Turf Talk: Drop in trip sets Winnetka up to repay Tony Carroll’s faith in him at Kempton

Trainer, Tony Carroll. PIC: Alan Crowhurst/Getty ImagesTrainer, Tony Carroll. PIC: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Trainer, Tony Carroll. PIC: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images | 2015 Getty Images
Winnetka can repay trainer Tony Carroll’s faith by opening his account in the 32Red Casino Handicap at Kempton.

The three-year-old was picked up for a mere £4,500 at Tattersalls November Sales out of Richard Hannon’s and it appears money well spent judged on her first run for the Worcestershire handler.

It looked as though the Camacho gelding might strike first time for new connections when hitting the front over a furlong out, but he was collared close home and had to settle for third place, just half a length behind the winner, Barking Mad.

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That race was over seven furlongs on this course so the drop down to six can see Winnetka strike. It also was his first start for 173 days, having previously raced four times for the Hannon team.

Get Boosting can come out on top in a trappy affair for the 32Red Conditions Stakes. The three-year-old makes the long journey from Keith Dalgleish’s stable in Lanarkshire – but the reward is booking a place through what is a fast-track qualifier for the All-Weather Championships. Get Boosting has been knocking at the door in his last two starts at Wolverhampton, notably when second to Maystar. That form looks more than good enough to land these spoils.

City Tour looked to have turned a corner when getting back on the winning road at Kempton when last seen and can follow up in the 32Red/EBF Handicap.

Wearing blinkers for the first time, the Lydia Richards-trained gelding stayed on strongly to nail My Boy Sepoy by three-quarters of a length. That was reward for several decent efforts and the handicap’s not too harsh, up 3lb.

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Lethal Talent returns to the scene of her best performance to date in the Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Handicap at Wolverhampton.

Jonathan Portman’s filly bolted up over seven furlongs there in October - a performance the handicapper did not take kindly to, raising her 11lb.

A fair effort in defeat at Kempton saw the assessor drop her 1lb and running back at Dunstall Park can see her regain winning ways:


KEMPTON: 1.20 Vincenzo Coccotti, 1.50 WINNETKA (NAP), 2.20 Venture, 2.50 Get Boosting (next best), 3.20 Lady Of Aran, 3.50 City Tour, 4.20 Muraaqeb, 4.50 Picture Poet.

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NEWCASTLE: 12.55 Desert Dawn, 1.30 Artistic Language, 2.00 Mulcahys Hill, 2.30 Gonn Away, 3.00 Ballydonagh Boy, 3.30 Dunly, 4.00 Bryden Boy.

PLUMPTON: 1.40 Bigunonthebalcony, 2.10 Mister Murchan, 2.40 Christmas In April, 3.10 White Chocolate, 3.40 Shanahan’s Turn, 4.10 Chivers.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.25 Eglish, 4.55 Lethal Talent, 5.25 Rideson, 5.55 Toro Dorado, 6.25 Matewan, 6.55 Enmeshing, 7.25 Critical Thinking.

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