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Horse Racing: Monday 8th May – Aidenldrebin Selection


4.30 Ayr – KHARBETATION (nap)

The selection, trained by David O’Meara, is a nicely-bred son of Dream Ahead who made a winning start to his career a 1m maiden at Thirsk last July (11/2 chance), slowly into stride and in rear until making good progress on the outer from halfway, travelling powerfully in second at the top of the straight and taking over on the bridle over a furlong out, nudged clear inside the final furlong to score by 5 lengths from Ehtiraas (pair well clear). It was a deeply impressive start from this gelding, fractious at the stalls beforehand and slowly away from them but doing everything else right, coasting along throughout and readily dispatching a more experienced rival who went one better next time out. For all it could hardly be termed as lenient, an opening mark of 93 may yet underestimate him given his smart pedigree and the ease of that debut success; a 282-day absence following that belated first appearance suggests he hasn’t been the easiest to train, but it’d still be rather disappointing if he couldn’t make a winning return to action here.

About Author

Have been interested in horse racing since 2000, particularly the breeding side of things. Naturally, I enjoy picking apart maiden races given my love of pedigrees, but I am also at home with handicaps and Group races. Spotting potential early is very rewarding, as is picking up on a handicap project from an early stage, with my most satisfying success stories in recent years being Pere Blanc, More Of That, Turtle Watch and Arab Dawn.

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