Timeform US Preview: National Handicapping Championship

Woodbine and Hawthorne host the National Handicapping Championship this weekend
Woodbine and Hawthorne host the National Handicapping Championship this weekend

Timeform's Mark Milligan previews all ten National Handicapping Championship races at Woodbine and Hawthorne on Friday evening.

"She looks sure to go well again, but could have company on the front-end which may well help set this up for Allwehaveisnow, whose consistency is to be admired..."

Woodbine R1 (18:00 GMT)
Majestic Slew returned to the claiming ranks with a strong effort from the front last time, beaten just a length and a half behind Ninth Symphony. His trainer takes the blinkers off for this assignment, and with other early speed in the race, that is probably a good move. Canadian Class is still lightly-raced enough to be progressive and rates the main danger.
Recommendation: Back Majestic Slew

Woodbine R2 (18:31 GMT)
Cosmic Charlie is sure to garner plenty of attention in this low-level claimer, boasting strong form at a higher level. However, a class-drop last time didn't see him improve, and this further drop smacks a bit of desperation. He is worth taking on with Millioninthemaking, who recorded a good time when second last time out.
Recommendation: Back Millioninthemaking

Woodbine R3 (19:02 GMT)
An open race in which a narrow vote goes to Tap o'the Mountain, who has been performing consistently since switched from turf back to the all-weather in September. I Cannot Find It is capable at her best, while Thalias Fire is another to consider.
Recommendation: Back Tap o'the Mountain

Woodbine R4 (19:33 GMT)
Although she has yet to run as fast as likely favourite Rhythm Blues, Timberline has plenty of upside and goes first-off-the-claim for a trainer who excels with new acquisitions. With blinkers added for the first time, and in receipt of 5 lb from Rhythm Blues, Timberline looks the value play in this contest.
Recommendation: Back Timberline

Woodbine R5 (20:07 GMT)
Mark Casse's Cummings Road disappointed as favourite last time, but that came at a higher level, and his trainer wastes no time in dropping him down a few notches to get him back on track. An impressive winner on his most recent start, Courtville looks the obvious danger.
Recommendation: Back Cummings Road

Hawthorne R1 (20:20 GMT)
Kris Road is the deserved Morning Line favourite for this contest, her best form giving her a fine chance. However, her price is likely to be tight enough and at a forecast price of 8/1 Hold Me Sue makes much more appeal. A repeat of her runner-up finish last time would put her right in the mix.
Recommendation: Back Hold Me Sue

Woodbine R6 (20:40 GMT)
Plenty of in-form horses line up in this $40k claimer, including last-time-out winner Patsy's Star. She looks sure to go well again, but could have company on the front-end which may well help set this up for Allwehaveisnow, whose consistency is to be admired. She look sure to run a good race.
Recommendation: Back Allwehaveisnow

Hawthorne R2 (20:50 GMT)
A conundrum of a race to try and solve, with little or no turf form to go on. With that in mind, it might be worth swinging for the fences with Break the Deal, who could well be underestimated at a forecast price of 20/1. Bred to excel on turf, he won't need to be anything special to make a winning debut here.
Recommendation: Back Break the Deal

Woodbine R7 (21:13 GMT)
A competitive allowance contest in which plenty can be given some sort of chance. Frosty Vixen and Princess Royal head the shortlist, and they would both be fancied ahead of Morning Line favourite Another Girl, who tends to find one or two too good most of the time. As a consequence, Another Girl looks worth laying in this event.
Recommendation: Lay Another Girl

Hawthorne R3 (21:20 GMT)
Another modest maiden claimer that can go the way of debutante Shezafriendlyghost, trained by the excellent Larry Rivelli. With a 26% record with horses making debuts at this level, Rivelli certainly knows how to ready one, and Shezafriendlyghost is well worth supporting in a race that looks very weak.
Recommendation: Back Shezafriendlyghost

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