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BETTER THINGS LIE AHEAD FOR WIDE-MARGIN WOLVES WINNER NABEYLANABEYLA
(Wolverhampton, 19 February)
Roger Varian’s daughter of New Approach was clearly ‘expected’ on her debut in the Ladbrokes Fillies’ Novice Stakes and she turned this 7f contest into a rout.
Going off the 7-4 favourite, Nabeyla was sent for home early in the straight by Oisin Murphy, clocking a smart time as she sauntered six lengths clear at the line. Better things lie ahead.
GET IN THE QUEUE
(Exeter, 22 February)
Stamped himself as arguably the best UK bumper horse seen so far this season with a very easy 16 lengths victory under a statuesque Noel Fehily.
Get In The Queue had looked an above-average sort when scoring on debut at Uttoxeter in December and the five-year-old emerged from out of the West Country fog in splendid isolation.
(Lingfield, 23 February)
Parked out very wide in the early stages emerging from stall 11, Time Zone worked his way to the front before halfway under Hollie Doyle.
Time Zone has endured a long spell in the wilderness since winning a Newmarket maiden on debut for previous trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam but he responded positively to the first-time blinkers, hinting he is well enough handicapped these days to strike for new handler Louise Allan.
ADRIEN DU PONT
(Kempton, 23 February)
Up 7lb for his course and distance success at the Christmas holiday fixture, Adrien Du Pont never landed a blow under a hold-up ride in the 888Sport Handicap Chase.
Paul Nicholls will find him more opportunities, especially when there is a stronger pace to attack.
(Carlisle, 24 February)
Tom Tate’s dual-purpose gelding shortened significantly in the betting for this weak-looking novices’ hurdle and punters who availed themselves of the odds against earlier in the day were left cursing their luck.
River Glades, racing keenly and bowling along, was fully 25 lengths clear when nodding on landing three out, unshipping his hapless rider.
It’s fairly safe to assume he would have come home unchallenged and this was a missed penalty kick.
(Ayr, 25 February)
Welsh Rarebit likes to take control and although ultimately no match for favourite Western Honour, he stayed on for second once headed.
Welsh Rarebit will have more realistic prospects when sent handicapping.