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A FAST-RUN SIX FURLONGS IS IDEAL FOR WOLVES FOURTH LETHAL ANGEL
(Wolverhampton, 21 November)
Stepped up on his debut fifth at Chelmsford City 13 days earlier, displaying a good attitude when headed briefly over a furlong out.
Fortissimo battled all the way to the line only to lose out on the nod to Youthful and Mark Johnston will find Fortissimo races at a modest level when sent handicapping.
(Wolverhampton, 22 November)
Oisin Murphy worked his way across from a wide draw, with Lethal Angel enjoying a lovely tow into the race along the rail from trailblazer Monumental Man.
She was poised to deliver her challenge when hampered and stumbled early in the straight, forfeiting all chance.
Lethal Angel had previously scored by a wide margin at Chelmsford City and although tried over further, .
Backers of Stuart Williams’s filly can count themselves unlucky this time.
(Ascot, 23 November)
Wearing a first-time visor, Flying Angel joined battle with eventual winner Mr Medic from four out.
The pair had the race between them, with Mr Medic showing the sharper turn of foot to post a new 2m 5f chase track record.
Following a wind procedure, Flying Angel returned to action at Aintree in October behind Frodon and this was another solid effort from the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained gelding.
OZZIE THE OSCAR
(Ascot, 24 November)
Forcing tactics almost worked for Ozzie The Oscar in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter earlier in the month when reeled in by God’s Own, and Matt Griffiths gave his mount another aggressive ride before fading into fifth spot behind Caid du Lin.
The race was run in a quick time and Ozzie The Oscar only faded out of the places over the final flight, so it wasn’t a performance without merit.
Unbeaten in three starts at Warwick, Ozzie can score again for Philip Hobbs this season.
(Haydock, 24 November)
Having his first start for Colin Tizzard since a switch from Ruth Jefferson, Cyrus Darius travelled strongly throughout under top weight in this competitive Class 2 handicap hurdle.
He had already come under pressure when making a hash of the last obstacle, fading into seventh behind Black Mischief, and although he could be quite difficult to place, Cyrus Darius will improve for the run, especially when encountering soft ground.
(Uttoxeter, 25 November)
Returning from a 263-day absence, Sandy Beach took full advantage of a reduced mark by putting his stamp on this 3m 2f handicap chase.
A wide-margin victory looked unlikely when Sandy Beach was slightly outpaced three out but he knuckled down under pressure to reel in Lough Derg Farmer.
A wind operation may well have contributed to this success and Colin Tizzard can find Sandy Beach another suitable opening.