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  • 14:35 Ladbrokes Portland Handicap5f 140y

  • £60,000 added 3yo+ 21 ran
  • Winner £37,350 2nd £11,184 3rd £5,592 4th £2,796
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 1m 6.69s
  • Off time: 14:38:56

Packet boost for Kingscote

View from connections ahead of Saturday's Portland Handicap

Last Updated: 09/09/11 2:54pm

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Zero Money: Popular in the Portland

Zero Money: Popular in the Portland

Richard Kingscote has the chance of gaining some minor compensation for missing out on a ride in the Ladbrokes St Leger, with Jonathan Portman handing him the spare ride on Joe Packet in the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap earlier on the card at Doncaster.

It was decided by Tom Dascombe and connections of Brown Panther that Kieren Fallon's experience would help him in the Classic and Kingscote was replaced.

He would not usually be riding Joe Packet, who has been revitalised by a summer break, returning to win a Windsor handicap under Jim Crowley and going close to landing a conditions race at Bath last time despite stumbling at the start.

"He's in good form and we're looking forward to it," said Portman, who trains near Newbury.

"He just wasn't himself at the start of the year so we gave him a break and it seems to have worked.

"Jim Crowley would usually ride but his agent said he wouldn't be available and, as he also represents Richard, he suggested him.

"We know Richard well anyway and he has ridden plenty of winners for us."

Fiendishly Difficult

With 22 set to start down the five and a half furlongs, it looks as fiendishly difficult a Portland as ever.

Jimmy Styles returns to Town Moor for the first time since a Listed win there in the spring.

"Obviously he's got top weight, but he's run consistently well through the year and his course win in the Cammidge Trophy early in the year would put him there with a chance," reported trainer Clive Cox.

Rain Delayed has not yet won a race since his transfer from Ger Lyons to Michael Dods, but connections are not writing him off.

Tim Jones, racing manager for owner Andrew Tinkler, said: "He's like a lot of sprinters in that they come in and out of form a bit.

"If you look back at the best of his form in the Palace House (when second) earlier in the year he'd have a great chance.

"Michael has always felt that the Portland would suit him well. We're hopeful rather than confident, but with these sprinters that's all you can be."

David Marnane, who landed the race two years ago with Santo Padre, returns with an interesting South African import in Nocturnal Affair, while Roger Charlton's Zero Money is sure to be very popular.

He zipped home at Haydock a week ago, looking a stakes performer in the making.

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