Turf Talk: Sibilance more success on all-weather circuit

Chelmsford contender, Sibilance ridden by FM Berry on the way to winning The  Watch RacingUK On Virgin 536 Fillies' Conditions Stakes  at Kempton in April this year. PIC: John Walton/PA Wire
Chelmsford contender, Sibilance ridden by FM Berry on the way to winning The Watch RacingUK On Virgin 536 Fillies' Conditions Stakes at Kempton in April this year. PIC: John Walton/PA Wire
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Sibilance has so far saved her best efforts for all-weather surfaces and she can make the most of a return to the Polytrack in the Bet toteexacta At betfred.com Handicap at Chelmsford.

Ralph Beckett’s charge has won each of her two starts on the artificial tracks so far and the trainer was clearly suitably impressed as he quickly ratcheted up to Listed level as she made her turf debut. Her initial effort at York was decent as she finished third, but subsequent dates at Royal Ascot and in Group Three company at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting yielded little joy and sights have been lowered again now.

Ami Desbois, ridden by Kielan Woods, leads the way over an early flight before going on to win The Albert Bartlet at Cheltenham last December. PIC: Julian Herbert/PA Wire

Ami Desbois, ridden by Kielan Woods, leads the way over an early flight before going on to win The Albert Bartlet at Cheltenham last December. PIC: Julian Herbert/PA Wire

Sibilance shaped with promise on her return to handicap level at Ascot, finishing third but perhaps lacking a touch of pace on easy conditions. The handicapper has actually dropped her 2lb and that could prove a handy little pull in this event.

Fire Diamond is on a roll and can bring up his hat-trick in the Bet totetrifecta At betfred.com Handicap.

He has probably only won two average Wolverhampton heats for Tom Dascombe, but he is at least going the right way and has not been too heavily penalised. He will have to post a career-best effort to win again here, but it often pays to follow horses in form through the winter.

Ami Desbois cut quite a dash on his first run over fences and he can take the next step on the road to better things in the Manchester Derby Betting At 188Bet Novices’ Chase at Market Rasen.

The seven-year-old was obviously going to be a useful chaser given his hurdles form, which saw him placed in Graded company on more than one occasion and finish fifth in the Albert Bartlett back in March.

He duly stepped up to the mark for Graeme McPherson on his debut at Wetherby, although it proved a bit harder work than expected as he probably was not suited particularly well by a drop back to two miles.

Three miles here looks much more his thing and Ami Desbois can continue on the likely road to the Festival in March.

Pink Gin has been the subject of some promising gallops reports and should be followed in the Weatherbys General Stud Book Online Silver Buck Handicap Chase.

Beaten five lengths on his return at Ffos Las last month, Pink Gin should come on for the outing and remains unexposed.

Alpine Secret let down favourite backers last time out but should be given another chance in the Bradgate Park Handicap Chase at Leicester.

He ran into a game rival at Bangor back in October and had to settle for second, but he remains on a handy mark for this.

TURF TALK TIPS

CHELMSFORD: 5.25 Magic Pulse, 5.55 Mushtaq, 6.25 Born To Finish, 7.00 SIBILANCE (NAP), 7.30 Fire Diamond (treble), 8.00 Venetian Proposal, 8.30 Captain Peaky, 9.00 Silver Penny.

LEICESTER: 12.40 Grapevine, 1.10 Serenity Now, 1.45 Alpine Secret, 2.15 Daytime Ahead, 2.50 Limoncello, 3.25 Cougar Kid.

MARKET RASEN: 12.20 Black Prince, 12.50 Sunshade, 1.20 Iona Days, 1.55 Ami Desbois (next best), 2.25 Contented, 3.00 Triopas, 3.30 Mountain Path.

WINCANTON: 12.30 Speedalong, 1.00 The Vocalist, 1.35 Pink Gin, 2.05 Master Work, 2.40 Snowball, 3.15 Chateau Robin, 3.50 Acey Milan.

Toast of New York (right) being ridden out by former jump jockey Jimmy McCarthy. PIC: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

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