Consistent Tasheba ready to step up in class

TASHEBA does not know how to run a bad race and goes in search of a hat-trick in Nottingham’s John Smith’s Premier Club Handicap this evening.

Peter Chapple-Hyam’s colt has finished in the money on five of his eight career starts and made a mockery of a handicap mark of 78 when scoring by four and a half lengths at Warwick last time.

He has gone up 7lb for that success and is taking a step up in class, but there is certainly more to come from him.

Pergamon ran third behind a well-regarded sort on his debut and looks the answer to the EBF/John Smith’s Extra Cold Novice Stakes.

The son of Dalakhani was slowly into stride at Newmarket but was not beaten too far by the Acomb Stakes-bound Parisian Art.

There does not look to be anything of his calibre in this line-up and he will take plenty of beating.

Ornella chased home a smart filly at York last time and appears to have every chance of going one better in the Roo Fillies’ Handicap at Lingfield.

The four-year-old appeared to take a while to settle in Britain, having arrived from France earlier this year, but got off the mark with a neck success at Brighton last month.

She found only Michael Stoute’s Crystal Capella too good on the Knavesmire last time and a race like this is hers for the taking.

Red Kestrel ran an eyecatching race when third on his debut and is fancied to get off the mark in the 100 Aker Woods Median Auction Maiden.

The Godolphin inmate, a half-brother to former St Leger hero Mutafaweq, was held up in the rear on his first start at Leicester but finished strongly to go down by less than five lengths. He is likely to know more about his job this time and it would be dangerous to take him on, with his breeding suggesting this step up in trip will suit.

Dispol Kylie bolted in on her handicap debut at Thirsk last time and an 11lb rise in the weights may not be enough to stop her following up in the First Transpennine Express Nursery at Musselburgh.

Having won her first couple of starts, Paul Midgeley’s juvenile had her limitations exposed when stepping into Listed company at York.

She again struggled in a conditions event won by Spin Cycle at Musselburgh next time, but appreciated a drop in grade when making all the running on her latest outing.

The handicapper has made her pay but she is still firmly on the upgrade and should be good enough to go in again in this company.

Well Saved registered a confidence-boosting win over timber at Bangor and can follow up in the Famous Grouse Handicap Hurdle at Newton Abbot.

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