13:30 Ffos Las 19 Feb 2012

E.B.F./Sun Trade Windows 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) (Div 1) (Class 4) (4YO to 7YO)

Winner £3,249 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: None

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Age / Wt / OR
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Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
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8-25117
iT
Dark blue and white (quartered), hooped sleeves, dark blue cap (Mr P M Warren)

Ohio Gold (IRE)  36 

b g Flemensfirth - Kiniohio (Script Ohio)

D

Non Runner

Non Runner

Often been highly tried over hurdles. Benefited from drop in class when twice landing the odds in recent months and not ruled out following a respectable effort in a Kempton handicap last time.

Often been highly tried over hurdles. Benefited from drop in class when twice landing the odds in recent months and not ruled out following a respectable effort in a Kempton handicap last time.

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287-F15
iT
Gold, black hoops, scarlet cap (Chasing Gold Racing Club)

Jumps Road 36 

b g Clerkenwell - Diletia (Dilum)

C
5 11-8
122
5 11-8
122

Improved form when opening hurdling account in the mud over 2m here in December. Never going with same enthusiasm upped to 21f in a Grade 2 last time, but this more realistic.

Improved form when opening hurdling account in the mud over 2m here in December. Never going with same enthusiasm upped to 21f in a Grade 2 last time, but this more realistic.

3
1-6661
iT
Light green and dark green diamonds (Mr F Gillespie)

Merry King (IRE)  26 

ch g Old Vic - Merry Queen (Anshan)

D
5 11-8
122
5 11-8
122

Marked improvement stepped up to 2½m when readily coming clear at Leicester in January. Type to continue to progress and very much one to consider again.

Marked improvement stepped up to 2½m when readily coming clear at Leicester in January. Type to continue to progress and very much one to consider again.

4
40-840
iT
Dark blue and white diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap (Walters Plant Hire Ltd)

Canopy Of Stars 25 

gr g Fair Mix - Maid Equal (Pragmatic)

6 11-2
-
6 11-2
-

Bettered form shown in bumpers when fourth on hurdling bow at Southwell (2m) last month, but something to prove now tackling a longer trip after failing to back that up last time.

Bettered form shown in bumpers when fourth on hurdling bow at Southwell (2m) last month, but something to prove now tackling a longer trip after failing to back that up last time.

5
1-P080
iT
Royal blue, white stars, white sleeves, red armlets, white and red striped cap (Mr J L Flint)

Captain Scarlett (IRE)  19 

b g Milan - Count My Blessings (Shernazar)

6 11-2
-
6 11-2
-

Point winner who has failed to beat a rival all 3 starts at up to 2¾m over hurdles.

Point winner who has failed to beat a rival all 3 starts at up to 2¾m over hurdles.

6
322244
iT
Emerald green, orange epaulets, orange sleeves, emerald green armlets, orange cap (The Rooster Partnership)

Cock Of The Rock (IRE)  39 

b g Pierre - Glynn View (Pistolet Bleu)

D BF

Non Runner

Non Runner

Dual bumper winner who has made the frame all 5 starts at up to 3m over hurdles, but going the wrong way all the same, once again folding tamely last time, and cheekpieces need to arrest the slide.

Dual bumper winner who has made the frame all 5 starts at up to 3m over hurdles, but going the wrong way all the same, once again folding tamely last time, and cheekpieces need to arrest the slide.

7
243-6
iT
Maroon, light blue and brown hooped sleeves, quartered cap (Pearn's Pharmacies Ltd)

Koultas King (IRE)  55 

b g Exit To Nowhere - Carrigmoorna Style (Dr Massini)

5 11-2
-
5 11-2
-

Made frame all 3 starts in bumpers. Better than bare result switched to hurdles on return from 9 months off when mid-field at Towcester in December and likely improver now upped in trip.

Made frame all 3 starts in bumpers. Better than bare result switched to hurdles on return from 9 months off when mid-field at Towcester in December and likely improver now upped in trip.

8
64-67
iT
Maroon, white sash, hooped sleeves, white cap (Mr G Lansbury)

Motou (FR)  28 

b g Astarabad - Picoletta (Galetto)

7 11-2
-
7 11-2
-

Not knocked about when running to a similar level as he had in bumpers when mid-field over hurdles at Towcester (2m) in January, but longer trip needs to bring about plenty of improvement.

Not knocked about when running to a similar level as he had in bumpers when mid-field over hurdles at Towcester (2m) in January, but longer trip needs to bring about plenty of improvement.

9
55
iT
Cerise, royal blue cap, cerise spots (Mrs C C Scott)

Pericoloso (IRE)  49 

b g Heron Island - Phills Serenade (Lancastrian)

6 11-2
-
6 11-2
-

Some promise when fifth both starts at up to 2¾m over hurdles, but handicaps almost certainly a better option further down the line.

Some promise when fifth both starts at up to 2¾m over hurdles, but handicaps almost certainly a better option further down the line.

10
6/39-638
iT
Dark green, grey chevron, grey cap (Arion Racing)

Society Shares (IRE)  25 

ch g Moscow Society - Presenting Shares (Presenting)

7 11-2
-
7 11-2
-

Set plenty to do all 3 starts over hurdles, making more of an impact when third at Uttoxeter (2½m) in December, but another who will find easier opportunities in handicaps.

Set plenty to do all 3 starts over hurdles, making more of an impact when third at Uttoxeter (2½m) in December, but another who will find easier opportunities in handicaps.

11
5-0731
iT
Royal blue, white cross of lorraine, chevrons on sleeves, royal blue cap, white spots (Mr R T Crellin)

One More Cookie (IRE)  34 

b m Old Vic - Lady Bellingham (Montelimar)

6 11-1
-
6 11-1
-

Left clear at the last when fortunate winner on hurdling bow at Plumpton (21f) in January. More on her plate in tougher race now, but possible she may have more to offer.

Left clear at the last when fortunate winner on hurdling bow at Plumpton (21f) in January. More on her plate in tougher race now, but possible she may have more to offer.

12
U76
iT
Emerald green, white cross belts and sleeves, striped cap (Exors Of The Late Mr Donald Smith)

Hero's Call 49 

b m Arkadian Hero - Sense of Value (Trojan Fen)

7 10-9 (ow1)
-
7 10-9 (ow1)
-

Offered more than she had on debut when sixth at Exeter (19f) last month, but modest stuff nonetheless and surprising if she was up to making an impact here.

Offered more than she had on debut when sixth at Exeter (19f) last month, but modest stuff nonetheless and surprising if she was up to making an impact here.

Verdict

OHIO GOLD turned in a slightly disappointing effort when seventh in the Lanzarote Hurdle last month but should take plenty of beating now returned to novice company, despite the fact he gives weight away all around under his penalty. Merry King showed improved form over a similar trip when stepped up beyond 2m for the first time at Leicester last month and looks the main threat, while a chance is also given to December course (2m) winner Jumps Road, who failed to give his true running when last sighted at Warwick.

Verdict

Ohio Gold and course-winner Jumps Road are both worthy of consideration, but Merry King relished having his stamina drawn out when opening his account at Leicester in January and has sound prospects of following up.

14:00 Ffos Las 19 Feb 2012

E.B.F./Sun Trade Windows 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) (Div 2) (Class 4) (4YO to 7YO)

Winner £3,249 - 12 run - Draw Advantage: None

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1
67-11
iT
Royal blue and yellow check, royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap (Mr G Costelloe)

Benheir (IRE)  21 

b g Beneficial - Vicford (Old Vic)

CD
6 11-8
-
6 11-8
-

Plenty to like about manner of win in Towcester bumper in November, and made all in facile fashion on hurdling bow for new connections at Fontwell since. Should have even more to offer.

Plenty to like about manner of win in Towcester bumper in November, and made all in facile fashion on hurdling bow for new connections at Fontwell since. Should have even more to offer.

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2-5441
iT
Dark blue, beige star, maroon sleeves, beige cap (Barrels Of Courage)

Loose Chips 28 

b g Sir Harry Lewis - Worlaby Rose (Afif)

6 11-8 p
124
6 11-8 p
124

Point runner-up who showed fair form in 2 bumpers. Off mark over hurdles at second attempt (in this headgear) at Towcester last month and likely to show more improvement over this longer trip.

Point runner-up who showed fair form in 2 bumpers. Off mark over hurdles at second attempt (in this headgear) at Towcester last month and likely to show more improvement over this longer trip.

3
1-416
iT
Dark green, dark green and white diabolo on sleeves (Mrs Janet Davies)

Makethe Mostofnow (IRE)  38 

b g Milan - Pass The Leader (Supreme Leader)

CD BF
7 11-8
123
7 11-8
123

Successful in an Irish maiden point a year ago and a clear-cut winner on second hurdles start over C&D in November. Valid excuse sole start since, thus every chance if bouncing straight back.

Successful in an Irish maiden point a year ago and a clear-cut winner on second hurdles start over C&D in November. Valid excuse sole start since, thus every chance if bouncing straight back.

4
56
iT
Pale blue, white hoops, crimson cap (Mrs Caroline Shaw)

Big News 67 

ch g Karinga Bay - Welcome News (Bob Back)

6 11-2
-
6 11-2
-

Son of Karinga Bay out of a winning pointer. Shaped well in spite of evident inexperience on Hereford bumper debut, but not so good sole start since (still green) and now switched to hurdles.

Son of Karinga Bay out of a winning pointer. Shaped well in spite of evident inexperience on Hereford bumper debut, but not so good sole start since (still green) and now switched to hurdles.

5
P/4P-223
iT
Dark blue, yellow cross belts, collar and cuffs, striped cap (The Kilmacowens)

Kilmacowen (IRE)  28 

b g Flemensfirth - Baunfaun Run (Roselier)

6 11-2
120
6 11-2
120

In frame both completed starts in Irish maiden points and promising debut under Rules when second at Lingfield in November. That form working out quite well and didn't get home over 3m since.

In frame both completed starts in Irish maiden points and promising debut under Rules when second at Lingfield in November. That form working out quite well and didn't get home over 3m since.

6
75-P5
iT
Royal blue, white disc, striped sleeves and cap (Mr C A Hanbury)

Magical Man 21 

b g Lahib - Majestic Di (Zaffaran)

5 11-2
-
5 11-2
-

Didn't offer a great deal in a couple of bumpers. Fared no better since sent hurdling and makes no appeal.

Didn't offer a great deal in a couple of bumpers. Fared no better since sent hurdling and makes no appeal.

7
62-6632
iT
Dark blue and white (quartered), hooped sleeves, dark blue cap (Mr P M Warren)

Milarrow (IRE)  39 

b g Milan - Fleeting Arrow (Commanche Run)

5 11-2
118
5 11-2
118

Gradually getting the hang of hurdling, taking another step forward when going down fighting here (2¾m) in January. Similar display ought to see him on the premises once more.

Gradually getting the hang of hurdling, taking another step forward when going down fighting here (2¾m) in January. Similar display ought to see him on the premises once more.

8
076-5PP
iT
Purple, beige stars (Happy Go Racing Faces)

Romanesco (FR)  29 

b g Epistolaire - Kadrige (Video Rock)

7 11-2
114
7 11-2
114

Won 2m maiden chase for Henry de Bromhead in Ireland 15 months ago, but suspect jumping responsible for him not living up to expectations since. Hard to know what to expect back hurdling here.

Won 2m maiden chase for Henry de Bromhead in Ireland 15 months ago, but suspect jumping responsible for him not living up to expectations since. Hard to know what to expect back hurdling here.

9
21/68-
iT
Black, red hollow box (Mr Rjc Lewis/mr P A T Rice)

Sir Mattie (IRE)  467 

b g Moscow Society - Manhattan Catch (Safety Catch)

7 11-2
-
7 11-2
-

Point winner who has looked none too keen when well beaten both tries at up to 3m over hurdles in 2010 and not difficult to look elsewhere on belated return.

Point winner who has looked none too keen when well beaten both tries at up to 3m over hurdles in 2010 and not difficult to look elsewhere on belated return.

10
60
iT
Mauve and white diamonds, striped sleeves, white cap (Mrs Valda Burke)

Sir Roger (IRE)  70 

ch g Flemensfirth - Balreask Lady (Shardari)

6 11-2
-
6 11-2
-

Caught the eye on debut at Warwick (21f) in November, finishing sixth of 17 without being subjected to a hard race. Not so good at Hereford since, but almost sure to do better at some stage.

Caught the eye on debut at Warwick (21f) in November, finishing sixth of 17 without being subjected to a hard race. Not so good at Hereford since, but almost sure to do better at some stage.

11
57-5666
iT
Royal blue, yellow inverted triangle and sleeves, red cap (Mr M D Jones)

Traditional Bob (IRE)  32 

b g Saddlers' Hall - Portia's Delight (The Parson)

7 11-2
-
7 11-2
-

Runner-up on first of 4 starts in bumpers last season. More promise than bare form figures suggest over hurdles (again not unduly knocked about last time), though handicaps likely to suit better.

Runner-up on first of 4 starts in bumpers last season. More promise than bare form figures suggest over hurdles (again not unduly knocked about last time), though handicaps likely to suit better.

12
5-60
iT
White, black cross of lorraine, royal blue sleeves and cap (Major P J Nye)

Ben Eva (IRE)  31 

b m Beneficial - Little Talk (Le Bavard)

6 10-9
-
6 10-9
-

Hinted at ability when fifth in bumper in November 2010 for Barry Brennan but little encouragement either start since tried over hurdles.

Hinted at ability when fifth in bumper in November 2010 for Barry Brennan but little encouragement either start since tried over hurdles.

Verdict

BENHEIR made a winning hurdles debut when hacking up by 22 lengths over C&D last time, in the process confirming his versatility with regards to ground, and is taken to defy his penalty to follow up. Loose Chips posted a career-best effort when scoring over 2m at Towcester last time, shaping as if this longer trip would suit, and appears the main danger. The dropped-in-trip Kilmacowen and Milarrow cannot be left out of calculations either.

Verdict

Loose Chips had more in hand than the margin suggests last time and, with this longer trip certain to suit, holds a fair chance of following up. Kilmacowen and Milarrow are just 2 of several others with good claims in what looks a very competitive event.

14:30 Ffos Las 19 Feb 2012

Braceys The Friendly Builders Merchant Novices' Handicap Chase (Class 4) (5YO plus)

Winner £3,899 - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

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611546
iT
Beige, maroon stars (Mrs Belinda Keighley)

Always Bold (IRE)  42 

ch g King's Best - Tarakana (Shahrastani)

D
7 11-12 t v
107
7 11-12 t v
107

Returned to form when landing back-to-back 27f Fontwell handicap hurdles in November. However, put in moody display over fences at Hereford last month, and no surprise to see headgear back on.

Returned to form when landing back-to-back 27f Fontwell handicap hurdles in November. However, put in moody display over fences at Hereford last month, and no surprise to see headgear back on.

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321344
iT
Royal blue and grey diabolo, quartered cap (Mrs J A Benson & Miss S N Benson)

Iona Days (IRE)  43 

br g Epistolaire - Miss Best (Grand Tresor)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Further progress when getting off mark over fences at Cartmel (21f) in August. Ran respectably to make frame all 3 starts since, but didn't totally convince with stamina at Wincanton (25f) latest.

Further progress when getting off mark over fences at Cartmel (21f) in August. Ran respectably to make frame all 3 starts since, but didn't totally convince with stamina at Wincanton (25f) latest.

3
31-1615
iT
Dark green, white seams, dark green sleeves, white cap, red star (Mrs L C Taylor)

Dermatologiste 38 

b m Kayf Tara - Poor Skin (Lafontaine)

D
9 11-10 p
105
9 11-10 p
105

Landed 3 points in 2011 and appreciated marathon trip when scoring at Bangor in December. Laboured display at Catterick last time, though, and will need to go with more zest over shorter trip here.

Landed 3 points in 2011 and appreciated marathon trip when scoring at Bangor in December. Laboured display at Catterick last time, though, and will need to go with more zest over shorter trip here.

4
70493P
iT
White, royal blue chevron, white sleeves, royal blue spots, royal blue cap, white star (Iwec International Ltd)

Macra Na Feirme (IRE)  21 

br g Exit To Nowhere - De Derri (Denel)

D
9 11-10
105
9 11-10
105

Won brace of points in 2010 for Garrett Power and third for him at Downpatrick (23f) in October. Pulled up on debut for this yard here last month, but market support would be interesting.

Won brace of points in 2010 for Garrett Power and third for him at Downpatrick (23f) in October. Pulled up on debut for this yard here last month, but market support would be interesting.

5
811-449
iT
Red, white chevron, emerald green sleeves, red stars and cap (Mr & Mrs P George & Mrs B Russell)

Flying Award (IRE)  9 

br g Oscar - Kates Machine (Farhaan)

D
8 11-10
105
8 11-10
105

Improved to land back-to-back handicap hurdles in March/April last year and travelled well both starts this term. Kept ticking over in jumpers' bumper last week and interesting on chase debut.

Improved to land back-to-back handicap hurdles in March/April last year and travelled well both starts this term. Kept ticking over in jumpers' bumper last week and interesting on chase debut.

6
081312
iT
Emerald green and orange stripes, emerald green sleeves, orange armlets (Healycoyle & Partners)

Kilcommon Pride (IRE)  27 

br g Catcher In The Rye - Ballyhookeen Lass (Balla Cove)

C
7 11-9 t
104
7 11-9 t
104

First worthwhile form when wide-margin winner here on chasing debut in November, but proved it was no fluke at Hereford a month later. Creditable second last time and should go well once more.

First worthwhile form when wide-margin winner here on chasing debut in November, but proved it was no fluke at Hereford a month later. Creditable second last time and should go well once more.

7
3P1-025
iT
Maroon, yellow cross belts, yellow cap (Mrs Messer-bennetts,clarkehall & Gilbert)

The Boss (IRE)  50 

ch g Accordion - Danjo's Lady (Carlingford Castle)

D BF

Non Runner

Non Runner

Won 21f handicap hurdle at Warwick last season and good second back chasing in blinkers at Newbury in December. Not at best latest, but could bounce back over trip he promises to stay.

Won 21f handicap hurdle at Warwick last season and good second back chasing in blinkers at Newbury in December. Not at best latest, but could bounce back over trip he promises to stay.

8
621212
iT
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

Spot The Ball (IRE)  28 

b g Oscar - Sudden Inspiration (Good Thyne)

D BF
7 11-5
100
7 11-5
100

Improved this season, winning over fences at Towcester in November and hurdles at Southwell in January. Good second over fences at Towcester latest and another bold bid likely.

Improved this season, winning over fences at Towcester in November and hurdles at Southwell in January. Good second over fences at Towcester latest and another bold bid likely.

9
2-2P513
iT
Black, white hoop, black sleeves, white stars (Mr R E R Williams)

Fly Town (IRE)  21 

b m Turtle Island - Palmrock Donna (Quayside)

7 11-2 t
97
7 11-2 t
97

Fortunate to make winning start over fences at Fakenham (2m) on New Year's Day, 15 lengths down when left clear last. Didn't appear to stay over C&D last time, but refitting of tongue tie could help.

Fortunate to make winning start over fences at Fakenham (2m) on New Year's Day, 15 lengths down when left clear last. Didn't appear to stay over C&D last time, but refitting of tongue tie could help.

10
36/538-3
iT
Royal blue, orange sash and armlets, quartered cap (Ms Diane Morgan)

Sir Bere (FR)  90 

b g Della Francesca - Known Alibi (Known Fact)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Bumper winner who made mistakes over hurdles, and jumping errors again a feature on his reappearance/chase debut here in November. Step forward needed to feature.

Bumper winner who made mistakes over hurdles, and jumping errors again a feature on his reappearance/chase debut here in November. Step forward needed to feature.

Verdict

SPOT THE BALL has been in great shape this season, successfully mixing his hurdling and chasing with a string of consistent efforts in both disciplines. Although second at Towcester last time off 4lb lower, Jonjo O'Neill's representative lost little in defeat behind a winner allowed the run of the race. He pulled six-lengths clear of the remainder and a return to the winner's enclosure could be on the cards. Iona Days and Dermatologiste are respected now dropped in trip.

Verdict

The Boss may be capable of bouncing back upped in trip, but this could rest between Kilcommon Pride and Spot The Ball, both of whom have been in good form of late. Preference is for the latter who found only the improving Ukranian Star too good at Towcester last time.

15:00 Ffos Las 19 Feb 2012

Sun Trade Windows Handicap Chase (Class 4) (5YO plus)

Winner £3,899 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: None

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13212-P
iT
White, red triple diamond, white sleeves, red stars, white cap, red star (Michael & Angela Bone)

Victors Serenade (IRE)  98 

b g Old Vic - Dantes Serenade (Phardante)

7 11-12
120
7 11-12
120

Won pair of handicap hurdles last season and signed off with a good second on chasing debut. Had hard race on return, refusing at last in Southern National and worry that may have left a mark.

Won pair of handicap hurdles last season and signed off with a good second on chasing debut. Had hard race on return, refusing at last in Southern National and worry that may have left a mark.

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314-1P4
iT
Pale blue, white hoops, crimson cap (Mrs Caroline Shaw)

Milo Milan (IRE)  29 

b g Milan - Simply Divine (Be My Native)

D
7 11-12 p1
120
7 11-12 p1
120

Progressive over hurdles last season, and continued good work over fences when scoring on return at Bangor. Not gone on in 2 starts since, however, and now fitted with first-time cheekpieces.

Progressive over hurdles last season, and continued good work over fences when scoring on return at Bangor. Not gone on in 2 starts since, however, and now fitted with first-time cheekpieces.

3
34-333P
iT
Orange, dark blue sleeves, dark blue and orange quartered cap (Colin Bothway & Roger Hetherington)

Stolen Thunder 36 

b g Alflora - Cullen Bay (Supreme Leader)

D
7 11-7 t1
115
7 11-7 t1
115

Fairly useful hurdler and solid start over fences at Exeter last month. Not build on that upped to 3m at Kempton last time, but too soon to be writing off in first-time tongue tie.

Fairly useful hurdler and solid start over fences at Exeter last month. Not build on that upped to 3m at Kempton last time, but too soon to be writing off in first-time tongue tie.

4
65-9P51
iT
Yellow, dark green hoop, dark green and yellow halved sleeves, dark green cap, yellow star (David Thorpe & Simon Clarke)

Gentle Bob (IRE)  21 

b g Bob's Return - Maraniza (Akarad)

CD
7 11-6
114
7 11-6
114

Fair maiden hurdler in 2010/11, but always type to make better chaser and off the mark when winning over C&D last month. 8 lb higher as a result, but surprise were there not more to come.

Fair maiden hurdler in 2010/11, but always type to make better chaser and off the mark when winning over C&D last month. 8 lb higher as a result, but surprise were there not more to come.

5
P-53422
iT
Black, red star, diamonds on sleeves, black cap, red stars (Mr D Rees)

Rimini (FR)  39 

b g Bedawin - Ma'am (Garde Royale)

7 11-6
114
7 11-6
114

Has shaped as if amiss, but found some consistency of late, finishing runner-up here on his last 2 starts over hurdles. Equally as effective over fences and leading claims once more.

Has shaped as if amiss, but found some consistency of late, finishing runner-up here on his last 2 starts over hurdles. Equally as effective over fences and leading claims once more.

6
133UP5
iT
Emerald green, red cross of lorraine, light green sleeves, red cap (Mr T Hywel Jones)

Plunkett (IRE)  42 

b g Fourstars Allstar - Miss Moppit (Torus)

C D
9 11-4 t p
112
9 11-4 t p
112

Successful in a 21f handicap at Stratford last summer, and similar form when third at Ludlow (3m) in October. Lost his way since, but did travel well for a long way at Hereford last time.

Successful in a 21f handicap at Stratford last summer, and similar form when third at Ludlow (3m) in October. Lost his way since, but did travel well for a long way at Hereford last time.

7
2P7P-P0
iT
Orange, brown disc, brown cap, orange spots (Lady Susan Brooke)

Winchester Red 7 

ch g Gunner B - M I Babe (Celtic Cone)

D

Non Runner

Non Runner

Winning hurdler/chaser in the past, but completion rate in recent seasons poor for a number of different yards and well held on debut for this stable in jumpers' bumper last week.

Winning hurdler/chaser in the past, but completion rate in recent seasons poor for a number of different yards and well held on debut for this stable in jumpers' bumper last week.

8
3-24672
iT
Gold, black hoops, scarlet cap (Chasing Gold Racing Club)

Douryna 42 

b m Generous - Dounya (Caro)

D
9 10-12
106
9 10-12
106

Often let down by jumping but won at Huntingdon last March and back to best when finding only a subsequent winner too good at Hereford last time. Chances if holding it all together again.

Often let down by jumping but won at Huntingdon last March and back to best when finding only a subsequent winner too good at Hereford last time. Chances if holding it all together again.

9
F848-U1
iT
Yellow, brown star (Racing Coast)

Crannaghmore Boy (IRE)  297 

b g Pilsudski - Glencairn Mist (Roselier)

D
7 10-12
106
7 10-12
106

Bumper/hurdle winner who made his first completed start over fences a winning one at Hereford last April. Not seen since, though, and yard continuing to struggle for winners at present.

Bumper/hurdle winner who made his first completed start over fences a winning one at Hereford last April. Not seen since, though, and yard continuing to struggle for winners at present.

10
633F-8P
iT
Red and black (quartered), diamonds on sleeves (Mr C W Booth)

Federstar (GER)  39 

b g In A Tiff - Federspeil (Konigsstuhl)

D
10 10-11 t1 p
105
10 10-11 t1 p
105

Largely let down by jumping over fences when with Milton Harris, and while entitled to need debut for new yard last time, didn't show enough to encourage support now. Tried tongue tied now.

Largely let down by jumping over fences when with Milton Harris, and while entitled to need debut for new yard last time, didn't show enough to encourage support now. Tried tongue tied now.

11
P124-4U
iT
Pink, pink and white quartered cap (Mrs S De Wilde)

Randjo (FR)  80 

b g Network - Daytona II (Video Rock)

BF
7 10-9
103
7 10-9
103

Easy winner of a 2¼m Fontwell handicap in January 2011, and better than bare form of return at Chepstow in November. Unseated at Wincanton last time, but considered off fair mark.

Easy winner of a 2¼m Fontwell handicap in January 2011, and better than bare form of return at Chepstow in November. Unseated at Wincanton last time, but considered off fair mark.

Verdict

Gentle Bob opened his account over C&D last month and is afforded plenty of respect off 8lb higher but preference is for RIMINI, who posted a career-best effort when second over 2m4f here last time and should appreciate this extra furlong. Douryna was runner-up off this mark at Hereford last time and has place claims along with Crannaghmore Boy, who had the beating of the last-named at Hereford in April but now returns from a break.

Verdict

Gentle Bob should have more to offer after just 4 starts over fences and is fancied to defy an 8 lb rise for winning over C&D last month. Rimini and Douryna can battle it out for minor honours.

15:35 Ffos Las 19 Feb 2012

Dunraven Stud Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £3,249 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: None

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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
P0025
iT
Pink, light blue diamond and sleeves (Wainwright,hill,atkin,cheshire&rowlinson)

Tweedledrum 55 

b m Beat Hollow - Tweed Mill (Selkirk)

5 11-12 p1
115
5 11-12 p1
115

Won twice on Flat for Andrew Balding. Second in 19f Exeter mares novice on penultimate start but that very much a standout effort and cheekpieces now tried on handicap bow.

Won twice on Flat for Andrew Balding. Second in 19f Exeter mares novice on penultimate start but that very much a standout effort and cheekpieces now tried on handicap bow.

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24412
iT
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

Cross The Flags (IRE)  70 

b m Flemensfirth - Mayasta (Bob Back)

5 11-11
114
5 11-11
114

Readily landed mares novice at Towcester in November, and much better form in defeat at Hereford the following month (travelled best). Pedigree also offers hope there's more to come.

Readily landed mares novice at Towcester in November, and much better form in defeat at Hereford the following month (travelled best). Pedigree also offers hope there's more to come.

3
1-64625
iT
Light blue and dark blue stripes, chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap (Keith And Sue Lowry)

Gilwen Glory (IRE)  29 

b m Saddlers' Hall - Clowns Glory (Idiot's Delight)

C
9 11-10
113
9 11-10
113

Won pair of 3m handicap hurdles last season, the first on heavy ground here. Back-to-form second at this venue penultimate start, but moody effort since tempers enthusiasm.

Won pair of 3m handicap hurdles last season, the first on heavy ground here. Back-to-form second at this venue penultimate start, but moody effort since tempers enthusiasm.

4
6/62-12
iT
Light blue, pink chevrons, light blue sleeves, light blue cap, pink star (Mr R S Brookhouse)

Lucky Mix 44 

b m Fair Mix - Nicklup (Netherkelly)

BF
6 11-7
110
6 11-7
110

Off the mark with a bit to spare at Southwell (3m) last spring. Left Alan King and matched that on last month's belated return, even so switch to handicaps needs to spark further progress.

Off the mark with a bit to spare at Southwell (3m) last spring. Left Alan King and matched that on last month's belated return, even so switch to handicaps needs to spark further progress.

5
24921-3
iT
Red, black epaulets, red and white halved sleeves, black cap (The Listeners)

Thornton Alice 107 

b m Kayf Tara - Lindrick Lady (Broken Hearted)

D
7 11-5
108
7 11-5
108

Appreciated emphasis on stamina when landing weak 2¾m Newcastle mares maiden a year ago. Improved third in Fontwell handicap on return in November, and given time to recover from that.

Appreciated emphasis on stamina when landing weak 2¾m Newcastle mares maiden a year ago. Improved third in Fontwell handicap on return in November, and given time to recover from that.

6
812-530
iT
Light blue, maroon hoops and armlets (Mr D G Staddon)

Calico Rose 61 

ch m Karinga Bay - Sprig Muslin (Ra Nova)

8 11-5 p
108
8 11-5 p
108

Showed big improvement on handicap debut (cheekpieces) when scoring at Taunton a year ago. Twice placed since from revised marks and excused most recent tame display when upped to 3m.

Showed big improvement on handicap debut (cheekpieces) when scoring at Taunton a year ago. Twice placed since from revised marks and excused most recent tame display when upped to 3m.

7
164F53
iT
Emerald green, white stars, red sleeves, emerald green cap (Terry Harman & Jan Johnson)

Lady Karinga 32 

ch m Karinga Bay - Tachometer (Jurado)

D
7 11-2 t1
105
7 11-2 t1
105

Different proposition for this stable when landing 2¾m novice in September. Bred to make a chaser and not been running badly of late in that sphere, though now sent back over the smaller obstacles.

Different proposition for this stable when landing 2¾m novice in September. Bred to make a chaser and not been running badly of late in that sphere, though now sent back over the smaller obstacles.

8
5931P
iT
Red, white epaulets, royal blue sleeves, white armlets, white cap (Richard Abbott & Mario Stavrou)

Al Shababiya (IRE)  21 

b m Dubawi - Multaka (Gone West)

C
5 10-12
101
5 10-12
101

Won twice up to 1½m on Flat in 2010 for David Simcock. Opened hurdling account in 3m heavy-ground handicap here in January, but only scraped home and ran a shocker returned to this venue since.

Won twice up to 1½m on Flat in 2010 for David Simcock. Opened hurdling account in 3m heavy-ground handicap here in January, but only scraped home and ran a shocker returned to this venue since.

9
306311
iT
Royal blue, red diamond, yellow sleeves and cap (Mr V T Beynon)

Derwen Pryde 81 

b m Hazaaf - Landsker Pryde (Nearly A Hand)

8 10-2 t
91
8 10-2 t
91

Benefited from switch to handicaps/fitting of tongue strap, winning at Ludlow and Uttoxeter in November. Upped 15 lb as a result, that though might not be enough to thwart hat-trick aspirations.

Benefited from switch to handicaps/fitting of tongue strap, winning at Ludlow and Uttoxeter in November. Upped 15 lb as a result, that though might not be enough to thwart hat-trick aspirations.

10
340-432
iT
Emerald green, yellow braces and armlets, check cap (Mr A J Whiting)

Me Julie 55 

b m Kayf Tara - Miss Roberto (Don Roberto)

C
9 10-0
89 5
9 10-0
89 5

Front runner who followed up a couple of placed efforts over hurdles with a second placing over fences here on Boxing Day. However, this not a good opening from 5 lb "wrong" in the weights.

Front runner who followed up a couple of placed efforts over hurdles with a second placing over fences here on Boxing Day. However, this not a good opening from 5 lb "wrong" in the weights.

Verdict

LUCKY MIX opened her account in a novices' hurdle over the extended 3m at Southwell in April and is entitled to strip fitter for her second at Bangor on her reappearance last month. Now switched to handicaps and dropped in trip, Philip Hobbs' charge is taken to score. Derwen Pryde is respected in her bid for a hat-trick but may have to settle for minor money now up 15lb in the handicap. Stepped up in trip here, Cross The Flags is also considered.

Verdict

Derwen Pryde has gone up 15 lb since landing back-to-back handicaps in November, but that might not be enough to thwart her hat-trick aspirations despite this slightly shorter trip. Fellow improver Cross The Flags is the obvious threat, with Thornton Alice put forward as an ecah-way alternative to that pair.

16:10 Ffos Las 19 Feb 2012

Dunraven Welsh Foxhunters Hunters' Chase (Class 4) (5YO plus)

Winner £3,743 - 8 run - Draw Advantage: None

6
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
1-35P11
iT
Black, royal blue epaulets (Mr K Goldsworthy)

Oca De Thaix (FR)  246 

b g Bulington - Fonseca De Thaix (Quart de Vin)

C D

Non Runner

Non Runner

Reliable at this level in hunters, rattling up a hat-trick in 2011 (including here). Back in the groove with a couple of point wins last summer and one to take seriously on return.

Reliable at this level in hunters, rattling up a hat-trick in 2011 (including here). Back in the groove with a couple of point wins last summer and one to take seriously on return.

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460/1P-8
iT
Brown and yellow (quartered), brown sleeves, yellow armlets, yellow cap (Mr R J Rowsell)

Skidroe Joe (IRE)  201 

b g Even Top - Supra Star (Pharly)

9 12-4 p
89
9 12-4 p
89

Sporting cheekpieces when landing a 2¾m handicap chase in October 2010, but well beaten on return from a lay-off in August and no easy task now trying a different discipline for new yard.

Sporting cheekpieces when landing a 2¾m handicap chase in October 2010, but well beaten on return from a lay-off in August and no easy task now trying a different discipline for new yard.

3
58117U
iT
Light blue, brown chevrons on sleeves, black cap (Mr R Greenway)

Sunday City (JPN)  149 

ch g Sunday Silence - Diamond City (Mr Prospector)

11 12-4
134
11 12-4
134

Better than ever when landing back-to-back 2m handicaps last summer, but laboured after a short break in September and stamina the primary concern now having first run in this sphere.

Better than ever when landing back-to-back 2m handicaps last summer, but laboured after a short break in September and stamina the primary concern now having first run in this sphere.

4
F2/124P-
iT
Royal blue, white chevron, hooped sleeves, white cap (Mr P J Vogt)

Teddy's Reflection (IRE)  339 

b g Beneficial - Regal Pursuit (Roi Danzig)

D
9 12-4
127
9 12-4
127

Won a 3m handicap chase for Henrietta Knight last season. Again let down by jumping when last seen in March, but capable fresh, so not discounted if cutting out the mistakes for new yard.

Won a 3m handicap chase for Henrietta Knight last season. Again let down by jumping when last seen in March, but capable fresh, so not discounted if cutting out the mistakes for new yard.

5
F1311-2
iT
Light green, purple chevron, armlets and cap (Mr E R Clough)

Pathian Prince 300 

b g Parthian Springs - Smilingatstrangers (Macmillion)

D
9 12-0
100
9 12-0
100

Improved efforts in hunters last year, awarded race on technical grounds at Chepstow (3m) in April, but held by Oca de Thaix on their running at this venue in March.

Improved efforts in hunters last year, awarded race on technical grounds at Chepstow (3m) in April, but held by Oca de Thaix on their running at this venue in March.

6
11P-412
iT
Orange, black cross belts, black and orange hooped sleeves and cap (Mr M T Sheppard)

Sericina (FR)  42 

b m Colonel Collins - Pierrebrune (Cadoudal)

CD
9 11-11
128
9 11-11
128

Prolific winning pointer who registered second hunter win when landing this event last year. Flying too high in Cheltenham Foxhunters next time, but leading claims now fit from points.

Prolific winning pointer who registered second hunter win when landing this event last year. Flying too high in Cheltenham Foxhunters next time, but leading claims now fit from points.

7
323PP3/
iT
Grey, red chevrons, red cap (Mr C Lees)

Cave Hill (IRE)  679 

b g Dr Massini - Eurogal (Strong Gale)

D
10 11-10
105
10 11-10
105

Essentially disappointing over hurdles/fences in years gone by and hard to enthuse about on return from a long absence for new yard.

Essentially disappointing over hurdles/fences in years gone by and hard to enthuse about on return from a long absence for new yard.

8
05P0UP/
iT
Dark blue, light blue star, checked sleeves, dark blue cap, light blue star (Mrs L J Marr)

Monte Major (GER)  1449 

ch g Trempolino - Monbijou (Dashing Blade)

9 11-10 t
-
9 11-10 t
-

Failed to complete in a couple of points when last seen in 2008 and not difficult to look elsewhere on belated return.

Failed to complete in a couple of points when last seen in 2008 and not difficult to look elsewhere on belated return.

9
3814-3F
iT
Black, orange hoops, orange sleeves, black stars (Mr Graham Hughes)

Naughty By Nature 63 

b g Machiavellian - Rumpipumpy (Shirley Heights)

D
9 11-10
101
9 11-10
101

Placed both outings in handicap chases for Rebecca Curtis in 2010 (including over C&D). In contention when falling 4 out in a point in December, but this looks tough on Rules return.

Placed both outings in handicap chases for Rebecca Curtis in 2010 (including over C&D). In contention when falling 4 out in a point in December, but this looks tough on Rules return.

Verdict

Former Henrietta Knight inmate TEDDY'S REFLECTION might be worth chancing on his hunter chase debut. He pulled up when last sighted in the Kim Muir at last year's Cheltenham Festival but has some useful novice form to his name from earlier that season and this sort of test could suit him ideally. Five-time chase winner Sunday City stands out on official figures and should go very close if running up to his best returning from a layoff, while Sericina knows what's required here having landed the contest 12 months ago and she is fit from the point-to-point scene.

Verdict

This trip is likely to tax Sunday City's stamina to the limit on his first stab at hunter chasing and last year's winner Sericina is a safer option. Oca de Thaix and Teddy's Reflection are others who make appeal.

16:40 Ffos Las 19 Feb 2012

Dunraven Windows Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 5) (4YO plus)

Winner £2,144 - 8 run - Draw Advantage: None

7
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
233090
iT
White, black cross belts, yellow sleeves and cap (Ms S Howell)

Behtarini (IRE)  19 

b g Dalakhani - Behkiyra (Entrepreneur)

5 11-12
90
5 11-12
90

Maiden on Flat and over hurdles, ending run of in-frame efforts with tame displays on last 3 starts. Need to see signs of a revival before he becomes of interest again.

Maiden on Flat and over hurdles, ending run of in-frame efforts with tame displays on last 3 starts. Need to see signs of a revival before he becomes of interest again.

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52U1U1
iT
Emerald green, black seams, emerald green sleeves, black spots and spots on cap (Mr Nick Shutts)

Esteem 4 

b g Mark of Esteem - Please (Kris)

D
9 11-12
90
9 11-12
90

Thriving for new yard, winning last 2 completed starts over fences, having fair bit in hand at Southwell on Wednesday. Escapes penalty back hurdling, and well treated.

Thriving for new yard, winning last 2 completed starts over fences, having fair bit in hand at Southwell on Wednesday. Escapes penalty back hurdling, and well treated.

3
673
iT
Red and dark green stripes, white sleeves, red cap (Mr Brian Williams)

Commerce 31 

b m Trade Fair - Well Away (Sadler's Wells)

Non Runner

Non Runner

NON-RUNNER

NON-RUNNER

4
4-09060
iT
Royal blue, yellow sash, royal blue sleeves, yellow stars, hooped cap (Mr D V Gardner)

Medic Man (IRE)  9 

b g Dr Massini - Tina Torus (Torus)

6 11-11
89
6 11-11
89

Signs of ability over hurdles, and had recent spin in jumpers bumper at Kempton, but this brother to fairly useful 3m chaser Massini Man may appreciate a stiffer test than he'll get here.

Signs of ability over hurdles, and had recent spin in jumpers bumper at Kempton, but this brother to fairly useful 3m chaser Massini Man may appreciate a stiffer test than he'll get here.

5
99/2324
iT
Light blue, yellow diamond, chevrons on sleeves, light blue cap, yellow diamond (Mr Les Cooper)

Bendant 21 

b g Beat All - Rendita (Waajib)

BF
7 11-10 p1
88
7 11-10 p1
88

Definite scope off this mark on bumper form, and made frame all 4 starts in handicaps this season. Well worth try back at shorter trip with cheekpieces on first time.

Definite scope off this mark on bumper form, and made frame all 4 starts in handicaps this season. Well worth try back at shorter trip with cheekpieces on first time.

6
75F/
iT
Light green, royal blue cross belts and sleeves, hooped cap (G N Noye & P A Tylor)

Fashion Week 759 

gr g Linamix - Picture Princess (Sadler's Wells)

7 11-6
84
7 11-6
84

Winless in 3 outings on Flat. Failed to improve significantly on his hurdling debut when fifth at Taunton in November 2009. Fell next time and long absence to overcome for new yard.

Winless in 3 outings on Flat. Failed to improve significantly on his hurdling debut when fifth at Taunton in November 2009. Fell next time and long absence to overcome for new yard.

7
9735
iT
Light blue, brown sleeves and cap with canary hoop (Mr R L Brown)

Umoristic (FR)  42 

gr g Baroud D'honneur - Canlastou (Tanlas)

4 11-3
90
4 11-3
90

Step in the right direction over hurdles when not beaten all that far at Hereford last time. Opening mark for handicaps looks stiff enough but does have potential to do better.

Step in the right direction over hurdles when not beaten all that far at Hereford last time. Opening mark for handicaps looks stiff enough but does have potential to do better.

8
5554R2
iT
Orange, maroon sash (Mr Gordon Kendrick)

Abbi Jicaro 30 

b m Passing Glance - Makeover (Priolo)

5 11-1 t
79
5 11-1 t
79

Poor maiden on Flat in 2009 for Lisa Williamson but more to like about latest 2¾ lengths second of 10 to Dirty Deal in mares handicap at Chepstow last time. Has quirks, but respected.

Poor maiden on Flat in 2009 for Lisa Williamson but more to like about latest 2¾ lengths second of 10 to Dirty Deal in mares handicap at Chepstow last time. Has quirks, but respected.

9
40P460
iT
Red, dark blue cross belts, dark blue and white striped cap (Mrs Peter Badger)

Sparkling Air 19 

ch m Central Park - Moonlight Air (Bold Owl)

6 11-0
78
6 11-0
78

Went the wrong way in bumpers, and looks to be treading a similar path over hurdles, her suspect temperament enough reason to oppose despite falling mark.

Went the wrong way in bumpers, and looks to be treading a similar path over hurdles, her suspect temperament enough reason to oppose despite falling mark.

Verdict

ESTEEM has yet to win a race over hurdles but he has struck twice over the larger obstacles of late and competes off just a 7lb higher mark than when landing a 2m novices' handicap chase by 11 lengths at Southwell earlier this week. Umoristic is less exposed and doesn't look badly treated on his handicap introduction but recent Chepstow runner-up Abbi Jicaro rates a bigger threat to the selection.

Verdict

Esteem is thriving at present and looks very much the one to beat back hurdling. Abbi Jicaro and Bendant look best of the rest.

17:15 Ffos Las 19 Feb 2012

Braceys The Friendly Builders Merchant Standard Open NH Flat Race (Class 5) (4YO to 6YO)

Winner £1,754 - 14 run - Draw Advantage: None

8
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
1
iT
Royal blue and yellow check, royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap (Mr G Costelloe)

At Fishers Cross (IRE)  88 

b g Oscar - Fermoy Supreme (Supreme Leader)

D
5 11-11
-
5 11-11
-

Cost €20,000 as a 3-y-o, and made a winning debut for Charlie Swan when beating Kick For Touch at Cork in November. Bought privately since that win, and likely to go well with McCoy on board.

Cost €20,000 as a 3-y-o, and made a winning debut for Charlie Swan when beating Kick For Touch at Cork in November. Bought privately since that win, and likely to go well with McCoy on board.

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21
iT
Pink, purple epaulets (Mr Colin Pocock)

Mister Newby (IRE)  76 

b g Oscar - Sallie's Girl (Un Desperado)

6 11-11
-
6 11-11
-

Confirmed debut promise when opening account at Plumpton in December, showing a very good attitude in the process. More required under a penalty, but attitude will stand him in good stead.

Confirmed debut promise when opening account at Plumpton in December, showing a very good attitude in the process. More required under a penalty, but attitude will stand him in good stead.

3
iT
Yellow, purple star, purple and yellow check sleeves, yellow cap, purple star (Mr Simon Jones)

Champagne Johnny 

b g Kier Park - Cavvies Niece (Ballet Royal)

5 11-4
-
5 11-4
-

Kier Park gelding out of a poor sister to useful pointer/hunter chaser Man From Highworth, from family of Foxhunters winner Cavalero. Not an obvious bumper horse on pedigree.

Kier Park gelding out of a poor sister to useful pointer/hunter chaser Man From Highworth, from family of Foxhunters winner Cavalero. Not an obvious bumper horse on pedigree.

4
1-2
iT
Yellow, purple epaulets and armlets (M Rowe & B Wright)

Eleven Fifty Nine 117 

b m Midnight Legend - Essex Bird (Primitive Rising)

D
6 11-4
-
6 11-4
-

Enhanced yard's good record in bumpers when making a winning debut at Worcester in June 2010. Just as good when second after a long absence in October, so a further break of no real concern now.

Enhanced yard's good record in bumpers when making a winning debut at Worcester in June 2010. Just as good when second after a long absence in October, so a further break of no real concern now.

5
4
iT
Purple, pink stars, pink sleeves, purple stars and stars on cap (Mr A R Evans)

Here Comes Moss 31 

b g Karinga Bay - Madam Mosso (Le Moss)

5 11-4
-
5 11-4
-

Shaped in need of the experience when 22¼ lengths fourth of 9 to Hold Court in bumper at Ludlow recently and looks more one for the long term (bred for stamina).

Shaped in need of the experience when 22¼ lengths fourth of 9 to Hold Court in bumper at Ludlow recently and looks more one for the long term (bred for stamina).

6
iT
Maroon, maroon and white diabolo on sleeves, white cap, maroon star (Dukes Head Racing)

John Joe Dalton 

b g Deploy - Four Pleasure (King's Best)

5 11-4
-
5 11-4
-

Deploy gelding out of a maiden half-sister to yard's Esteem, a dual chase winner this term. Cost very little as a 4-y-o, however, and of limited interest on debut.

Deploy gelding out of a maiden half-sister to yard's Esteem, a dual chase winner this term. Cost very little as a 4-y-o, however, and of limited interest on debut.

7
23
iT
Royal blue, yellow star, diabolo on sleeves, yellow cap (L Dens (shipbrokers) Limited)

Little Chip (IRE)  37 

b g Dushyantor - Aunt Chris (Moscow Society)

5 11-4
-
5 11-4
-

Runner-up sole start in an Irish point. Lacked pace to land a serious blow when third on debut at Huntingdon last month and remains vulnerable to pacier types in races of this nature.

Runner-up sole start in an Irish point. Lacked pace to land a serious blow when third on debut at Huntingdon last month and remains vulnerable to pacier types in races of this nature.

8
FPFP-
iT
Royal blue, yellow star, royal blue sleeves, white armlets (Mr T Jewitt)

Presenting Dr T (IRE)  305 

b g Luso - Halfway Home (Presenting)

6 11-4
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6 11-4
-

Luso gelding out of an unraced mare from family of Grand National runner-up The Tsarevich. Failed to complete in 4 tries between the flags in Ireland, and can't be fancied on Rules bow.

Luso gelding out of an unraced mare from family of Grand National runner-up The Tsarevich. Failed to complete in 4 tries between the flags in Ireland, and can't be fancied on Rules bow.

9
1
iT
Orange, large light green spots, light green sleeves, orange spots (George Brookes & Family Ii)

Sarraco (IRE)  98 

ch g Old Vic - Harelda (Hector Protector)

6 11-4 t1
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6 11-4 t1
-

Old Vic gelding out of a winning half-sister to useful middle-distance winner Woodcracker. Stayed on well to win a point in November, but fitting of a tongue tie for Rules bow a negative sign.

Old Vic gelding out of a winning half-sister to useful middle-distance winner Woodcracker. Stayed on well to win a point in November, but fitting of a tongue tie for Rules bow a negative sign.

10
iT
Dark blue and white diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap (Walters Plant Hire Ltd Egan Waste Ltd)

Seranwen (IRE)  

b g Old Vic - Glenarb Molly (Phardante)

5 11-4
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5 11-4
-

Old Vic gelding who fetched €45,000 as a 3-y-o. Yard's runners always worthy of respect in events of this type, especially if the market vibes are positive.

Old Vic gelding who fetched €45,000 as a 3-y-o. Yard's runners always worthy of respect in events of this type, especially if the market vibes are positive.

11
iT
Light blue, dark blue hoop, dark blue and light blue halved sleeves, light blue and dark blue hooped cap (Mrs R E Mansell)

Shanks A Lot 

b g Beat All - Florida Fact (Factual)

5 11-4
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5 11-4
-

Beat All gelding out of an unraced mare. No great appeal on pedigree, and easy to overlook on racecourse bow.

Beat All gelding out of an unraced mare. No great appeal on pedigree, and easy to overlook on racecourse bow.

12
0
iT
Light blue, white epaulets and sleeves, dark blue cap (Mr K M Ottesen)

Bold And Beautiful 25 

b m Putra Sandhurst - Butterflier (Flying Spur)

5 10-11
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5 10-11
-

Third foal of unraced mare, and showed nothing on debut at Hereford last month.

Third foal of unraced mare, and showed nothing on debut at Hereford last month.

13
iT
Red and royal blue stripes, light blue sleeves and cap (Mrs Patricia Holtorp)

Midnight Belle 

b m Midnight Legend - Cherry Alley (Persian Mews)

5 10-11
-
5 10-11
-

Third foal of a winning pointer. Likely to need much further in time, but yard already enjoyed a couple of bumper winners so unwise to leave out of calculations entirely.

Third foal of a winning pointer. Likely to need much further in time, but yard already enjoyed a couple of bumper winners so unwise to leave out of calculations entirely.

14
iT
Light blue, grey hoop and armlets, white cap (Miss Beth Roberts)

Kims Quest (IRE)  

b f Needle Gun - Flyingagain (Orchestra)

4 10-2
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4 10-2
-

Needle Gun half-sister to a winning pointer out of a mare who enjoyed some success between the flags. Looks a long-term prospect on pedigree, and passed over on debut.

Needle Gun half-sister to a winning pointer out of a mare who enjoyed some success between the flags. Looks a long-term prospect on pedigree, and passed over on debut.

Verdict

Rebecca Curtis and Tony McCoy are very much a team to follow in races of this nature and it's not hard to envisage AT FISHERS CROSS following up his debut success for previous connections. The weight penalty will make life tough but this son of Oscar is related to former Champion Bumper winner Rhythm Section and he's considered one to follow. Eleven Fifty Nine lost no caste in defeat when second to Colour Squadron at Chepstow in October and is entitled to have improved again since, while Mister Newby, Little Chip and newcomer Seranwen complete the shortlist.

Verdict

Best to concentrate on a trio of previous winners, of whom Eleven Fifty Nine is the pick on form. At Fishers Cross and Mister Newby are respected, while the best of the newcomers looks to be Seranwen.

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