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FOUR RUNNERS AT THREE DIFFERENT MEETINGS.

We may be at the heart of the jumps season, but with no National Hunt racing on Monday, there are three all weather meeting taking place, and we have representatives at each one of them.

It is currently riding standard to slow on Southwell's new Tapeta surface where we send Mirrie Dancers to make her stable debut at 2.30.pm, in a 0-65 handicap over one mile and three furlongs, with Graham Lee taking the ride. Mirrie Dancers raced on three occasions as a three year old last season for the Amanda Perrett yard with his best run coming on his last start in June at Goodwood when finishing a respectable fourth in a maiden, for which he has been given an opening mark of 65. Mirrie Dancers is very well bred, his dam was placed in four Group races, and can count among her offspring the 113 rated Group 2 winner Lavender's Blue.

We send two down to Kempton to run on the Polytrack which at the time of writing is riding standard to slow. Sparkle In His Eye has now slipped to an all time low mark of 52, having been as high as 63 when arriving at the yard from France last spring. After a promising fourth at Wolverhampton on his stable debut last May he suffered a shoulder injury on his next start at Newcastle. He signalled that there is a race in him when running well again at Wolverhampton in November, and again in December, but it was a step back in the wrong direction at Southwell on New Years Day when finishing down the field. Sparkle In His Eye goes to post at 3.45.pm, in a 0-52 handicap over one mile with Aiden Brookes on board for the first time.

Our other runner at Kempton is Trouble Shooter who goes to post for the 0-55 handicap at 4.20.pm, over 12 furlongs with Aiden Brookes riding him for the first time. Since joining the yard in June of last year Trouble Shooter has struggled for form both on the flat and over jumps. He was the winner of five races back in 2019, which included knocking up a four timer, but the jury is still out as to how much ability he still retains.

Quoteline Direct makes a quick reappearance just four days after finishing a two lengths fourth at Newcastle on his first run in nearly five months. That race was in a 0-50 Classified stakes, as is this race at Wolverhampton where he goes to post for the 4.30.pm, over the extended one mile and one furlong. Nowadays Quoteline Direct seems to reserve his best for Wolverhampton, where in five visits last season his form figures read '22382.' This race represents a drop in class from those races, and he also has the bonus of Robert Havlin in the saddle for the first time, who of course has won five races for us on Dragons Will Rise.

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Good luck to the connections, Miss Rebecca Dennis, Samuel Sutton, T M Clarke, and JFW Properties Ltd.

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