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  • 13:55 totepool Heritage Handicap5f

  • £100,000 added 3yo+ 18 ran
  • Winner £62,250 2nd £18,640 3rd £9,320 4th £4,660
  • Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 0m 58.89s
  • Off time: 13:55:59

Appleby sweet on Demora

Last Updated: 11/07/14 12:55pm

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Demora has been in fantastic form this season.

Demora has been in fantastic form this season.

View from connections ahead of Saturday's Totepool Heritage Handicap at Ascot.

Trainer Michael Appleby is in confident mood ahead of Demora's bid to clinch another big lucrative prize in Saturday's Totepool Heritage Handicap at Ascot.

The five-year-old made big strides in 2013, signing off for the year with victory in a valuable contest at Haydock, and made a most impressive return to action with an all-the-way win in Musselburgh's Scottish Sprint Cup a month ago.

Apprentice jockey Alistair Rawlinson keeps the ride this weekend and it is a measure of the regard in which the mare is held by her trainer that Appleby is considering a tilt at the Group One Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp in October.

He said: "She's in great from and has a good draw (stall 19), so we're expecting a very good run from her.

"She was good at Musselburgh and I think she might have come on a bit since then. There might be a bit of improvement in her.

"The ground is on the quick side, but that shouldn't be a problem. I think she'd go on any ground, to be honest.

"Ali keeps the ride as it's a handicap and he can claim off her. Were she to win on Saturday, you'd be looking at Listed and Group races and Andrew (Mullen, stable jockey) will get back on board I would have thought.

"The Abbaye is a race we've got in mind for her at the end of the year, but we'll see how she goes on Saturday before we make any plans."

Demora is one of two star sprinters Appleby has in his care this season, with the equally exciting Danzeno clinching the Group Three Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle last month.

Appleby said: "The two of them have worked together in the past, but Demora just has that touch more speed.

"She works on her own most of the time these days, as nothing can go with her."

Robert Cowell's Intrinsic made a flying start to the year with wins at Ascot and Goodwood in May before missing the cut when well fancied for the Wokingham at the Royal meeting.He drops back to five furlongs for the first time this weekend, with Cowell keen to find out whether he can be effective over the minimum distance."He's a really nice horse, we like him and we've got a lot of time for him," said the trainer."We could have gone for another six-furlong handicap somewhere and got another win out of him, but we're coming back to five instead and it is a bit of an experiment."There's some good prize-money on offer, so we thought it was worth a go and we'll see how we get on."I would like to see a bit of rain just to ease the ground a smidgen and maybe slow a few of the others down."Cowell also saddles the three-year-old Speed Hawk, who was last seen chasing home the talented Extortionist in a Newmarket handicap three weeks ago."I think he has a good chance as well, but he is taking on older horses for the first time," said Cowell."He bumped into one at Newmarket. Extortionist is a stone higher in the weights now and a Group Three winner, but our horse ran a good race."He's a different horse to Intrinsic. This horse is probably a proper five-furlong specialist, whereas Intrinsic could be better over six, but hopefully both of them go there with a sporting chance."Morawij showed smart form as a two-year-old for Roger Varian and was a Listed winner at three.He finished last of seven runners on his only previous start this year at Musselburgh, but Varian anticipates improvement.He told his website "Morawij has been working well. He ran well in the Norfolk over this course and distance as a two-year-old and I think a track like Ascot suits him."He has a lot of weight but he goes there in good form and should be competitive."Marco Botti's hardened sprinter Masamah and David Barron's hat-trick seeker Robot Boy also feature in a wide-open contest.
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