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Chepstow best bet: Destiny’s Spirit can rekindle former glories over shorter trip

In the lull before the storm of the Royal Ascot Festival, Monday’s more modest card nevertheless serves up some decent racing, including this competitive six-furlong handicap.

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It’s no surprise to see last-time-out winners Bama Lama and Global Effort attracting most support at the top of the market, although the latter’s best efforts have been on all-weather tracks, including that most recent success at Wolverhampton a fortnight ago.

Bama Lama holds the more pertinent credentials, having won tidily over this course and distance nine days ago, and although effectively five pounds worse off for that success, the handicapper does not yet appear to have fully caught up with his potential.

Of the remaining 13 candidates, Sisters In The Sky, Diamondsinthesand and Savannah Smiles all look capable of putting recent efforts behind them, and that same argument can be made for Destiny’s Spirit, who has won at a much higher level than this in the past.

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Admittedly, her best form came in a purple patch at the back end of her juvenile campaign, when figures of 1211 in consecutive five-furlong sprints were crowned by that final success in a 0-75 handicap at Haydock that hinted of a stellar career ahead.

Fourteen fruitless races later, that potential has yet to materialise, and she is now back in 0-55 company off a career-low mark of just 46, 22 pounds lower than around this time last year.

Suggested best bet: Destiny’s Spirit each-way in the 16:18 at Chepstow

Her best effort of the season came last time out in a seven-furlong affair at Leicester three weeks ago, when she was always in touch before not quite lasting the seven-furlong trip on soft ground, eventually finishing a decent fifth of nine under Hollie Doyle.

Having won in conditions ranging from heavy to good-firm, Chepstow’s ground will be of little consequence, but more significant could be the drop to a six-furlong trip that fits better with her profile as a shorter-distance sprinter.

Gina Mangan is entrusted with the reins this time, with her three-pound claim brings Destiny’s Spirit mark down even further, and while she might not have enough to get her nose in front of the market leaders, there might just be room for her in the frame, especially with some bookmakers paying out on as many as five each-way places. 


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