A Risk worth taking
Anita Chambers previews Thursday's action in the UK and Ireland with Cheltenham Festival hopeful Calculated Risk taken to win.
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CLONMEL: 1.30 Sarabad, 2.00 Annie Power, 2.35 Venture Capital, 3.10 Wild Salmon, 3.40 Call The Police, 4.10 Page Turner, 4.40 Final Gift.
DONCASTER: 1.20 Coverholder, 1.55 Close Touch, 2.30 Triangular, 3.05 Who Owns Me, 3.35 Do If For Dalkey, 4.05 Edmaaj, 4.35 Sacre Toi.
HUNTINGDON: 1.35 He's The Daddy, 2.05 Lough Coi, 2.40 Shuil Royale, 3.15 CALCULATED RISK (NAP), 3.45 Hayjack, 4.15 Flaming Gorge, 4.45 August Hill.
TAUNTON: 1.45 Red Jade, 2.15 Maxi Chop, 2.50 Home Run, 3.25 Wild Ground, 3.55 Dun See Dee, 4.25 Milo Man.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.05 Fighter Boy, 5.35 Hierarch, 6.05 Amelia Hull, 6.35 Going Grey, 7.05 Hand In Glove, 7.35 Blazing Knight, 8.05 Flow Chart.
DOUBLE: Calculated Risk and Blazing Knight.
Calculated Risk holds a Triumph Hurdle entry and if he is to justify that kind of engagement, he really should be winning at Huntingdon on Thursday.
He looked an exciting prospect when winning on his debut at Doncaster, with several nice types well beaten in behind.
The 32Red Juvenile Hurdle should be a good indicator of his ability for the Festival, and he hails from a John Quinn yard particularly strong in this division.
Edmaaj was an expensive recruit off the level and he can start to repay a fraction of his 120,000 guineas price with victory in the Eventmasters Corporate Hospitality Novices' Hurdle at Doncaster.
A three-time winner on the Flat, he flattened the fourth hurdle on his jumps bow at Fakenham last month and was all at sea after that.
He should be much wiser for the experience and better ground in Yorkshire should also aid his cause.
Home Run is the choice in the Bathwick Tyres Novices' Handicap Hurdle, the highlight of Taunton's card.
Blazing Knight has won both of his starts to date at Wolverhampton and he can defend his 100 per cent record in the £50 Free Bet At coral.co.uk Handicap.
Ralph Beckett's charge was well beaten by multiple Group One winner Reckless Abandon on his very first trip to the track in May 2012 and after a string of placed efforts, he finally came good at Dunstall Park last September.
Racing over six furlongs, he managed to sneak through in the dying strides and showed that win to be no fluke when defying a slight rise in the weights to win convincingly back at the same venue the following month.
That victory saw him hiked 7lb in the ratings and he flopped on his first start at that mark, although perhaps a return to turf was really not to his advantage.
Returned to the all-weather in December, he cut little ice after a lengthy lay-off but the outing obviously set him straight as he was on the mark last time.
Admittedly that came off his lowest rating for a while but he finished in style, poking his head in front on the line and looking as though he might have something still to give.
Blazing Knight obviously thrives at Wolverhampton and can go in again.
Hand In Glove showed plenty of promise when second on her racecourse bow and she is the choice in the coral.co.uk Mobile Casino Maiden Stakes.
She was beaten just half a length by Saga Lout back in December and was keeping on at the finish, suggesting a minor event like this should be right up her street.
Going Grey holds excellent claims in the Free Bets Galore At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap after claiming a close-up third at this track recently.
He did not enjoy the best of runs on that occasion, being checked when preparing to launch his challenge, before going down by just three-quarters of a length.
Granted better luck this time, Richard Fahey's runner makes plenty of appeal.