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While reading Mystics, Mavericks and Merrymakers, I sometimes felt that I was reading a collection of short stories.
Once again the handicapper has stepped in, but Merrymaker can continue to improve on Polytrack and is taken to win again.
There is unlikely to be anything of that calibre in opposition at Gosforth Park tomorrow, so punters are strongly advised to keep a close eye on Merrymaker in the betting market.
Mr Simon Prankerd, who was 32, was skippering the cabin cruiser Bill It off Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November 1997 when millionaire property developer Stanley Cameron, (58) crashed into it in his boat Merrymaker.
Bronze Dancer and Merrymaker both shaped with promise on their first runs of the year and should provide the bulk of the opposition to Charlotte Vale.
Nicky Richards and Brian Harding teamed up to land the maiden hurdle with Merrymaker, who saw off Amhairghin by seven lengths.
James Given's horses are running into top form and the Lincolnshire-based handler was on the mark again with Nessen Dorma, who nailed Merrymaker right on the post in the Studley Royal Handicap to record a short-head verdict at 14-1.
Being employed by the best suggests you are the best, and two spells with Henry Cecil (1971-1986 and 1992-2005), when mainly occupying the role of head groom, and a six-year spell with Sir Michael Stoute in between, underline that Conlon is more than just a merrymaker.
Merrymaker is one of Sir Michael Stoute's less talented performers though it would be dangerous to ignore his presence in the BBC North Yorkshire Handicap as Distant Cousin is becoming frustrating and McGillycuddy Reeks doesn't seem suited by this track.
Patrick Mathers gave Merrymaker a peach of a ride, coming late to win the 2m handicap, while Liam Treadwell burrowed his way up the inside rail on Out For A Stroll to get up close home and catch top-weight Chicken Soup to justify favouritism in the concluding apprentice handicap.
There was a tight finish to the mile-and-a-half handicap in which Namat preserved his unbeaten record for Willie Jarvis by holding Feed The Meter and Merrymaker by two necks in the hands of Seb Sanders.
MARK BRISBOURNE set a new personal best score for a calendar year when saddling Merrymaker to take the 14-furlong handicap under Pat Mathers.