Here's the article that appeared covering racing on Saturday 25th March.
14.25 Newbury: O Maonlai 1 pt win at 8.0
This is a competitive race for the money, but there are clear grounds for siding with O Maonlai again. He goes well at this track, will be helped by the drying ground, comes from a stable in good form and is almost certainly still on a good mark. The last-named certainly looked the case until he made a chance-ending blunder five from home here at the start of the month. O Maonlai gets to run off the same mark this afternoon, and although this is a slightly stronger race, he rates the pick in a race that should also be run to suit him.
14.40 Kelso: Shades of Midnight 1 pt win at 6.5
The ability to handle very testing ground is sure to be paramount at Kelso today, never more so than in this long-distance handicap hurdle, in which there is every chance of a good gallop. Shades of Midnight, who ran well behind the subsequent pattern winner Silsol off a higher mark in this race last season, meets the requirements ideally. He was slow to find his form this time round, hence a lower mark, but he was back on song, despite an inadequate trip last time out. There is a clear possibility that the BHA Handicapper has been generous in not raising Shades of Midnight for that effort.
15.00 Newbury: Snow Leopardess 1 pt win at 11.0; Lamanver Odyssey 0.5 pt win at 14.5
The Mares Finale has attracted a really competitive line-up once again, and there is a case to be made for far more than the pair suggested. However, both have clear potential to improve now faced with this different sort of test and both look on fair marks on what they’ve done so far. Snow Leopardess has claims to be considered the least exposed in the field, as well as just about the best of these in bumpers. She has shaped well on all three starts over hurdles, despite not always being suited by the circumstances of the races. She ought to find this trip right up her street, will cope well with drying ground, but she will be particularly well served by the prospect of a truer gallop.
Lamanver Odyssey is a sister to Lamanver Alchemy, who was demoted after passing the post first in last season’s running. Lamanver Odyssey is on a good mark on her form over hurdles to date, but her bumper form suggests she will be well served by less testing ground. She is another who could well benefit from a more truly-run race.
15.35 Newbury: Deauville Crystal 1 pt win at 11.0
This is another well-contested handicap, with plenty that can be fancied, particularly those stepping up in trip. However, it’s a surprise to find Deauville Crystal at a double-figure price, given she almost certainly should have won at Sandown last time. She was raised just 2 lb for that effort and remains on a workable mark. In addition, she ought to get a more truly-run race here, which will play to her advantage.
16.35 Bangor: Boyhood 2 pts win at 5.5
Boyhood has been easy to back this morning, but it’s hard to see why, as he has clear claims as by some way the least exposed runner, and one who will be well served by the increased emphasis on stamina he faces today. This is otherwise competitive for the grade, but most of the others have few secrets from the handicapper, which is certainly not true of Boyhood.