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  • 14:55 Rosebery Handicap 1m 3f

  • (London Middle Distance Qualifier) £45,000 added 4yo+ 14 ran
  • Winner £28,012 2nd £8,388 3rd £4,194 4th £2,097
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
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  • Winning time: 2m 18.65s
  • Off time: 14:55:39

Buckland camp fear handicapper

Last Updated: 29/03/13 1:40pm

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Richard Hannon: Runs Pilgrims Rest in Rosebery

Richard Hannon: Runs Pilgrims Rest in Rosebery

Hans Adielsson fears the handicapper may curtail Buckland's winning streak in the Rosebery Handicap at Kempton.

The improving five-year-old has won his last three races, rising from a mark of 70 to 91 in the process and striking up a good partnership with Nicole Nordblad.

Despite winning quite cosily last time out, Adielsson believes a 5lb rise for a half-length success is harsh in the extreme.

"He seems to maintain his form well but the handicapper has loaded him with weight, he only won by half a length," said Adielsson.

"It's a competitive race with 16 runners and I just wonder whether one or two might have a bit more up their sleeves.

"But, he's still in good shape and worked well the other day so he should run well."

Robert Eddery took Vasily to Kempton for a gallop last week and was delighted with what he saw.

"I'm very pleased with him. We took him to Kempton for a gallop 10 days ago to try and knock the fizz out of him because the last two years he's been far too keen on his first run," said Eddery.

"I think he's improved and if he has he'll take all the beating because he's definitely fit enough.

"In the mornings he works like a Group horse but he's not shown that on track yet, I'm still waiting for it but when he does he could prove to be well handicapped. If we can keep the lid on him I'm sure he will.

"I want to win a Listed or a Group Three with him as then we can sell him as he's still an entire.

"Believe it or not, despite being by Sadler's Wells he loves fast ground so this surface will suit him."

Roger Charlton has always thought highly of Cry Fury but for one reason or another things have never quite panned out as he would have liked.

"He's been off a while and was limited to just one run last season as he had a setback in mid-summer," said Charlton.

"He's a course and distance winner so this looked a nice race to start him off in but having been off for so long he might just need it a bit more than some of the others.

"Even though he had just one run last year he was only four and a half lengths behind Gatewood and he didn't really handle Epsom so it was a good effort."

Scottish Star represents James Eustace and sneaks in towards the bottom of the handicap.

Eustace told his website: "It is a £45,000 handicap so it is a very competitive race but he goes there in good form. One mile and three furlongs at Kempton is the ideal distance and track for him on the all-weather .

"He has run two decent races so far this year and the horses are all running well. It would be a good way to kick start the new turf season if he could pick up the prize on Saturday."

Richard Hannon runs Pilgrims Rest who was well beaten in the Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton behind Strictly Silver.

"He found the extended mile too sharp in the Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton, but the race will have helped blow away the cobwebs, and, having won over this trip at Newbury two years ago, he will appreciate going back up in distance," Hannon told

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