Horse Racing: Back Estrella at second home

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La Estrella returns to his favourite track and it would be no surprise if the Southwell specialist bounces back to winning form at the Nottinghamshire venue.

Don Cantillon’s charge has quite the record at the track, going unbeaten in 13 runs before the wheels finally came off back in May when he was well beaten by Reve Du Nuit.

The 10-year-old had carried all before him up to that day, but Cantillon has made no secret of the fact the gelding has his problems and while nothing was evident on that occasion, it may just have been something was niggling him that day.

A subsequent outing at Royal Ascot was hardly likely to yield any compensation and so it proved as La Estrella was tailed off in the Ascot Stakes.

Given a break since then, the popular veteran should be nicely freshened up for the Coral App Download From The App Store Claiming Stakes, which also represents a marked drop in class from that Ascot handicap event.

La Estrella is returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but he has shown time and again that he can win in those circumstances and he has few equals in this sphere at his spiritual home.

Connections of Frost Fire would surely love to have just one of La Estrella’s 23 career successes and their filly can end a frustrating run in the 32Red Fillies’ Handicap.

Mark Johnston’s charge still seemed a bit immature when beaten just a length at Wolverhampton last time, to add to her previous second place at that track.

Frost Fire might not be up to winning in maiden company and the decision to switch to handicap company here can finally see her get off the mark.

Different appeals as an unexposed type in the Best Odds At Handicap.

She has not seen much racing for a horse of her age and her recent second at Wolverhampton offered more than a flash of promise.