Racing: Florazi can maintain his rise to the top
Simon Holt (right) of the Channel 4 Racing team gives a runner- by-runner analysis of today's Tote Credit Silver Bowl Handicap at Haydock Park
Saturday 23 May 1998
Timekeeper: Beat only two home behind Beauchamp King here over seven furlongs this month. Three times a scorer in Listed company abroad but difficult to play here.
Lucayan Indian: Responded well under pressure to score at Newcastle and Newmarket (the useful Cloud Castle third) from just three juvenile outings and is still relatively unexposed. Potentially useful, though the handicapper has not taken too many chances with him.
Jazz Club: In trouble some way from home at Chester on his reappearance and yet to fulfil the promise of his debut win here in August when beating subsequent Middle Park Stakes winner, Hayil.
Tom Dougal: Seems to be going from strength to strength judged on recent big-field successes at Newmarket and York, on the latter occasion overcoming a poor run to beat 15 others. Up in the weights again but sure to be thereabouts.
Arctic Air: In her first handicap having been outclassed in two conditions races. Won an Ayr maiden (7f, good to soft) in September.
Colleville: A fair two-year-old (winning once from four starts), shaped well enough when fourth of 27 to Tom Dougal on her Newmarket return. Unfancied that day and may come on for the run, but has shown signs of temperament.
Premium Pursuit: Far from disgraced when fifth to Bodfari Pride at Chester last time but one or two may find him out today.
Panama House: Reluctant to enter the stalls when seventh to Ambiguous at Ripon last month.
Moon Gorge: On the go since February, when winning on the all-weather, and finished a close third behind Persiano at Warwick earlier in the month. Solid form.
French Connection: Has much more to do than when beating four others in soft ground at Hamilton.
Conclusion: In a fiercely competitive race, FLORAZI looks sure to be in the shake-up en route to possible cracks at Listed/Group mile events, while Tom Dougal (rising fast in the weights) is improving.
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