Horse Racing: Naabegha’s coming into form

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Naabegha is a relatively confident call to scoop top honours in the feature race of the evening at Wolverhampton.

Ed de Giles’ six-year-old does not boast the greatest wins-to-runs ratio, but he is clearly coming to hand nicely for the Handicap.

After all, the gelded son of Muhtathir was a little unfortunate in a good seven-furlong handicap on the Lingfield Polytrack just over a week ago when he badly missed the break.

Despite that hindrance, Naabegha stayed on resolutely to take fourth spot behind the well-regarded Horsted Keynes, beaten just under two lengths.

That was a particularly laudable effort, so it is a shade surprising to see him revert to just under six furlongs for this encounter.

Naabegha has a lot of pace as was nicely illustrated when he won by three lengths over the minimum trip at Salisbury last June.

Liam Keniry gets on particularly well with him, so his reappointment can be seen as a good thing, while a low draw is also likely to help his cause.

The fact he remains on a nice-looking mark of 89 adds to the sense of expectancy.

Simply Black is one of the stand-out entries for the 32Red Maiden Auction Stakes. The Kheleyf filly has had plenty of opportunities this year, but she remains winless from eight starts.

That does not tell the full story, however, as she has finished second in four races. Her most recent run over course and distance was especially encouraging as Simply Black was beaten just a length by Maiden Approach.

Such is the dearth of competition back at Dunstall Park, trainer David O’Meara must be bullish about the prospects of his juvenile finally ending a maddening sequence of results.

Chookie Hamilton has not been sighted since last December, but he is good enough to win the Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap.