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GOWITHTHEFLOW AND FOLLOW BEN PAULING’S INMATE
(Chepstow, 8 November)
Ben Pauling’s young hurdlers have been in rampant form and Gowiththeflow looked certain to further boost the stable’s strike-rate when jumping the last flight with what appeared a decisive advantage in this 2m 4f maiden.
His backers’ cheers were silenced, however, as Gowiththeflow edged left off a true line and was mugged by Chooseyourweapon (pair clear). Evan Williams’s scorer, a fine stamp of a horse, looks useful and winners will come out of this event.
(Hexham, 10 November)
Extended his unbeaten sequence to three with a comfortable success in this 2m 4f novices’ hurdle and Keith Dalgleish will be plotting something more adventurous.
Niceandeasy, a bumper/maiden/novice hurdle winner, has raced only on soft/heavy but this son of Kalanisi could improve again when given the chance to stretch out on some decent ground.
(Newcastle, 10 November)
Jim Goldie placed Testa Rossa last season to win four times over a mile at Newcastle between October and January, and more success could be just around the corner.
Testa Rossa, held up as usual by stable apprentice Sean Mooney, wasn’t beaten far in third behind John Gosden’s three-year-old Pouvoir Magique and remains on a feasible mark.
(Ffos Las, 12 November)
Having his first run over hurdles in 18 months, Fingerontheswitch was the only one to give strongly-supported Prime Venture a race in this 3m handicap.
Neil Mulholland’s gelding led three out but was picked off by the favourite at the last flight (pair clear). Fingerontheswitch seemed to lose his confidence over fences and it might be worth persevering over hurdles off his reduced mark.
(Sandown, 12 November)
Switched from Nicky Henderson to Nigel Twiston-Davies and Jameson struck gold on only his second start over fences, doing well to cut down forcibly-ridden Western Miller, with 13 lengths back to the third. Di Walters’s five-year-old hasn’t had a lot of racing and can progress again.
(Southwell, 13 November)
Seemed to enjoy his first Fibresand experience, travelling strongly in blinkers and pulling clear of his two market rivals in this modest 1m 3f maiden. Second Page had been running in slightly better company and it was no surprise to see some inspired money forcing him to 15-8 favourite.
Richard Hannon’s colt finished full of running and there are plenty of ordinary staying handicaps at Southwell which may be within his compass this winter.