13:15 Ascot 18 Feb 2012

Espirito Santo Investment Bank Novices' Hurdle (Class 2) (5YO plus)

Winner £10,010 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: None

1

2m 3f 110y

Good to Soft (Good in places)

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1-11F
iT
Black, grey disc, armlets and cap (Brannon, Dick, Hernon & Holden)

Super Duty (IRE)  47 

b g Shantou - Sarah's Cottage (Topanoora)

D BF
6 11-8
133
6 11-8
133

Bumper winner who looked the part when winning first 2 starts at up to 2½m over hurdles. Likely winner when falling last at Ayr in January and capable of better still if that hasn't left a mark.

Bumper winner who looked the part when winning first 2 starts at up to 2½m over hurdles. Likely winner when falling last at Ayr in January and capable of better still if that hasn't left a mark.

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2
2
iT
Red, white chevron, hooped sleeves and cap (Mrs Karola Vann)

Bold Henry 44 

b g Kayf Tara - Madam Min (Overbury)

6 11-0
-
6 11-0
-

Well clear of remainder when chasing home a useful prospect in a Ludlow bumper in January. Longer trip sure to suit now going jumping, but no easy task all the same.

Well clear of remainder when chasing home a useful prospect in a Ludlow bumper in January. Longer trip sure to suit now going jumping, but no easy task all the same.

3
1-5
iT
Emerald green, red star, white sleeves, red stars, red cap (Ian Payne & Kim Franklin)

Denali Highway (IRE)  64 

ch g Governor Brown - Amaretto Flame (First Trump)

5 11-0
-
5 11-0
-

Created a good impression when landing a Uttoxeter bumper on debut in March. Shaped as though needing run when reappearing over hurdles here (2¾m) in December and sure to do better.

Created a good impression when landing a Uttoxeter bumper on debut in March. Shaped as though needing run when reappearing over hurdles here (2¾m) in December and sure to do better.

4
111-2
iT
Light blue, dark blue cross of lorraine, hooped sleeves, striped cap (Seasons Holidays)

Keys (IRE)  77 

b g Doyen - Freni (Sternkoenig)

C
5 11-0
-
5 11-0
-

Unbeaten in bumpers and won twice on Flat last summer. Most encouraging start over hurdles when chasing home a smart prospect at Aintree (17f) in December and very much respected upped in trip now.

Unbeaten in bumpers and won twice on Flat last summer. Most encouraging start over hurdles when chasing home a smart prospect at Aintree (17f) in December and very much respected upped in trip now.

5
36
iT
Dark blue, orange disc, diabolo on sleeves, orange cap (Lucky Bin Racing)

Polarbrook (IRE)  31 

br g Alderbrook - Frozen Cello (Arctic Lord)

5 11-0
-
5 11-0
-

Didn't shape too badly in face of insufficient test when third at Uttoxeter (2m) in October, but no great improvement upped to 19f last month and this altogether more demanding.

Didn't shape too badly in face of insufficient test when third at Uttoxeter (2m) in October, but no great improvement upped to 19f last month and this altogether more demanding.

6
43-24P
iT
Dark blue, pink epaulets, armlets and cap (Dr V M G Ferguson)

Redbridge Rebel 42 

b g Beat All - Arctic Revel (Arctic Lord)

6 11-0
-
6 11-0
-

In frame all 3 starts in points in 2011. Promising first try over hurdles when third at Taunton (3m) in December, but shaped as if amiss last time and bit to prove after that.

In frame all 3 starts in points in 2011. Promising first try over hurdles when third at Taunton (3m) in December, but shaped as if amiss last time and bit to prove after that.

7
1-4
iT
Pink, large purple spots, hooped sleeves (Mr Chris Giles & Potensis Limited)

Saint Roque (FR)  69 

b g Lavirco - Moody Cloud (Cyborg)

6 11-0
-
6 11-0
-

Successful sole start in points in March. Travelled strongly for much of the way when promising third on hurdling bow at Hereford (2¾m) in December and another who should improve.

Successful sole start in points in March. Travelled strongly for much of the way when promising third on hurdling bow at Hereford (2¾m) in December and another who should improve.

8
3
iT
Red and white check, white cap (Mr T D J Syder)

The Last Night (FR)  22 

ch g April Night - La Pelode (Dress Parade)

5 11-0
-
5 11-0
-

Shaped with a fair degree of promise on hurdling bow when third at Huntingdon (2m) in January, despite being none too fluent. Improvement on the cards if benefiting from step up in trip.

Shaped with a fair degree of promise on hurdling bow when third at Huntingdon (2m) in January, despite being none too fluent. Improvement on the cards if benefiting from step up in trip.

9
P1578
iT
Light blue, emerald green star, emerald green cap, light blue star (The Western King Partnership)

Western King (IRE)  25 

b g Definite Article - Western Road (King's Theatre)

5 11-0
-
5 11-0
-

Point winner who hasn't been unduly knocked about all 3 starts at up to 2¾m over hurdles, but future almost certainly lies in handicaps.

Point winner who hasn't been unduly knocked about all 3 starts at up to 2¾m over hurdles, but future almost certainly lies in handicaps.

10
8-50
iT
Maroon, white chevron, black sleeves, maroon cap, black star (Mr M C Sargent)

Zagova (IRE)  88 

b g Zagreb - Move Over Lucy (Grand Plaisir)

6 11-0
-
6 11-0
-

Not shown a lot in a bumper/novice hurdles at up to 21f and yard run a couple of others with more pressing claims.

Not shown a lot in a bumper/novice hurdles at up to 21f and yard run a couple of others with more pressing claims.

Verdict

Classy bumper performer KEYS sets the standard here having followed home Supreme Novices' Hurdle fancy Cinders And Ashes on his hurdling debut at Aintree in December and providing the subsequent layoff hasn't affected him in any way, Nicky Henderson's five-year-old should make it second time lucky over timber. Last-flight Ayr faller Super Duty was in the process of enhancing his unbeaten record at the time and must be respected, despite conceding weight, while point-to-point winner Saint Roque is open to improvement but may need further.

Verdict

Super Duty was unfortunate not to keep his unbeaten record intact when coming a cropper at the last at Ayr in January, but the highly promising Keys is taken to make the most of the 8 lb weight concession. Saint Roque is another likely improver.

13:50 Ascot 18 Feb 2012

Sodexo Prestige Reynoldstown Novices' Chase (Grade 2) (Class 1) (5YO plus)

Winner £14,068 - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

2

3m

Good to Soft (Good in places)

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1111-13
iT
Navy blue, scarlet stripe and cap (The Not Afraid Partnership)

Bobs Worth (IRE)  54 

b g Bob Back - Fashionista (King's Theatre)

D
7 11-7
151
7 11-7
151

Unbeaten as a novice hurdler last season and made successful start to chase career at Newbury in November. Behind Silviniaco Conti in Feltham last time, but stiffer track here will suit.

Unbeaten as a novice hurdler last season and made successful start to chase career at Newbury in November. Behind Silviniaco Conti in Feltham last time, but stiffer track here will suit.

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134-312
iT
Red, pink hoop and armlets (Potensis Limited & Mr Chris Giles)

Silviniaco Conti (FR)  54 

ch g Dom Alco - Gazelle Lulu (Altayan)

C
6 11-7
154
6 11-7
154

High-class hurdler and on way to reaching similar level over fences judged by his win in Grade 2 at Wincanton and second to Grands Crus in the Feltham (Bobs Worth third). Leading claims.

High-class hurdler and on way to reaching similar level over fences judged by his win in Grade 2 at Wincanton and second to Grands Crus in the Feltham (Bobs Worth third). Leading claims.

3
32-2112
iT
Dark blue, grey sleeves, pink cap (Mrs P M Sly)

Helpston 54 

b g Sir Harry Lewis - Chichell's Hurst (Oats)

D
8 11-4
140
8 11-4
140

Landed back to back wins at Wetherby and Fakenham in the autumn before improving further when second in Rowland Meyrick last time. Winner/third won since and not one to underestimate.

Landed back to back wins at Wetherby and Fakenham in the autumn before improving further when second in Rowland Meyrick last time. Winner/third won since and not one to underestimate.

4
301-113
iT
Grey, white epaulets (Mr & Mrs R Kelvin Hughes)

Invictus (IRE)  48 

b g Flemensfirth - Clashwilliam Girl (Seymour Hicks)

C D
6 11-4
149
6 11-4
149

Form taken off switched to fences this season, impressively winning at Hereford and Plumpton. Jumping errors crept in when third in Dipper (21f) last time, but should appreciate step up to 3m.

Form taken off switched to fences this season, impressively winning at Hereford and Plumpton. Jumping errors crept in when third in Dipper (21f) last time, but should appreciate step up to 3m.

5
20-2412
iT
White and black stripes, royal blue sleeves, white cap (Alan Beard & Brian Beard)

Alfie Spinner (IRE)  35 

b g Alflora - Little Red Spider (Bustino)

D
7 11-0
135
7 11-0
135

Dual hurdles winner who got off the mark at third time of asking over fences at Chepstow in December. Found one too good at Warwick last time and good deal more needed here.

Dual hurdles winner who got off the mark at third time of asking over fences at Chepstow in December. Found one too good at Warwick last time and good deal more needed here.

6
12-2F11
iT
Pink and orange stripes, light green cap (Massive)

Baile Anrai (IRE)  39 

b g Norwich - Rose Ana (Roselier)

D
8 11-0
133
8 11-0
133

Second to Fingal Bay in Grade 2 over hurdles in October, and has put mishap on chase debut behind him to win at Towcester and Leicester in recent months. Well worth his place back up in class.

Second to Fingal Bay in Grade 2 over hurdles in October, and has put mishap on chase debut behind him to win at Towcester and Leicester in recent months. Well worth his place back up in class.

7
7-42926
iT
Light green, yellow inverted triangle, yellow sleeves, red diamonds, yellow cap, red diamonds (Mr D W Fox)

Our Island (IRE)  53 

b g Turtle Island - Linda's Leader (Supreme Leader)

D
7 11-0 p
130
7 11-0 p
130

Point/hurdles winner who stuck to task when second in handicap at Haydock in December. Possibly found Welsh National coming too soon last time, but surprise were he good enough to win this.

Point/hurdles winner who stuck to task when second in handicap at Haydock in December. Possibly found Welsh National coming too soon last time, but surprise were he good enough to win this.

Verdict

Invictus could be interesting stepping up to 3m for the first time in his career but he'll need some improvement to get the better of SILVINIACO CONTI and Bobs Worth, who finished second and third respectively to Grands Crus in the Grade 1 Feltham at Kempton on Boxing Day. The Paul Nicholls-trained selection still has room for improvement in the jumping department and he can confirm his superiority over Bobs Worth, who looks all about stamina. Alfie Spinner may also need more of a test and he's one to note when sent down the handicap route.

Verdict

Silviniaco Conti finished 3 lengths in front of Bobs Worth in the Feltham last time, but Nicky Henderson's charge will appreciate the greater emphasis on stamina that this track provides and is fancied to turn the tables. Invictus should improve for the step up to 3m and can take third.

14:25 Ascot 18 Feb 2012

Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Chase (Listed Limited Handicap) (Class 1) (5YO plus)

Winner £22,780 - 12 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

3m

Good to Soft (Good in places)

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Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
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1
113P-11
iT
Red, white cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap (Mr C G Roach)

The Minack (IRE)  63 

b g King's Theatre - Ebony Jane (Roselier)

CD
8 11-10
159
8 11-10
159

Winning hurdler/very smart handicap chaser who is fast improving this season, scoring at Wincanton and over C&D last time. Shooting up the weights, but not got to the bottom of him yet.

Winning hurdler/very smart handicap chaser who is fast improving this season, scoring at Wincanton and over C&D last time. Shooting up the weights, but not got to the bottom of him yet.

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221-P09
iT
Orange, blue and chocolate hoops, orange cap (A G Fear & A J Norman)

Hell's Bay (FR)  21 

b g Supreme Leader - Queen's Flagship (Accordion)

10 10-13 t
148
10 10-13 t
148

Useful hurdler/chaser who has yet to rediscover his form since returning from injury this term. However, moved well for a long way despite mistakes last time, so by no means a lost cause.

Useful hurdler/chaser who has yet to rediscover his form since returning from injury this term. However, moved well for a long way despite mistakes last time, so by no means a lost cause.

3
2353/1-P
iT
Black and light blue (quartered), black sleeves, white cap (Mr Alan Peterson)

Massini's Maguire (IRE)  63 

b g Dr Massini - Molly Maguire (Supreme Leader)

CD
11 10-13
148
11 10-13
148

Fragile but talented type for Philip Hobbs who made winning start for this yard over C&D in October 2010. First run since then when presumably having a problem here behind The Minack in December.

Fragile but talented type for Philip Hobbs who made winning start for this yard over C&D in October 2010. First run since then when presumably having a problem here behind The Minack in December.

4
3F2P/13
iT
Royal blue, pink hoop (Mr & Mrs William Rucker)

Cappa Bleu (IRE)  53 

b g Pistolet Bleu - Cappagale (Strong Gale)

D
10 10-12 t
147
10 10-12 t
147

Back from absence in fine style to win valuable 3m Haydock handicap in November and third of 20 in the Welsh Grand National since, not as positively ridden as the front pair. Leading player.

Back from absence in fine style to win valuable 3m Haydock handicap in November and third of 20 in the Welsh Grand National since, not as positively ridden as the front pair. Leading player.

5
5F-P29P
iT
Dark green and white stripes, dark green sleeves, white armlets, white cap (Sarah Bays Jill Scott Sarah MacEchern)

Crescent Island (IRE)  28 

b g Presenting - Island Crest (Jupiter Island)

9 10-11 b
146
9 10-11 b
146

Ran a blinder to be runner-up at Newbury in November, but followed that with poor display at Cheltenham, and worse still when reluctant at Haydock last time. No surprise that blinkers now back on.

Ran a blinder to be runner-up at Newbury in November, but followed that with poor display at Cheltenham, and worse still when reluctant at Haydock last time. No surprise that blinkers now back on.

6
13P-125
iT
Mauve, white sash, red cap (Miss I D Du Pre)

Chance Du Roy (FR)  21 

ch g Morespeed - La Chance Au Roy (Rex Magna)

8 10-10
145 1
8 10-10
145 1

Posted career best to nab 2½m handicap at Newbury on return, and respectable second at Chepstow next time. Not so good at Cheltenham since, his hopes now rest on progressing for the longer trip.

Posted career best to nab 2½m handicap at Newbury on return, and respectable second at Chepstow next time. Not so good at Cheltenham since, his hopes now rest on progressing for the longer trip.

7
2137-F2
iT
Black, white hoop and sleeves, hooped cap (The Glazeley Partnership)

Pearlysteps 28 

ch g Alflora - Pearly-B (Gunner B)

9 10-8
143
9 10-8
143

Better chaser than hurdler, his latest rallying 3½ lengths second to According To Pete in 3m Haydock handicap representing a career-best effort. Likely to be in the thick of things from the outset.

Better chaser than hurdler, his latest rallying 3½ lengths second to According To Pete in 3m Haydock handicap representing a career-best effort. Likely to be in the thick of things from the outset.

8
9U6P-15
iT
Royal blue, emerald green triple diamond and diamond on cap (The Rangers Partnership)

Exmoor Ranger (IRE)  42 

ch g Grand Plaisir - Slyguff Torus (Torus)

CD
10 10-8
143
10 10-8
143

Back to best when making winning return in Grade 3 C&D handicap in October despite trademark mistakes. Didn't fire at Sandown since, and this sort of mark always beyond him in the past.

Back to best when making winning return in Grade 3 C&D handicap in October despite trademark mistakes. Didn't fire at Sandown since, and this sort of mark always beyond him in the past.

9
134-311
iT
Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-penny Ma)

Penny Max (IRE)  48 

b g Flemensfirth - Ballymartin Trix (Buckskin)

D

Withdrawn

Withdrawn

Bumper winner who has taken well to fences as expected, winning at Newbury and Exeter last 2 starts. Up in class here, but looks up to the task.

Bumper winner who has taken well to fences as expected, winning at Newbury and Exeter last 2 starts. Up in class here, but looks up to the task.

10
3-5F94U
iT
Light blue, white chevrons, white sleeves, light blue armlets, light blue and white striped cap (Give Every Man His Due)

Tullamore Dew (IRE)  28 

ch g Pistolet Bleu - Heather Point (Pollerton)

10 10-4
139 2
10 10-4
139 2

Took well to chasing last season, and potentially dangerous if putting it all together. Running well prior to unseating 2 out in valuable handicap here last time but risky as he's not foot-perfect.

Took well to chasing last season, and potentially dangerous if putting it all together. Running well prior to unseating 2 out in valuable handicap here last time but risky as he's not foot-perfect.

11
70-143P
iT
Red, royal blue chevrons, armlets and star on cap (Mrs Caroline Mould)

Viking Blond (FR)  53 

ch g Varese - Sweet Jaune (Le Nain Jaune)

D BF
7 10-4 b
139 2
7 10-4 b
139 2

Useful hurdler who has made a smooth transition to fences, winning 3m Chepstow novice in October and third in Newbury Grade 2. No impact in Welsh National last time and 2 lb out of the weights here.

Useful hurdler who has made a smooth transition to fences, winning 3m Chepstow novice in October and third in Newbury Grade 2. No impact in Welsh National last time and 2 lb out of the weights here.

12
2513P-P
iT
Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green and emerald green quartered cap (Mr S Munir)

Be There In Five (IRE)  42 

b g Indian Danehill - Marwa (Shahrastani)

D
8 10-4
139 3
8 10-4
139 3

Improved round of jumping to win at Kempton and when third in 4-miler at Festival last season. Laboured on last month's return, and needs to leave that well behind from 3 lb out of weights.

Improved round of jumping to win at Kempton and when third in 4-miler at Festival last season. Laboured on last month's return, and needs to leave that well behind from 3 lb out of weights.

13
R-120U3
iT
Yellow, light blue cross belts, yellow and black diabolo on sleeves (Whites Of Coventry & Stephen Dunn)

Qhilimar (FR)  42 

b g Ragmar - Fhilida (Zelphi)

D
8 10-4 b
139 3
8 10-4 b
139 3

Improved performer since joining Charlie Longsdon, winning 2 of first 3 starts. Further progess to be placed 2 of 3 completed starts since, even so plenty on here from 3 lb out of the handicap.

Improved performer since joining Charlie Longsdon, winning 2 of first 3 starts. Further progess to be placed 2 of 3 completed starts since, even so plenty on here from 3 lb out of the handicap.

Verdict

CAPPA BLEU put up a brave effort when chasing home two Chepstow specialists in the Welsh National, confirming his Haydock comeback win was no fluke. The 2009 Foxhunter Chase hero is still lightly raced for a ten-year-old and he's worth another chance off this mark back on more suitable ground. The Minack seems to have really come of age this term but a 9lb rise for his C&D success in December will not be easy to overcome. Peter Marsh runner-up Pearlysteps has another 3lb to contend with but remains realistically treated, while Penny Max is the unexposed eye-catcher towards the foot of the weights and he merits close attention in his bid to complete the hat-trick.

Verdict

The hat-trick seeking duo of Penny Max and The Minack both make stacks of appeal given their current rapid rate of progress, with the first named marginally preferred. Cappa Bleu is likely to come home strongly and is another leading contender.

15:00 Ascot 18 Feb 2012

Betfair Ascot Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1) (5YO plus)

Winner £84,405 - 8 run - Draw Advantage: None

4

2m 5f 110y

Good to Soft (Good in places)

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1
28-1F1F
iT
Red, pink epaulets (Jared Sullivan & Simon Brown)

Gauvain (GER)  28 

b g Sternkoenig - Gamina (Dominion)

10 11-7
162
10 11-7
162

Wide-margin winner at Cheltenham on return, and at his best to defeat Somersby in Peterborough Chase. Faller when beaten here latest (17f) but second in this last year and place claims if at best.

Wide-margin winner at Cheltenham on return, and at his best to defeat Somersby in Peterborough Chase. Faller when beaten here latest (17f) but second in this last year and place claims if at best.

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331442
iT
Black and white diamonds, emerald green sleeves and cap (Mrs Jo Tracey)

I'msingingtheblues (IRE)  28 

b g Pistolet Bleu - Nova Rose (Ra Nova)

C
10 11-7 t
157
10 11-7 t
157

Ended losing run in 17f here in November. Solid efforts since, with career best when going down narrowly to Tatenen in C&D handicap last time. Should run his race but likely to come up a bit short.

Ended losing run in 17f here in November. Solid efforts since, with career best when going down narrowly to Tatenen in C&D handicap last time. Should run his race but likely to come up a bit short.

3
1173-12
iT
Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap (Mr R J H Geffen)

Kauto Stone (FR)  77 

ch g With The Flow - Kauto Relka (Port Etienne)

D
6 11-7
162
6 11-7
162

High-class French chaser who followed impressive win at Down Royal (2½m) last month with clear second to Sizing Europe in Tingle Creek Chase. Likely more at home at this trip and leading contender.

High-class French chaser who followed impressive win at Down Royal (2½m) last month with clear second to Sizing Europe in Tingle Creek Chase. Likely more at home at this trip and leading contender.

4
6/1155-6
iT
Royal blue, white seams, royal blue cap, white star (Mr Tony Bloom)

Little Josh (IRE)  21 

ch g Pasternak - Miss Top (Tremblant)

10 11-7
152
10 11-7
152

Won first 2 starts last season, and that form reads well now. Pleasing return from a year off when a strong-travelling sixth in Argento Chase (25f) so of interest now back in trip.

Won first 2 starts last season, and that form reads well now. Pleasing return from a year off when a strong-travelling sixth in Argento Chase (25f) so of interest now back in trip.

5
142-132
iT
Orange, black star, black and orange striped sleeves (The Dunkley & Reilly Partnership)

Medermit (FR)  70 

g g Medaaly - Miss D'hermite (Solicitor)

C
8 11-7
163
8 11-7
163

One of last season's leading novice chasers. Landed Haldon Gold Cup on return before jumping let him down in Grade 2 here (19f). Arrives on back of career best effort at Cheltenham and respected.

One of last season's leading novice chasers. Landed Haldon Gold Cup on return before jumping let him down in Grade 2 here (19f). Arrives on back of career best effort at Cheltenham and respected.

6
15F/121-
iT
Red and white diamonds, white sleeves, red armlets, red cap (Jimmy Nesbitt Partnership)

Riverside Theatre 364 

b g King's Theatre - Disallowed (Distinctly North)

CD
8 11-7
165
8 11-7
165

Progressive chaser who found only Long Run too good in the King George last season. Not seen since impressive winner of this last year but has gone well fresh and the one to beat on that form.

Progressive chaser who found only Long Run too good in the King George last season. Not seen since impressive winner of this last year but has gone well fresh and the one to beat on that form.

7
3170-71
iT
Black and white (halved), red sleeves and cap (The Stewart Family)

Tatenen (FR)  28 

b g Lost World - Tamaziya (Law Society)

CD
8 11-7
150
8 11-7
150

Landed the last 2 renewals of the valuable C&D handicap on the Victor Chandler Chase card, but not weighted to confirm recent form with Imsingingtheblues, and big career best needed to figure.

Landed the last 2 renewals of the valuable C&D handicap on the Victor Chandler Chase card, but not weighted to confirm recent form with Imsingingtheblues, and big career best needed to figure.

8
455348
iT
Black and yellow diabolo, halved sleeves, yellow cap, black star (Mr D R Fear)

The Sawyer (BEL)  21 

ch g Fleetwood - Green Land (Hero's Honor)

CD
12 11-7
129
12 11-7
129

Sure-footed front runner who goes well here. A while since he last won, and generally regressive profile suggests he won't be doing so in this grade.

Sure-footed front runner who goes well here. A while since he last won, and generally regressive profile suggests he won't be doing so in this grade.

Verdict

KAUTO STONE remains a prospect of the highest order and can resume winning ways having last been seen chasing home the brilliant Sizing Europe in the Tingle Creek back in December. Already a Grade 1 winner in his native France, Paul Nicholls' charge has been given a nice break since that personal best performance at Sandown and should have underfoot conditions to suit today as he bids to claim his first top-level success on these shores. Last year's winner Riverside Theatre makes his first start since, following injury, and plenty of attention is sure to surround the one-time King George runner-up. However he performs today, though, he is entitled to improve. Medermit seems sure to be on the premises following a string of fine efforts so far this season, while Gauvain's overall profile suggests a clear round of jumping should see last year's runner-up involved once again.

Verdict

Riverside Theatre and Kauto Stone are the obvious ones, but both return from absences and connections could have Cheltenham in mind. Given that, it could be worth chancing the bigger-priced Little Josh, whose form with Weird Al/Long Run, in combination with his eye-catching reappearance run last time, suggests he's well worth his place in this line-up.

15:35 Ascot 18 Feb 2012

Betfair. Don't Settle For Less Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) (4YO plus)

Winner £24,760 - 18 run - Draw Advantage: None

5

2m 3f 110y

Good to Soft (Good in places)

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No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
21310-1
iT
Grey and maroon diamonds, grey sleeves (Mrs Peter Andrews)

Smad Place (FR)  28 

gr g Smadoun - Bienna Star (Village Star)

CD
5 11-12
151
5 11-12
151

Useful juvenile last year who took form up another notch when landing C&D handicap on last month's return, drawing away to beat Shoreacres 7 lengths. 7 lb higher but definitely more to come.

Useful juvenile last year who took form up another notch when landing C&D handicap on last month's return, drawing away to beat Shoreacres 7 lengths. 7 lb higher but definitely more to come.

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2
124/8P-5
iT
Maroon and white (quartered), checked sleeves and cap (GDM Partnership)

Crack Away Jack 99 

ch g Gold Away - Jolly Harbour (Rudimentary)

BF
8 11-12
151
8 11-12
151

High-class hurdler for Emma Lavelle at best. Lightly raced of late, though in contention until mistake 3 out in handicap chase on debut for Paul Nicholls and could easily figure back hurdling.

High-class hurdler for Emma Lavelle at best. Lightly raced of late, though in contention until mistake 3 out in handicap chase on debut for Paul Nicholls and could easily figure back hurdling.

3
173238
iT
Light blue, orange epaulets (Middleham Park Racing Xxxv & Partner)

Mad Moose (IRE)  70 

ch g Presenting - Sheshollystar (Fourstars Allstar)

D
8 11-3
142
8 11-3
142

Smart handicap hurdler and successful twice over fences last summer. Not at very top of his game over fences when last seen in December and short break needs to revive on hurdling return.

Smart handicap hurdler and successful twice over fences last summer. Not at very top of his game over fences when last seen in December and short break needs to revive on hurdling return.

4
1124P-6
iT
Red, white chevron, hooped sleeves and cap (Mrs Karola Vann)

Dunraven Storm (IRE)  30 

br g Presenting - Foxfire (Lord Americo)

C
7 11-1
140
7 11-1
140

Useful novice hurdler last season, finishing fine second to Cue Card in Grade 2 at Cheltenham. Should be sharper for last month's return from 10 months off and longer trip here should be in favour.

Useful novice hurdler last season, finishing fine second to Cue Card in Grade 2 at Cheltenham. Should be sharper for last month's return from 10 months off and longer trip here should be in favour.

5
4-5U234
iT
Light blue, brown cross of lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap (Mr C E Stedman)

Vino Griego (FR)  28 

b g Kahyasi - Vie De Reine (Mansonnien)

C
7 10-9 b
134
7 10-9 b
134

Been in reasonable form over fences of late, including a couple of decent runs here, but he's a tricky customer and it's not too hard to look elsewhere in a race as competitive as this.

Been in reasonable form over fences of late, including a couple of decent runs here, but he's a tricky customer and it's not too hard to look elsewhere in a race as competitive as this.

6
111/9-3
iT
Red, orange and red hooped sleeves, white cap (Mr Bryan Fry)

Orzare (IRE)  28 

b g Montjeu - Contare (Shirley Heights)

6 10-7
132
6 10-7
132

Won all 3 starts over hurdles in 2009/10. Only run twice since but showed he retains all his ability when third to Smad Place here last time. Enjoys a 5 lb swing in weights with that rival now.

Won all 3 starts over hurdles in 2009/10. Only run twice since but showed he retains all his ability when third to Smad Place here last time. Enjoys a 5 lb swing in weights with that rival now.

7
1/971-32
iT
Royal blue and white diamonds, royal blue sleeves, white cap (Mr Jeremy Hancock)

Art Professor (IRE)  21 

b g In The Wings - Itab (Dayjur)

C
8 10-7
132
8 10-7
132

Useful sort who has returned with pair of good placed efforts this term, outpaced before rallying when second to Module at Cheltenham (17f) last time. Step up in trip may help judged on that.

Useful sort who has returned with pair of good placed efforts this term, outpaced before rallying when second to Module at Cheltenham (17f) last time. Step up in trip may help judged on that.

8
2F2-1FP
iT
Black and pink (quartered), maroon sleeves and cap (Eight Men & A Hoss)

Sarando 54 

b g Hernando - Dansara (Dancing Brave)

D
7 10-5 t
130
7 10-5 t
130

Going right way over fences until falling in the Hennessey at Newbury. Took little interest at Wetherby since then and back over hurdles in bid to get back on track. This a tough ask, though.

Going right way over fences until falling in the Hennessey at Newbury. Took little interest at Wetherby since then and back over hurdles in bid to get back on track. This a tough ask, though.

9
8-11
iT
Emerald green, yellow epaulets, yellow sleeves, emerald green armlets, yellow cap (M J Yarrow)

Valid Reason 65 

b g Observatory - Real Trust (Danzig)

C BF
5 10-5
130
5 10-5
130

Pretty useful Flat performer who has won novice hurdles here (2¾m) and Towcester (awarded race) this term. Experience of competitive handicaps on Flat should help but mark looks stiff enough.

Pretty useful Flat performer who has won novice hurdles here (2¾m) and Towcester (awarded race) this term. Experience of competitive handicaps on Flat should help but mark looks stiff enough.

10
11-2111
iT
Light blue, dark blue seams, striped sleeves, red cap (Yeo Racing Partnership)

Swincombe Flame 35 

b m Exit To Nowhere - Lady Felix (Batshoof)

6 10-4
129
6 10-4
129

Unbeaten in bumpers last term and most progressive over hurdles this time round, edging out Featherbed Lane in Lanzarote at Kempton (21f) last month. That strong form and 6 lb rise very fair.

Unbeaten in bumpers last term and most progressive over hurdles this time round, edging out Featherbed Lane in Lanzarote at Kempton (21f) last month. That strong form and 6 lb rise very fair.

11
0-30114
iT
EMERALD GREEN, RED and LIGHT BLUE hooped sleeves, DARK GREEN cap (Mr Pete Mercer)

Emmaslegend 54 

b m Midnight Legend - Cherrygayle (Strong Gale)

C D
7 10-4 t
129
7 10-4 t
129

Likeable mare who improved to win 2¾m handicap hurdle here in November. Made winning start over fences following month and did as well as could be expected in Grade 1 chase last time.

Likeable mare who improved to win 2¾m handicap hurdle here in November. Made winning start over fences following month and did as well as could be expected in Grade 1 chase last time.

12
322416
iT
White, red sleeves, white and red check cap (Mr Anthony Ward-Thomas)

King Edmund 42 

b g Roi de Rome - Cadbury Castle (Midyan)

C
9 10-4 t
129
9 10-4 t
129

Tough front runner who has a good record over fences here, scoring again over 17f in December. Has lower hurdles mark but has yet to prove himself anywhere near as good in this sphere.

Tough front runner who has a good record over fences here, scoring again over 17f in December. Has lower hurdles mark but has yet to prove himself anywhere near as good in this sphere.

13
212-311
iT
Dark blue and white diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap (Walters Plant Hire & James & Jean Pott)

Mountainous (IRE)  38 

b g Milan - Mullaghcloga (Glacial Storm)

D
7 10-2
127
7 10-2
127

Progressive in 4 starts at Ffos Las, including pair of handicap wins at up to 2½m in recent months. This definitely lot more competitive but he's very much unexposed.

Progressive in 4 starts at Ffos Las, including pair of handicap wins at up to 2½m in recent months. This definitely lot more competitive but he's very much unexposed.

14
132
iT
Cerise, white circle, cerise sleeves and cap (Timeform Betfair Racing Club & M Taylor)

Bourne 17 

gr g Linamix - L'affaire Monique (Machiavellian)

D BF
6 10-0
125
6 10-0
125

Useful on Flat for Luca Cumani and made winning start over hurdles at Catterick (19f) in December. Only placed on his 2 starts since but they were over 2m and return to longer trip will suit here.

Useful on Flat for Luca Cumani and made winning start over hurdles at Catterick (19f) in December. Only placed on his 2 starts since but they were over 2m and return to longer trip will suit here.

15
413240
iT
White, red chevron, emerald green and red striped sleeves, red cap (Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar)

Book'em Danno (IRE)  27 

ch g Moscow Society - Rifada (Ela-Mana-Mou)

6 10-0
125
6 10-0
125

All 3 wins have come at Market Rasen (including a bumper) but well below form on handicap debut there last time, weakening after racing freely. Not easy to fancy on the back of that.

All 3 wins have come at Market Rasen (including a bumper) but well below form on handicap debut there last time, weakening after racing freely. Not easy to fancy on the back of that.

16
141-128
iT
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

Eastlake (IRE)  35 

b g Beneficial - Guigone (Esprit du Nord)

6 10-0 (ow2)
125
6 10-0 (ow2)
125

Bumper winner who has taken well to hurdling, winning novice/maiden before good second in Chepstow handicap in October. Disappointing behind Swincombe Flame in Lanzarote but he's better than that.

Bumper winner who has taken well to hurdling, winning novice/maiden before good second in Chepstow handicap in October. Disappointing behind Swincombe Flame in Lanzarote but he's better than that.

17
222442
iT
Red, royal blue sleeves, white armlets (G Thompson, C J Leech, P Stock)

Helium (FR)  114 

b g Dream Well - Sure Harbour (Surumu)

7 10-0
125 1
7 10-0
125 1

Fairly useful hurdler who has shown similar form over fences in first half of this season. Left Nick Gifford since last seen and will need to be at best to get involved back hurdling for new yard.

Fairly useful hurdler who has shown similar form over fences in first half of this season. Left Nick Gifford since last seen and will need to be at best to get involved back hurdling for new yard.

18
042/P28-
iT
Emerald green, red and light blue hooped sleeves, quartered cap (Mr Pete Mercer)

Aimigayle 301 

b m Midnight Legend - Cherrygayle (Strong Gale)

9 10-0
125 2
9 10-0
125 2

Tough mare who won 4 times in 2008/9. Lightly raced since but showed she's as good as ever when second in handicap chase at last year's Cheltenham Festival. This a big ask on return, though.

Tough mare who won 4 times in 2008/9. Lightly raced since but showed she's as good as ever when second in handicap chase at last year's Cheltenham Festival. This a big ask on return, though.

Verdict

BOURNE looks to be starting life in the handicap hurdle division with a workable mark having been rated 97 on the Flat. He has twice failed to add to his NH debut success at Catterick in December but there was no disgrace in his head second to Spiekeroog at Newcastle last time and the move back up in distance can only be considered a plus. Swincombe Flame is on a roll after completing a hat-trick in the Lanzarote last month, while Valid Reason has notched back-to-back novice wins here and at Towcester and is another that doesn't appear overly burdened on his handicap bow. World Hurdle entrant Smad Place was impressive over C&D on his reappearance but is 7lb higher now, whereas Dunraven Storm has been eased 2lb following an encouraging comeback run at Taunton and strikes as potentially well treated.

Verdict

Really competitive fare but Swincombe Flame showed she can handle the hustle and bustle of these races in the Lanzarote and a 6 lb rise looks more than fair with the potential for better still. Smad Place has to be high on any shortlist after last month's C&D win, while Art Professor is well worth another try at this trip on the back of last month's good second at Cheltenham.

16:10 Ascot 18 Feb 2012

Trisoft 'national Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Class 2) (4YO plus)

Winner £10,010 - 6 run - Draw Advantage: None

6

2m

Good to Soft (Good in places)

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Weighed In
No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
11-1113
iT
Royal blue, dark green sleeves and cap (Mr Alan Halsall)

Hazy Tom (IRE)  64 

b g Heron Island - The Wounded Cook (Muroto)

D BF
6 11-10
142
6 11-10
142

Met with defeat for the first time upped to Graded company over C&D in December, but probably went for home too soon. Clearly much better than that, and taken to get back on track.

Met with defeat for the first time upped to Graded company over C&D in December, but probably went for home too soon. Clearly much better than that, and taken to get back on track.

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3-2F
iT
Royal blue, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, royal blue star (Mrs Julien Turner)

Captain Sunshine 35 

b g Oscar - Gaye Fame (Ardross)

BF
6 11-2
-
6 11-2
-

Good third in valuable bumper on debut. More of the same when chasing home a useful prospect on hurdling bow at Taunton and probably would have won at Kempton next time but for falling last.

Good third in valuable bumper on debut. More of the same when chasing home a useful prospect on hurdling bow at Taunton and probably would have won at Kempton next time but for falling last.

3
933
iT
Dark blue, orange stars, dark blue sleeves and cap (Mrs C L Kyle)

Fairy Rath (IRE)  18 

ch g Accordion - Killoughey Fairy (Torus)

6 11-2
-
6 11-2
-

Showed ability on second bumper start in Ireland and didn't shape too badly when third on hurdling debut at Folkestone last month. Still hard to see him troubling the principals here.

Showed ability on second bumper start in Ireland and didn't shape too badly when third on hurdling debut at Folkestone last month. Still hard to see him troubling the principals here.

4
4P56-04
iT
Purple, light green seams, quartered cap (R Jenner & J Green)

Ice 'N' Easy (IRE)  30 

b g Dushyantor - Glacial Valley (Glacial Storm)

6 11-2 t p
105
6 11-2 t p
105

No better than fourth in 6 starts so far, and firmly up against it in this company back in trip.

No better than fourth in 6 starts so far, and firmly up against it in this company back in trip.

5
370/89
iT
Beige and maroon (quartered), beige sleeves, maroon stars, beige cap, maroon star (Hackett & Mascall)

Inspector Qics 31 

b g Alflora - Tamergale (Strong Gale)

8 11-2
-
8 11-2
-

Clearly difficult to train and has done nothing to think he'll be troubling the principals here.

Clearly difficult to train and has done nothing to think he'll be troubling the principals here.

6
111
iT
Red, emerald green disc, emerald green sleeves, red stars (Masterson Holdings Limited)

Balder Succes (FR)  28 

b g Goldneyev - Frija Eria (Kadalko)

CD
4 11-1
135
4 11-1
135

Landed big-field newcomers race on hurdling debut in France, and yet to be tested in 2 British starts (odds-on both occasions). Capable of leaving that level of form well behind.

Landed big-field newcomers race on hurdling debut in France, and yet to be tested in 2 British starts (odds-on both occasions). Capable of leaving that level of form well behind.

7
93111
iT
Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green and emerald green quartered cap (Mr S Munir)

Une Artiste (FR)  44 

b m Alberto Giacometti - Castagnette Iii (Tin Soldier)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Dual-bumper winner who readily made a successful hurdling debut in newcomers race at Pau last month for Emmanuel Clayeux. Since joined the powerful Henderson team. 1st preference Haydock 1.35.

Dual-bumper winner who readily made a successful hurdling debut in newcomers race at Pau last month for Emmanuel Clayeux. Since joined the powerful Henderson team. 1st preference Haydock 1.35.

Verdict

BALDER SUCCES has looked a very straightforward juvenile since arriving from France, supplementing an easy Plumpton success with an 11-length victory over this C&D last month. Today's race represents a sterner examination of his ability but he's fancied to maintain his progress and take full advantage of the weight he receives from six-year-old Hazy Tom, whose winning run came to an end when third in a Grade 2 here in December. French import Une Artiste is an exciting filly for team Henderson but she has a preferred engagement at Haydock.

Verdict

Une Artiste and to a lesser extent Balder Succes remain unknown quantities, but Hazy Tom remains a very smart prospect, and he's taken to give weight all round.

16:45 Ascot 18 Feb 2012

Atlantic Enterprises Standard Open NH Flat Race (Class 4) (4YO to 6YO)

Winner £3,249 - 14 run - Draw Advantage: None

7

2m

Good to Soft

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No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
1
iT
Black and white check, yellow sleeves, black and white quartered cap (Mr Malcolm C Denmark)

I Shot The Sheriff (IRE)  81 

b g Westerner - Sherin (Surumu)

D
5 11-6
-
5 11-6
-

Enhanced yard's good record in bumpers when grinding down rivals to make a winning debut at Southwell in November, but more required to follow up in tougher race under his penalty.

Enhanced yard's good record in bumpers when grinding down rivals to make a winning debut at Southwell in November, but more required to follow up in tougher race under his penalty.

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1-4
iT
Purple, emerald green cross of lorraine (Camilla & Rosie Nock)

Royal Guardsman (IRE)  118 

b g King's Theatre - Lisa du Chenet (Garde Royale)

BF
5 11-6
-
5 11-6
-

Impressive when routing rivals at Fontwell (2¼m) on debut in April. Failed to improve on that when reappearing at Aintree in October, and possible he could find a few too good once more.

Impressive when routing rivals at Fontwell (2¼m) on debut in April. Failed to improve on that when reappearing at Aintree in October, and possible he could find a few too good once more.

3
1-
iT
Emerald green and yellow (quartered), white sleeves and cap (Mr Trevor Hemmings)

Sin Bin (IRE)  315 

b g Presenting - Navaro (Be My Native)

D
6 11-6
-
6 11-6
-

Overcame obvious greenness when making a winning start in this sphere at Chepstow in April (first 2 well clear). More to come, but not yard's main hope if jockey bookings any guide.

Overcame obvious greenness when making a winning start in this sphere at Chepstow in April (first 2 well clear). More to come, but not yard's main hope if jockey bookings any guide.

4
iT
Red, white cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap (Mr C G Roach)

Atlantic Roller (IRE)  

b g Old Vic - Tourist Attraction (Pollerton)

5 11-2
-
5 11-2
-

Old Vic half-brother to bumper winners Tax Exemption and Supreme Attraction. Ideally bred for races of this nature and interesting that Ruby Walsh prefers him to previous winner Sin Bin.

Old Vic half-brother to bumper winners Tax Exemption and Supreme Attraction. Ideally bred for races of this nature and interesting that Ruby Walsh prefers him to previous winner Sin Bin.

5
iT
Emerald green, red cross belts, striped sleeves, red cap (Mrs Sue Welch & Ms Caroline Rowland)

Gold Ingot 

ch g Best Of The Bests - Realms of Gold (Gulch)

5 11-2
-
5 11-2
-

Best Of The Bests half-brother to fairly useful hurdler Gold Reef (stays 3m) and 1¼m winner Joey Perhaps. Top yard's newcomers always respected and market will reveal more clues.

Best Of The Bests half-brother to fairly useful hurdler Gold Reef (stays 3m) and 1¼m winner Joey Perhaps. Top yard's newcomers always respected and market will reveal more clues.

6
66
iT
White, black inverted triangle (Mr Matthew Gomm)

Kruseman 54 

b g Doyen - Polar Charge (Polar Falcon)

5 11-2
-
5 11-2
-

Soundly beaten both starts in December and not difficult to look elsewhere.

Soundly beaten both starts in December and not difficult to look elsewhere.

7
5
iT
Gold, black hoop, black and gold hooped cap (Pitman Gold Syndicate Iii)

Pirate's Gold (IRE)  35 

b g Gamut - Glint of Baron (Glint of Gold)

5 11-2
-
5 11-2
-

Shaped as if needing a much stiffer test when a plugging-on fifth at Warwick on debut in January and looks more of a long-term project.

Shaped as if needing a much stiffer test when a plugging-on fifth at Warwick on debut in January and looks more of a long-term project.

8
1
iT
White, black cap (Mr Michael Buckley)

River Maigue (IRE)  118 

b g Zagreb - Minor Tantrum (Executive Perk)

5 11-2
-
5 11-2
-

Easy winner sole start in an Irish point in October. Joined a powerful yard in the meantime and very much one to consider now trying a different discipline.

Easy winner sole start in an Irish point in October. Joined a powerful yard in the meantime and very much one to consider now trying a different discipline.

9
36
iT
Maroon and royal blue (quartered), royal blue sleeves, maroon armlets (Mr C McKenna)

Sammyman 86 

b g Tamure - Bajan Rose (Dashing Blade)

5 11-2
-
5 11-2
-

Shaped like a stayer when third at Wincanton in November, but a long way below that form when down the field at Newbury later the same month and something to prove after that.

Shaped like a stayer when third at Wincanton in November, but a long way below that form when down the field at Newbury later the same month and something to prove after that.

10
623/
iT
Red, white inverted triangle (Mr O P J Meli)

Starsky Des Mottes (FR)  838 

b g Useful - Camille des Mottes (Abdonski)

6 11-2
-
6 11-2
-

Twice placed in 1½m French bumpers in 2009 for S. Foucher. Long absence a concern, but joined a capable yard ahead of British debut, so worth checking out in the market.

Twice placed in 1½m French bumpers in 2009 for S. Foucher. Long absence a concern, but joined a capable yard ahead of British debut, so worth checking out in the market.

11
iT
Red, royal blue stars, white sleeves and cap (Mr Andy Ash)

Uncle Jimmy (IRE)  

b g Alderbrook - Carrabawn (Buckskin)

5 11-2
-
5 11-2
-

Alderbrook half-brother to useful staying hurdler Sonnyanjoe and fairly useful bumper/2½m hurdle winner Meister Eckhart. Bred to need further, but market check required all the same.

Alderbrook half-brother to useful staying hurdler Sonnyanjoe and fairly useful bumper/2½m hurdle winner Meister Eckhart. Bred to need further, but market check required all the same.

12
1
iT
Red, emerald green inverted triangle, emerald green and red check sleeves, red and emerald green check cap (Mr N Davies & Mr S Crowley)

Theatrelands 45 

ch g Beat Hollow - Dance Dress (Nureyev)

4 10-11
-
4 10-11
-

Flat-bred gelding who was always to the fore when landing a Huntingdon bumper with a bit to spare on debut last month. More on plate under a penalty, but possible he has more to offer.

Flat-bred gelding who was always to the fore when landing a Huntingdon bumper with a bit to spare on debut last month. More on plate under a penalty, but possible he has more to offer.

13
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Grey, green and red sash, pink cap (Mr J J King)

King Spirit (IRE)  

b g Fruits Of Love - Tariana (Revoque)

4 10-7
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4 10-7
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Fruits of Love half-sister to fair 2m hurdler Time On Your Side and useful middle-distance performer Backcloth. Yard improved its strike rate in bumpers this season, so worth a market check.

Fruits of Love half-sister to fair 2m hurdler Time On Your Side and useful middle-distance performer Backcloth. Yard improved its strike rate in bumpers this season, so worth a market check.

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Purple, emerald green hoop, white cap (The Rydon Pynes Partnership)

Rydon Pynes 31 

b g Beat All - Persian Smoke (Persian Bold)

4 10-7
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4 10-7
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Ran surprisingly well given obvious inexperience when runner-up in a big field at Newbury (1½m) last month. Entitled to improve with more emphasis on stamina now.

Ran surprisingly well given obvious inexperience when runner-up in a big field at Newbury (1½m) last month. Entitled to improve with more emphasis on stamina now.

Verdict

Nicky Henderson has an excellent record in races of this nature and although 3m point-to-point winner RIVER MAIGUE is likely to need more of test in time, it would be no surprise to see him primed to strike at the first time of asking under NH rules. Atlantic Roller is another major player on debut for Paul Nicholls, while Royal Guardsman could be the pick of those with experience in this sphere, despite his slightly disappointing comeback run at Aintree back in April.

Verdict

Atlantic Roller could prove the pick of the Nicholls pair if jockey bookings are taken at face value, but promising point winner River Maigue has joined a yard with an enviable strike rate in bumpers and he could be the answer.