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Moss seeks quick compensation

David Brown is forecasting improvement from Glen Moss in Saturday's 25 Free Bet At corbettsports.com Handicap at Haydock.

Twice a winner for Charlie Hills last summer, he was bought by John Fretwell and made his debut for Brown at Kempton last week, staying close to the pace and finishing second behind Georgian Bay as an 11-4 favourite.

"It was his first run for us and I think he was a bit ring-rusty," said the trainer.

"He came out of the race well and he's ready to go. Obviously you learn things about a horse the longer you have them. I think we can change things a little, and we might alter our tactics slightly."

Set The Trend also made his debut for a new stable last month at Kempton, where he was last of four in a conditions race.

He was previously a solid performer for both Andrew Balding and David O'Meara and new trainer David Dennis is anticipating a better effort this time.

"It didn't go to plan at Kempton as he missed the break and didn't give himself much of a chance," said Dennis.

"He's got a good record at the course and has won twice over course and distance, and good to firm ground would be to his advantage."

David Barron has a strong hand with three runners headed by top-weight Bertiewhittle, who has been third in two decent races on the all-weather after returning from Dubai.

Big Johnny D won three times last season after transferring to Barron from John Dunlop, while the shrewd North Yorkshire trainer also saddles ex-Brown inmate Newstead Abbey.

Sir Reginald, representing Richard Fahey and Jim McGrath, caught the eye when staying on for fourth over six furlongs at Doncaster and should be suited by the slightly longer trip.

Dont Bother Me has joined Marco Botti from Irish trainer Niall Moran, for whom he ran fairly well in strong Group company while Consign and Balty Boys are other interesting runners among the 14.