A horse that, with normal development is clearly destined for something a little better, goes for the myracing.
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SPARGROVE is a half-brother to seven other horses via the mare Capriolla and the trainer knows the family well, having now trained six of them! Marmelo and Vent de Force got ten wins between them and found their optimum distance around the one mile six furlongs mark, so it is no surprise that Spargrove has improved substantially since being put over longer trips this summer.
The Sandown race won by Golshen that he came third in looks a source of winners and he then would have won last time at Chelmsford with either an uninterrupted passage just before the bend or a few more yards to the race.
The winner, Champagne Morengo has won a decent Ascot handicap quite easily since.
Spargrove went off a mark of 58 at Sandown and is up just 1lb today.
His sire is the Irish-bred top USA performer Cacique who is getting about 16% winners from his progeny at Wolverhampton, another plus.
The biggest danger on BTO ratings looks to be last-time-out winner TROUBLE SHOOTER but his win was on the heavy at Yarmouth over a mile and a quarter, substantially different from today’s course and distance.
PERCY’S PRINCE is another runner returning to the course after just a few days and the Prescott team is back in form with four winners in the last week.
He fits the latter’s pattern of three runs over shorter distances as a two-year-old, the acquisition of a favourable handicap mark, and then a successful three-year-old career over staying trips.
He is a tempting 3/1 with Skybet and BetVictor and can be dutched with the 6/4 at both firms about Spargrove for a 35% profit.
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