Red Hand: Replenish can bounce back with victory at Newcastle
REPLENISH can make amends for a disappointing effort last time out by landing the Betfred Seaton Delaval Handicap at Newcastle.
James Fanshawe’s charge has won three of his 12 starts to date and, given each of those successes has come on a synthetic surface, he really does appear to be shaping into something of an all-weather specialist.
The four-year-old is not totally devoid of skills on the turf with a couple of second places to his name, most notably behind the well-regarded Dal Harraild, but it seems he does save his best for the sand.
Indeed, his return effort at Lingfield in April, on what was his first start since a gelding operation, promised much as he chased home Takatul in third, beaten just three-quarters of a length in a race that was not run to suit.
Fanshawe then headed to Newmarket last month but pitched into a competitive affair on soft ground, Replenish finished last of six after having failed to get going at all.
His rider was far from hard on him when his chance had gone and back on his favoured surface here Replenish has every chance of resuming his upward trajectory.
Accession has been dropping down the ratings a bit of late and might be on something of a more workable figure in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap.
The five-year-old paid a heavy price for his six-length victory at Newmarket last April, shooting up to a mark of 100 which he has so far struggled a bit to deal with.
He is back down to 96 now, his lowest perch since that win and, given he has shown ability on the all-weather before, he is worth a shot in what appears to be a marginally easier task than he has faced of late.
Makzeem was far too keen to do himself justice last time out but can set the record straight in the Read Silvestre De Sousa At 188Bet Handicap at Newmarket.
This four-year-old is a half-brother to multiple Group One winner Al Kazeem, but he clearly does not have the same level of ability as his illustrious sibling.
That said, he has shown glimpses of promise for Roger Charlton, winning one of his nine starts and also chasing home the very useful Frontiersman as a maiden last term. He looked one for the notebook on his seasonal bow at Wolverhampton last month but failed to fire at Newmarket when first-time cheekpieces were perhaps a touch too effective in the earlier part of the race. The headgear is left off this time and Makzeem should be given another chance.
Irish News Yankee
Nap: Replenish (3.40: Newcastle)
Double: Accession (5.20: Newcastle)
Treble: Makzeem (4.25: Newmarket)
Yankee: Rigoletto (5.00: Newmarket)