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Chel­tenham 1.50 - Coney­gree’s pres­ence here has re­sulted in a few of th­ese get in off a light­weight. Sin­gle farm pay­ment, Rock The Kas­bah and CALETT MAD all look well treated but it’s the lat­ter who edges the vote.

It’s easy to for­get Nigel Twis­ton-Davies’ charge is still only six as he seems to have been around for much longer, but as he is still ma­tur­ing into his frame he could have plenty of im­prove­ment to come. Of the mar­ket lead­ers, he looks the least ex­posed and given he had a de­cent pipe opener around here last time he should be ready to show his best. At 7/1 he should be a free each way bet. Chel­tenham 2.25 - With di­fi­culty, I’ve whit­tled it down to Rather Be and BENATAR and I’m hop­ing Gary Moore’s charge can re­ward me for the hours I spent weigh­ing up the race. He looked a pro­gres­sive novice last term, rack­ing up a streak of vic­to­ries be­fore sign­ing off with third in the JLT.

That race looks to be one worth fol­low­ing as many run­ners have won since. For this rea­son I can’t un­der­stand why he is dou­ble the price of Rather Be as quite clearly the form of the JLT is much stronger than the form of the novice hand­i­cap chase in which Rather Be came sec­ond. Ob­vi­ously, Benatar’s prep run at New­ton Ab­bot didn’t go well but that was on bot­tom­less ground and Moore just needed to get a run into him. I am ex­pect­ing a much bet­ter per­for­mance to­day.

Ling­field 2.45 - The first of two listed prizes at Ling­field can go the way of ADDEYBB. Wil­liam Hag­gas has had to reign back this horse through­out the Flat sea­son as he has a dis­tinct pref­er­ence for soft ground and with such a dry sum­mer it was near im­pos­si­ble to get him out. It’s in­ter­est­ing that he is kept on the go through the win­ter but con­nec­tions may have as­pi­ra­tions to take him abroad or even mop up the lu­cra­tive all weather prizes in this coun­try. Ei­ther way, he is the class horse of the race. Chel­tenham 3.00 - I’m glad Ian Wil­liams has de­cided to step up FIRST AS­SIGN­MENT (NAP) to three miles as he stayed on well to claim vic­tory on his reap­pear­ance. He wouldn’t have been spot on for that and con­nec­tions would have been pleased he was good enough to win. I spent a bit of time with Ian Wil­liams and his team prior to the sea­son and this is a horse which took high rank on my list of horses to fol­low.

A lightly-raced novice last year, he showed more than enough to sug­gest he could progress nicely in hand­i­cap hur­dles this term and his new mark of 130 still looks well within his re­mit.

Ling­field 3.15 - Could It Be Love stands out at the bot­tom of the race­card re­ceiv­ing weight off her ri­vals but has yet been able to string two runs to­gether. Gifted Mas­ter will en­sure a good gal­lop and if they leave him alone for too long he could be hard to peg back. I would hope that CORINTHIA KNIGHT won’t be too far off the pace as I think he has out­stand­ing claims back on his favoured sur­face. Pro­vid­ing he can get a clear run, this should be a good start to a prof­itable win­ter cam­paign. Chel­tenham 3.30 - Sec­ond sea­son novice, LYGON ROCK (NB) seems to have ben­e­fited from wind surgery in the sum­mer and can now make his way up the hand­i­cap hur­dle lad­der. A half de­cent novice last year who had a knack of find­ing one too good, he looked a re­formed char­ac­ter when find­ing only the classy Pais­ley Park too good at Ain­tree. The third place horse has come out since and bolted up. You do need some for­tune around here so the 16/1 about him looks fair.

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