A Nice idea for gains at Ut­tox­eter...

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NICE THOUGHTS can atone for an odds-on re­verse on his most re­cent out­ing when he lines up at Ut­tox­eter.

David Pipe’s in­mate was well fan­cied in a two-mile maiden hur­dle at Worces­ter last month, but he could only fin­ish fourth.

That might not tell the full story, though, as he clouted the sec­ond-last flight and lost vi­tal mo­men­tum when it fi­nally looked like he was get­ting se­ri­ous.

De­spite hav­ing done pretty well in three pre­vi­ous tries over hur­dles, Nice Thoughts lacked ac­cel­er­a­tion at Worces­ter, so the de­ci­sion to step up to two and a half miles looks wise.

The Sen­tinel Green ‘Un Hand­i­cap Hur­dle looks an em­i­nently winnable en­counter for the Pipe run­ner, who is on a rea­son­able mark on his first start in this sphere of rac­ing.

It is quite dif­fi­cult to look beyond Knight Bach­e­lor in the totet­ri­fecta Hand­i­cap Hur­dle at Plump­ton.

The War­ren Greatrex-trained sixyear-old is in fan­tas­tic form, hav­ing won his last three races in the man­ner of a horse that still has plenty to of­fer.

And though he has soared through the rat­ings, his last tri­umph should have set him up nicely for a re­turn to hand­i­cap­ping.

Sent off a 4-7 chance for a twoand-a-half-mile novice hur­dle at Worces­ter, Knight Bach­e­lor ab­so­lutely ruled the school, win­ning by an eased-down five lengths with­out Gavin Shee­han ever get­ting se­ri­ous.

He has now done enough to have a go over three miles, which hardly looks a fan­ci­ful project from what we have seen so far. As­sum­ing the rain keeps away, Knight Bach­e­lor must have ev­ery chance.

Dis­ci­pline can lay down the law in the Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lan­wades Stud Fil­lies Stakes at Gowran.

Sir Michael Stoute and Marco Botti are both rep­re­sented in the Group Three, but it could pay to side with Der­mot Weld’s fast-im­prov­ing filly.

The daugh­ter of Dan­sili, owned by Khalid Ab­dul­lah, will find this tough against older horses, but she has re­ally caught the eye on three pre­vi­ous runs this year.

A heavy-ground win­ner on her de­but at Gowran in April, Dis­ci­pline then got to within a head of Bocca Ba­ci­ata over this course and dis­tance in a Listed race a few weeks later.

With her con­queror that day now a Group Two win­ner, the form ob­vi­ously looks sweet.

Nice Thoughts’ trainer David Pipe

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