD: 2.00 Minority Interest, 2.30 Da Do Run Run, 3.00 Hurakan, 3.30 Honest Strike, 4.00 Ertikaan, 4.30 At A Clip, 5.00 Orpsie Boy, 5.30 ON MY OWN (NAP).
SLIGO: 5.40 Mimi And Bow, 6.10 Zabana, 6.40 Stop The Clock, 7.10 Leinster Walk, 7.40 Twigline, 8.10 The Two Jays, 8.40 Borussia.
SOUTHWELL: 1.50 Mucky Molly, 2.20 Maakirr, 2.50 Tamayuz Magic, 3.20 Tony Hollis, 3.50 Noguchi, 4.20 Daddy Warbucks, 4.50
Lexington Blue, 5.20 Ridgeway Hawk.
WORCESTER: 5.50 Ice Cool Benny, 6.20 Dance Tempo, 6.50 Donnas Palm, 7.20 Hopping Hare, 7.50 Deep Trouble, 8.20 Brians Well, 8.50 Shinko Moon.
DOUBLE: On My Own and Minority Interest.