Ground suits for Rajnagan
Fast-ground lover Rajnagan looks the one to be on at Stratford on Sunday, says Keith Hamer, who has a tip for every UK race.
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FAIRYHOUSE: 2.35 Fine Cut, 3.05 Tafkeer, 3.35 Clancy Avenue, 4.05 Global Icon, 4.35 Daymooma, 5.05 New Romance, 5.35 Hisaabaat.
PERTH: 2.00 Dantes King, 2.30 Rymers Ha', 3.00 Feisty Lass, 3.30 Definite Maybe, 4.00 Hodgson, 4.30 Momkinzain, 5.00 Cloudy Joker.
SLIGO: 2.25 Courage, 2.55 Diplomat, 3.25 Ancient Sands, 3.55 Bad And Mad, 4.25 Lancing, 4.55 Pennys Tune, 5.25 Aces And Kings, 5.55 Some Officer.
SOUTHWELL: 1.40 Cock And Hen, 2.10 Apache Dawn, 2.40 Tarvini, 3.10 Tracking Time, 3.40 Lifetime, 4.10 House Party, 4.40 Gilded Age, 5.10 Just Got Lucky
STRATFORD: 2.20 Moscow Me, 2.50 To Live, 3.20 Castlemorris King, 3.50 RAJNAGAN (NAP), 4.20 Red Eight, 4.50 She's Humble, 5.20 Anton Dolin.
DOUBLE: Rajnagan and Hodgson.
Fast-ground lover Rajnagan can make hay while the sun shines with victory in the Birmingham Post Handicap Chase at Stratford on Sunday.
Paul Webber's charge should be primed for a big run in the feature race on the card following a pipe-opener over a longer distance at the Warwickshire venue a month ago.
A winner over hurdles here, he has a point to prove over fences as he unseated his rider with a novice chase at his mercy over the course and distance last August.
He showed he had not lost his confidence as he got off the mark over the bigger obstacles in his very next race at Southwell.
Rajnagan has been lightly-raced over the last year or so and looks sure to go close on his favoured fast ground.
He won the Sunday Mercury Handicap Hurdle at this fixture in 2011 and looks set to go to Castlemorris King this time.
The five-year-old, trained by Brian Barr, has been a regular visitor to Stratford of late.
Runner-up to Dresden last month, he overcame a mistake at the final flight to gamely keep Brassbound at bay by half a length earlier this month.
Peter Bowen is not afraid to send his horses far and wide in search of success and the Pembrokeshire handler can plunder the main race at Perth with Hodgson.
The eight-year-old grey was a gutsy winner at Ffos Las last time out and can follow-up, in the totepool Home of King Size Pools Handicap Chase.
Gordon Elliott managed to keep Feisty Lass without a bid after the mare lifted a selling hurdle at the Scottish track recently and the Irish trainer could be celebrating again.
It was the first time Feisty Lass had dropped into plating company and it will have done her the power of good as she steps up in class and distance for the totequadpot Four Places In Four Races Handicap Hurdle.
Apache Dawn goes well at Southwell, finishing first and second on his last two starts. His trainer Aytach Sadik looks to have found another good opportunity for the nine-year-old in the Chad Retro Handicap Chase.
Cock And Hen looks primed to go close for Jonjo O'Neill and Tony McCoy in the Wow-24-7 Novices' Chase.
Formerly trained in Ireland by Niall Madden, the seven-year-old finished second to the classy Ambion Wood at Worcester last month.