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Yarmouth Preview: Silver Alliance can strike gold

| 20.05.2014

Silver Alliance has a good record at Yarmouth and looks to have been found a good opportunity to notch another success in the 1m 2f handicap on this evening’s seven-race card (6.30).

The Julia Feilden trained gelding has won five times, and both his wins on turf have come at the seaside venue.

The last of those successes came over 1m 1f last June, where Silver Alliance overcame trouble in-running to come from off the pace and quicken clear to score going away by 3 1/4 lengths off a mark of 69.

The son of Proclamation went on to finish an excellent third to Amulet at Nottingham off today’s mark of 73, and that form looks strong with the winner having gone on to land a class 2 handicap at Ascot off 84.

Silver Alliance also goes extremely well for Shelley Birkett, who takes an invaluable 5lb off his back, and with underfoot condtions ideal looks sure to go well in what looks a very winnable class 5 contest.

Emulating will appreciate the step back up in trip in the extended 1m 3f handicap (7.00) and looks worth siding with to get back to winning ways.

The four-year-old scored in good style on his seasonal reappearance in a class 5 contest at Kempton over 1m 4f off a mark of 70, before finishing a highly creditable fifth of 16 to Memory Cloth over 1m 2f at Haydock.

The James Fanshawe trained gelding seemed unsuited by the drop back in trip in the latter, but plugged on well to be beaten just under five lengths.

The handicapper has since dropped the son of Duke Of Marmalade by 1lb to a mark of 74, and that should enable Emulating to be really competitive judged on his Kempton win now back over a more suitable trip.

Only four are set to go to post for the 5f handicap (7.30), and the small field may well enable Peace Seeker to get any easy time up front and make all.

The six-year-old is 1-1 over course and distance, and has also won three of his six starts over the minimum trip.

The son of Oasis Dream showed that his current mark of 85 was workable when runner-up at Windsor two starts back, and with underfoot conditions ideal is likely to prove difficult to peg back if attacking from the off.

Sahara Desert failed to live up to expectations on his reappearance, but with his yard now going well looks worth another chance in the 7f handicap (8.00).

The Sir Michael Stoute trained gelding was backed off the boards on his handicap debut over 1m 2f at Nottingham last month, but weakened badly late on to finish a well beaten seventh in testing conditions.

The drop back to 7f and quicker ground could well see the son of Montjeu in a far better light, and connections are also now fitting the three-year-old with a visor for the first time.

Sahara Desert is certainly bred to be better than his current rating of 65, and with the Stoute yard in good form and boasting a 33% strike rate with their runners at the track in the past 12 months, is taken to get off the mark at the fifth time of asking.

5.30: Swiss Kiss
6.00: Red Catkin
6.30: Silver Alliance (NAP)
7.00: Emulating
7.30: Peace Seeker
8.00: Sahara Desert
8.30: Lulu The Zulu



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.