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Big John Gosden often runs smart youngsters on the all-weather and there was an avalanche of readies for his pair Star Catcher (13-8 to 4-5) and Pianissimo (9-4 to 5-6) in the two-year-old races on this card.
Unfortunately for punters both horses were greener than Monty Don’s fingers and never really looked like collecting.
Spare a thought for teenager Imogen Mathias.
She `won’ the 7f amateurs’ race before being slung out by the Clerk of the Scales for weighing in two stone light after her weight cloth fell off just after the start.
The poor kid was having her first ride under Rules and looked as if The Grinch had pinched her prezzies when the stewards’ claxon blasted.
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John Ryan’s Aircraft Carrier got the gold medal for most impressive winner of the night and looks a David Dickinson style bargain at the 27,000gns he cost from Aidan O’Brien’s yard.
Lucky owner John Stocker was full of beans after the colt bolted-up and fancies sending him to Dubai for another nice little earner later this winter.
The city boys are moaning about a recession but there was no sign of that at Plumpton on Monday, where the car parks were bursting and bookies looked double busy.
The track’s tasty £60,000 bonus for novices who win there and at the Cheltenham Festival ensures a quality horse or two, and Nicky Henderson’s Ok Corral (4-11 to 2-9) certainly falls into that category.
He was bet like a moral and won without turning a hair save getting bored and walking through a fence at halfway.
The horse only looked three-parts ready and is a top class marathon runner in the making.
Alan King’s Mr Pumblechook (1-4 to 1-6) landed another right-hook for the heavy hitters when turning the 2m4f novice hurdle into a cakewalk.
By the way, one of Kingy’s team told me Martin Harley was properly impressed with Caspar The Cub’s win at Kempton last week and reckons he is good enough to have a crack at the Winter Derby.
Robert Winston is marked absent as often as Lord Lucan and missed his rides at Lingfield on Wednesday, where Diamond Oasis (5-1 to 7-4) was hammered before winning a 7f novice event.
Bearing in mind she spent most of the prelims on two legs and pulled like Steamboat Willie, Saeed Bin Suroor’s filly did well to win with a bit in hand and could be useful.
The 1m novice event featured more blue-bloods than you’ll find in Eton’s tuck shop, including a couple of Hamdan Al Maktoum runners that were watched by the owner’s right-hand man and ex-jockey Richard Hills.
Luckily Hillsy was a better jockey than tipster as he was bullish about third placed Mosakhar (4-1 to 9-4) and gave the eye-catching fourth Alandalos no chance!
The race was won by Enable’s half-sister Entitle (7-2 to 6-1), who drifted like the Kon-Tiki and only managed to get her head in front through raw ability.
She looked in better shape than Jose Mourinho’s bank balance and is well above average.
John Gosden’s WISSAHICKON (2.15) has a massive chance in a Listed race at Lingfield today, but the banker must be DANSE IDOL (1.00) who lines-up in a hot mares’ hurdle at Haydock.
Trackman's Saturday Selection
DANSE IDOL (1.00 Haydock) won with any amount in hand at Wincanton and is a top class prospect.
She’s rated a star by the Paul Nicholls camp and looked exactly that when dotting-up at Wincanton last time.
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