There were a couple of decent winners from the Talking Trainers section of the new edition of Ahead On The Flat. The Roger Charlton trained Comrade Conrad (12/1) made a winning debut in the ten furlongs maiden at Windsor. A son of Canford Cliffs, he ran on well close home to prevail by a head. In the same contest, I suggest readers keep an eye on the fourth, Master Archer, who is now qualified for handicaps. James Fanshawe's three year old has improved on each start and it will be a surprise he doesn't win races.
Keith Dalgleish was a new name in AOTF and he appears to bought a bargain in the lightly raced Kensington Star (11/4). Third on his only start at Newcastle last summer for Simon Crisford, the four year old was acquired for only 6,000gns in February. The son of Pivotal had his first run for his new connections at Redcar this afternoon and he won nicely under Shirley Teasdale. Given a patient ride, he stayed on strongly to beat the well supported Sketch Book Venue. Indeed, the Alan Swinbank trained runner-up is another for the notebook. It took him a while to realise what was required when coming under pressure but the Rip Van Winkle gelding kept on nicely. It won't be long before he goes one better.
I am afraid there are a couple of errors in the Talking Trainers section - both Luca Cumani's and Roger Varian's horse to follow for the season has been copied from the previous trainer. Luca's horse to follow is the one featured on page 26 of AOTF and Roger's is the third one down on page 108. Apologies for the mistake - the printer has obviously cut and pasted from the previous trainer but I still should have spotted it whilst proof reading.
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