Phone Home found extra reserves when it mattered most to get the better of a slow-motion finish in the Win A Holiday To Sri Lanka Handicap Chase at Newbury.
INCANTARE (Wolverhampton, 6.15) sports the blinkers for the first time on Friday and they could be the catalyst to a prominent showing.
Love Marmalade doesn’t look an obvious bet for the Download The Coral App Handicap over 1m4f at Wolverhampton this afternoon (4.00) – he hasn’t been seen since finishing last of nine at Ayr in September and has never won on the All-weather – but there’s a chance that the switch to Tapeta will bring about the required improvement.
Qipco and others may embark on spirited attempts to change the face of the flat season for the greater good, but for the majority of traditionalists there will only ever be one starter-gun to the flat season and that is the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster this weekend. As usual, there are some significant gambles developing….