Part Exchange made quite an impact on her racecourse bow and she can improve on that winning debut with victory in the 32Red.com/ British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap at Lingfield.
Clearly Hugo Palmer’s charge is at something of a disadvantage in terms of experience against some well-travelled rivals in this 10-furlong heat, but there was plenty of promise in her initial six-length triumph.
A Juddmonte homebred, Part Exchange counts Group Three winner Distain amongst her siblings and she certainly seemed to have inherited some family ability when strolling away with what was only an average maiden at best.
She was forced to race wide that day so she could perhaps be counted a little better than the official margin and connections will surely be hoping she ends up with a higher rating than her current perch of 87. Injury has kept Gilgamesh on the sidelines since June and while he may need the run in the totescoop6 Three Ways To Win Handicap, he could still come out on top at Chelmsford.
George Scott had high hopes for this Foxwedge gelding after he racked up a hat-trick in the early part of the year, kicking off over seven furlongs at Wolverhampton in February. He went on to add another triumph at that track in March before switching to the turf at Redcar in May, making it four wins on the bounce if you factor in his victory at Nottingham on his final start of 2016 too.
Scott had hoped to test his powers at a higher level in the Britannia at Royal Ascot, but a late setback ruled him out of that run and has kept him off the track since.
Gilgamesh had improved 13lb before his season was derailed and if he can pick up where he left off, he can become a major all-weather player through the winter months.
Finian’s Oscar would be a poignant winner on the first day of the November meeting at Cheltenham in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase following the death of owner Alan Potts on Sunday.
The five-year-old contests the Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase and despite not particularly impressing with his early jumping on his chase bow at Chepstow, he had certainly warmed to his task by the finish, winning by 11 lengths.
He had any amount in hand at the line and should score again in what is another valuable learning experience.
Exitas has been in flying form of late and can continue to make hay in the BetVictor Handicap Chase.
He has won three of his last four starts, with that sole defeat coming when he crashed out during a bad day at the office at Uttoxeter in September.
Two subsequent wins suggest that experience has not left its mark, with this seven-length victory in a Listed heat at Ascot at the start of the month particularly taking.
He shrugged off an 8lb rise that day and will have to contend with a further 10lb hike here, but he remains on an upward curve and can meet the challenge again.
Momella is on a roll and can gain her biggest success yet in the Grade Two Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.
She beat Brillare Momento, who has since won at Cheltenham, on her hurdles bow before a short break through the high summer months.
Momella then beat an odds-on shot on her return to action at Fakenham last month and that 17-length verdict should have put her spot on for this run.
Urgent De Gregaine struck gold over the banks course back in January and he should make his presence felt again in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase.
He was vastly favoured by the weights that day but a strong gallop seemed to suit him and he is actually only 6lb higher here, which does not appear to be an insurmountable burden.
TURF TALK TIPS
CHELMSFORD: 5.45 Red Cymbal, 6.15 I Should Coco, 6.45 Big Baz, 7.15 Gilgamesh (treble), 7.45 Jack Of Diamonds, 8.15 Maraakib, 8.45 Rezwaan, 9.15 Entertaining Ben.
CHELTENHAM: 12.40 Pickamix, 1.15 Man Look, 1.50 Exitas, 2.25 Finian’s Oscar, (next best) 3.00 Urgent De Gregaine, 3.35 Momella.
LINGFIELD: 11.50 Enrolment, 12.20 Ballymore Castle, 12.50 Mosseyb, 1.25 PART EXCHANGE (NAP), 2.00 Top Mission, 2.35 Seirios, 3.10 Flowing Clarets, 3.45 Spitfire Limited.
NEWCASTLE: 12.30 Echo Express, 1.05 Vodka Red, 1.40 Dubai Angel, 2.15 Millrose Bell, 2.50 Plus Jamais, 3.25 Sweet As Candy.