23 OCTOBER 1971, Page 23

Juliette's Weekly Frolic

MY unhappy love affair with the ' flat ' never quite got of the ground, but when Cossall burst through the driving rain to lead the Cesaretyltch field into its final two furlongs, I believed it could yet end on a triumphant note. One last Chance for a big race coup before conceding defeat in this unrewarding tussle presents itself in Doncaster's Manchester Handicap. Dearly as I love and shall support Melody Rock when he returns to the serious businea; of hurdling, quality plus weight doesn't often equal handicaps and of the uninsp.ring remainder I prefer the chances of Sandal. With 8st 131b he has Plenty to do, but two recent runs, besides giving him the edge on Watermelon and Gay Perch, indicate he's at his best just now. The one mile Observer Gold Cup is rightly eatablished as the most testing juvenile classic trial

and favourite, Meadow Mint, has an awesome collection of wins marred only by a slipped saddle at the ' Gimcrack' start. If danger lurks anywhere it must be with Cote d'Azur — running on into third place on his debut behind Rascolink, he could justify his tall home reputation over the extra furlong here. While the star-studded cast of the Hermitage Chase lures me to Newbury this Saturday, it would be wise to resist gambling on the relative fitness of our top chasers when for most its a first appearance. However, the temptation, and trlY faith in Fred Winter, is strong enough for supporting Into View against another old friend, Spanish Steps.

Assets: £16.70 Outlay: £2 ew Sandal (at 20 to 1). £2 to win Cote d'Azur (at 8 to 1) and £3 to win Into View.