In the Equine Productions Handicap (4.00) at Newbury on Friday, Areen Heart was the apple of Richard Fahey’s eye at one point in his career, but became disappointing and left the yard in September to join David O’Meara. Any revival in his fortunes has not been immediately forthcoming, although he did run a little better – albeit ultimately disqualified and placed last – when third of eight, beaten 6 lengths, behind The Grape Escape in a 0-95 contest at Pontefract earlier this month. The son of Exceed And Excel has just a lowly Beverley maiden win to his name but, if David O’Meara can work the oracle, as he’s prone to doing with other trainers’ castoffs, he doesn’t look badly handicapped on the pick of his from for his previous trainer. Obviously, he comes with risks attached, but that should be reflected in his price and, if he is to fulfil at least some of his earlier potential, he needs to start winning races like this.

Selection: Newbury 4.00 Areen Heart to win  10-1

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