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Brighton and Hamilton previews: Angelic Guest looks heavenly under Morris

| 28.06.2016

David Metcalf | June 28, 2016

Angelic Guest can score for Channon at Brighton

Trainer Mick Channon has a good record with his runners at Brighton and Angelic Guest can provide him with another winner at the seaside venue in the 1m handicap there today (17.15).

The Lambourn handler has a 22.58 per cent strike rate with his runners at the track in the past 12 months, and in Angelic Guest has a lightly-raced filly who looks on a potentially lenient mark.

Angelic Guest has only had four starts and shaped really well on the first of those when fourth of 12 to Fadillah at Haydock.

After racing in touch, Angelic Guest was denied a clear run a furlong from home but then stayed on nicely without being unduly knocked about to be beaten just two lengths.


Given a chance by the handicapper

The winner is a useful sort who has scored again since and is now rated 79, and the third home Golden Glimmer has also gone on to taste success to be rated 84.

It made her opening handicap mark of 68 look very exploitable, and although only fifth off it over course and distance last time out behind Bay Of St Malo the three-year-old got unbalanced under a 7lb claimer and now gets the professional services of Luke Morris in the saddle.

Having since been dropped another 3lb to 65, she also now meets the winner on 8lb better terms and this looks a nice opportunity for Angelic Guest to open her account.

Essaka weighted to strike

Essaka shaped as if returning to form lasts time out and looks weighted to get back to winning ways in the 6f handicap (14.45).

Trained by Tony Carroll, the gelding was last successful over course and distance 10 months ago when running out an easy three length winner off a mark of 54.

Essaka went on to be placed on several occasions off 62, and is now back down to his last winning mark.

It gives the four-year-old major claims from a handicapping perspective, and Essaka hinted that his time was near when beaten just 3/4 of a length into third over course and distance seven days ago.

Brighton selections

14.15: Canford Belle
14.45: Essaka (NB)
15.15: Ex Lover
15.45: Occult
16.15: Roy Rocket
16.45: Just Isla
17.15: Angelic Guest (NAP)
17.45: Bahamian Sunrise

Slim has a big Chance at Hamilton

Slim Chance looks decent value to cash-in on a drop in the weights and class to score an overdue success in the 5f handicap on today’s card at Hamilton (17.00).

The Sheena West trained mare is on a long losing run, having not scored since landing back-to-back class 6 contests at the track in September 2014.

Slim Chance won off a mark of 71 in the last of those, and also ran well to finish third at Carlisle 12 months ago off 73 in a class 4 affair.

The seven-year-old is now able to race off just 58, a massive 13lb lower than when last victorious, and that makes her potentially thrown-in at the weights on the pick of her form.

Slim Chance also comes into the contest having shaped as if returning to form when seventh of 12 to In My Place in a class 5 contest at Carlisle, and now drops back down into class 6 company for the first time since last successful.


Cosmic Chatter to gain deserved success

Cosmic Chatter has been running well of late and can gain a deserved success in the 6f handicap (16.00).

The Ruth Carr trained gelding got back on the scoresheet for the first time in over three years when scoring Beverley last August by 2 3/4 lengths off a mark of 74, and backed that up with an excellent head second at Musselburgh off 80.

Cosmic Chatter is now able to race off the same mark as when last successful and comes into the contest on the back of two solid efforts to finish runner-up over course and distance.

In the last of those Cosmic Chatter lost ground when dwelling at the start before making good headway two out to take up the running inside the last.

The six-year-old looked all over the winner until getting chinned on the line an beaten a nose, and had he not fluffed that start I feel he would have won.

In effect it makes Cosmic Chatter a winner without a penalty off an unchanged mark, and with underfoot conditions to suit this looks a nice opportunity for the son of Paris House to go one better.

Hamilton selections

14.00: Alfie’s Angel
14.30: Opt Out
15.00: Long Call
15.30: Move In Time
16.00: Cosmic Chatter (NB)
16.30: David’s Duchess
17.00: Slim Chance (NAP)


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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.