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Racing: It may pay dividends to take Solace in Gosden's filly

Solace showed up well in a couple of decent turf events earlier this year and should find life much easier today at Wolverhampton in the Football Bet In Play At totepool.com Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

John Gosden's filly was seemingly totally unfancied for her Newmarket debut in August as she was sent off at 40-1, but ran a race full of promise.

The juvenile travelled smoothly and, despite being hampered heading inside the last of seven furlongs, she was not beaten far into fourth by winning stable companion Winsili.

Solace unsurprisingly was a far shorter price in her next appearance, at Goodwood in September, but that time was slightly disappointing as she actually lost ground on a couple of those she met at Newmarket.

That said, she was not completely disgraced in finishing fifth and in the context of this race, it looks pretty decent form.

A trip to Dunstall Park represents a far less taxing assignment and connections will be very hopeful that she can sign off her two-year-old campaign with a win.

Few will back against the record-breaking La Estrella securing yet another victory in the Hotel & Conferencing At Wolverhampton Selling Stakes. In early November the veteran became the first horse to rack up 13 consecutive victories at Southwell, and nobody will have been more disappointed than trainer Don Cantillon when it was announced that course would have to close until February because of flood damage.

He has a decent record at Wolverhampton as well, however, winning there five times from nine starts, and he should add to his tally on his return.

Incentivise can give trainer Richard Lee a boost ahead of Le Beau Bai's bid to land back-to-back victories in the Coral Welsh National at Christmas by scoring at Ffos Las.

Incentivise is a dour stayer, like his illustrious stablemate, and is on a roll himself this season with victories at Bangor and Fontwell. He has gone up a total of 11lb for those two wins but can prove up to the task on what is sure to be testing ground.

They also race over the sticks at Plumpton, where Cantlow will surely make it third time lucky over fences in the SIS Live Novices' Chase.

Having finished off last season with a hurdling mark of 148, owner JP McManus stepped in to purchase the seven-year-old. McManus may be a little disappointed he has been beaten in his first two starts, but in fairness, he did not do much wrong when just held by the smart Hazy Tom on his debut at Warwick and he bumped into the even more talented Sire De Grugy at Lingfield last time. With that experience under his belt, the time is right to side with Paul Webber's charge.

John Gosden's filly was seemingly totally unfancied for her Newmarket debut in August as she was sent off at 40-1, but ran a race full of promise.

The juvenile travelled smoothly and, despite being hampered heading inside the last of seven furlongs, she was not beaten far into fourth by winning stable companion Winsili.

Solace unsurprisingly was a far shorter price in her next appearance, at Goodwood in September, but that time was slightly disappointing as she actually lost ground on a couple of those she met at Newmarket.

That said, she was not completely disgraced in finishing fifth and in the context of this race, it looks pretty decent form.

A trip to Dunstall Park represents a far less taxing assignment and connections will be very hopeful that she can sign off her two-year-old campaign with a win.

Few will back against the record-breaking La Estrella securing yet another victory in the Hotel & Conferencing At Wolverhampton Selling Stakes. In early November the veteran became the first horse to rack up 13 consecutive victories at Southwell, and nobody will have been more disappointed than trainer Don Cantillon when it was announced that course would have to close until February because of flood damage.

He has a decent record at Wolverhampton as well, however, winning there five times from nine starts, and he should add to his tally on his return.

Incentivise can give trainer Richard Lee a boost ahead of Le Beau Bai's bid to land back-to-back victories in the Coral Welsh National at Christmas by scoring at Ffos Las.

Incentivise is a dour stayer, like his illustrious stablemate, and is on a roll himself this season with victories at Bangor and Fontwell. He has gone up a total of 11lb for those two wins but can prove up to the task on what is sure to be testing ground.

They also race over the sticks at Plumpton, where Cantlow will surely make it third time lucky over fences in the SIS Live Novices' Chase.

Having finished off last season with a hurdling mark of 148, owner JP McManus stepped in to purchase the seven-year-old. McManus may be a little disappointed he has been beaten in his first two starts, but in fairness, he did not do much wrong when just held by the smart Hazy Tom on his debut at Warwick and he bumped into the even more talented Sire De Grugy at Lingfield last time. With that experience under his belt, the time is right to side with Paul Webber's charge.

* Hereford is anything but the prettiest or the most popular of Britain's racecourses but it was easy to sympathise with those who care about the place as the gates shut yesterday for possibly the final time.

Meetings have been staged at Hereford for more than 240 years and a decent crowd of 2600 gathered to bid farewell – around twice as many as usual, according to clerk of the course Keith Ottesen. But it could not quite be said the locals had turned out in force, as only 1100 of those were paying customers.

Some 500 tickets were distributed free locally and others were taken by those involved, with general manager Darren Cook saying he was "disappointed, as we promoted it heavily".

Disputes with the local council over the lease have led to owners Arena Racing Company deciding to curtail a business which it says is not financially viable.

Even if this is the case, any of the remaining races of even vague importance have long been transferred elsewhere and recent investment in the facilities is non- existent, with the bar for owners and trainers, for example, housed in a dilapidated shack.

Unless a new party comes in, and there has been talk but apparently no concrete evidence of such at the moment, it seems most likely the track will lie dormant for the remaining 17 years of the lease.

* Patrick Mullins equalled the long- standing record for the number of winners by an amateur jockey in a calendar year in Ireland when Union Dues yesterday provided him with his 72nd victory of 2012 at Navan.

Billy Parkinson was the last amateur to ride so many, back in 1915.

Union Dues, sent off at 3-1, quickened up smartly to beat the Ted Walsh-trained odds-on favourite Champagne James in the Irish Form Book 'Future Champions' Flat Race, to provide Mullins' father, Willie, with a treble on the day.

The winner was inserted into the betting at 16-1 by Paddy Power for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.

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