Horse Racing: Fergie eyes a ‘Govan’ winner

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I’m Fraam Govan can give Sir Alex Ferguson something to smile about with victory in the Winners Are Welcome At Betdaq Handicap at Kempton’s evening meeting.

The Man United legend has probably not enjoyed the slow start to the campaign from his former club after retiring at the end of last season, but George Baker’s charge should provide a more satisfactory result.

A bumper winner in May 2012, Baker felt I’m Fraam Govan deserved a crack at the big one at the Cheltenham Festival but he proved no match for Briar Hill and finished a long way behind and beat only three home.

Given a break after that, Baker switched his sights to the Flat and after a couple of placed efforts, he finally got his head in front at Kempton in August.

Baker then turned back to the turf at Sandown but I’m Fraam Govan enjoyed no sort of luck in running in finishing fourth, with the reopposing Purple ‘n Gold just a short head in front on almost identical terms.

I’m Fraam Govan could be rated very unlucky and given he has already shown an aptitude for this Polytrack surface, he should have every chance.

Sea Defence hails from a decent American family and merits respect as he makes his racecourse bow for Roger Charlton in the first division of the Commission Free 1st Month At Betdaq Maiden Stakes.

Volume is taken to go well in the 32Red Nursery Handicap at Nottingham after running out a ready winner at Newcastle.

She had shown plenty of promise when third on her racecourse bow but stepped up markedly on that to win by four and a half lengths at Gosforth Park without really having to get serious.

An initial mark of 80 looks fair and she will relish any cut in the ground.

Personable caught the eye when returning from nearly a year off the track and is worth a shot in the 32Red.com Handicap.