Crack open the bubbly for Shumookh

Shumookh can maintain the good run of the Michael Jarvis yard with victory in the Champagne Bar Handicap at Leicester today.

Shumookh can maintain the good run of the Michael Jarvis yard with victory in the Champagne Bar Handicap at Leicester today.

The son of Mujahid did not appear on a racecourse until July but has quickly made up for lost time.

As a half-brother to Oaks winner Eswarah, he should get further in due course but at present has proved highly-effective at a mile - winning with enough in hand at Pontefract to suggest a 6lb penalty will not be enough to stop him. He galloped his rivals into submission under a fine front-running ride from Richard Hills, with the third home Speedy Sam having since employed similar tactics to win a competitive handicap at Goodwood.

Jane Chapple-Hyam and John Egan teamed up to enjoy a high-profile success at York last week and can repeat the dose at a slightly less exalted level in the Leicester Racecourse Christmas Party Packages Handicap.

Oh Danny Boy had slipped from a mark of 72 to 56 before scoring at Newmarket just over a week ago so still looks well treated from just a 3lb higher mark following his short-head success. He has gradually been coming to hand for his new connections this season and the way he travelled before picking up in taking fashion suggests he could have plenty more to offer now he has recaptured his form.

Ed McMahon's horses are running well and Tender Process can follow up his Thirsk success in the Weatherbys Printing Handicap.

Another to make a belated debut, he clearly appreciated the cut in the ground on his third start when chasing home Cheney Hill at Bath in May but was not seen out again until making a winning handicap debut at Thirsk.

He picked up nicely to win going away and, having started his career at the right end of the weights, looks capable of defying the handicapper so long as conditions remain in his favour.

Wolverhampton plays host to a valuable card and Birkside is of interest in the Hotel & Conferencing At Dunstall Park Handicap.

He shaped well on his previous visit to this venue in October when a fair fifth in a maiden, which has worked out pretty well.

He confirmed that promise on his belated reappearance at Windsor finishing well to chase home a short-priced Godolphin debutant. Walter Swinburn's gelding should derive benefit from that outing.

Today's saraband selections

leicester: 2.30 Catlivius, 3.00 Black Moma, 3.30 Tender Process, 4.00 Shumookh (nap), 4.30 Red River Rebel, 5.00 Oh Danny Boy.

LINGFIELD: 2.20 Auction Oasis, 2.50 James Street, 3.20 Safe Investment, 3.50 Sharaab, 4.20 Distant Drums, 4.50 Falpiase.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.10 Worldly, 2.40 Birkside, 3.10 Thunder Storm Cat, 3.40 Warsaw Pact, 4.10 King's Head, 4.40 Dahman.

DOUBLE: Shumookh and Oh Danny Boy.


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