Buick ready to Rock
Chris Wilson has a tip for every UK race today and he fancies William Buick to guide Sweeping Rock to victory at Kempton.
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BRIGHTON: 1.40 Quickaswecan, 2.10 Charitable Act, 2.40 Rocky Reef, 3.10 Stosur, 3.40 Hawk Moth, 4.10 Magic Lando, 4.40 ISHIAMIRACLE (NAP), 5.10 Ladweb.
KEMPTON: 5.20 Gabrial The Boss, 5.50 Hiking, 6.20 Softly She Treads, 6.50 Potentate, 7.20 Red Lady, 7.50 Theodore Gericault, 8.20 Sweeping Rock.
PUNCHESTOWN: 2.15 Salam Alaykum, 2.45 Cailin Annamh, 3.15 Lady Of Glencoe, 3.45 Darwins Fox, 4.15 First Lieutenant, 4.45 Arnima, 5.15 Illtakeitfromhere.
UTTOXETER: 2.00 Herod The Great, 2.30 John Reel, 3.00 Brousse En Feux, 3.30 Halo Moon, 4.00 Knockgraffon Lad, 4.30 Scottish Boogie, 5.00 Award Winner.
WINCANTON: 2.20 Buckhorn Tom, 2.50 Standing Ovation, 3.20 Alwaystheoptimist, 3.50 Barlow, 4.20 Moon Prince, 4.50 Floral Spinner.
DOUBLE: Ishiamiracle and Theodore Gericault.
Ishiamiracle can finally banish a maddening sequence of results by winning the 32Red On App Store Handicap at Brighton on Thursday.
Phil McEntee's filly has not won since October 2012, but that unwanted statistic can be stricken from the record at the 18th attempt.
Key to her chances by the seaside is the likelihood of soft ground.
The daughter of Ishiguru's last success was achieved in a Yarmouth bog, while conditions were also on the testing side when she ran with a degree of promise at Chepstow in September.
Ishiamiracle attempted to make all of the running in a tight seven-furlong handicap and only went down by a length and three-quarters to Just Isla.
That form probably does not amount to a great deal, but it was still heartening to see McEntee's runner fire again from the front.
With this return to six furlongs of little consequence, expect jockey David Probert to adopt similarly forceful tactics aboard a horse who is now 13lb lower than when she was last victorious 12 months ago.
Theodore Gericault can atone for a luckless outing earlier this month by winning a nice prize at Kempton.
Sir Michael Stoute's three-year-old found his path blocked at a significant time during a one-mile-three-furlong handicap, but he still stayed on powerfully for third spot.
The gelded son of Sir Percy was only beaten a length and a half by two decent sorts in Cashpoint and Markttag but would have got much closer had scrimmaging not occurred inside the final furlong.
Theodore Gericault has not quite lived up to his early-season promise, but this previous all-weather scorer has done enough to suggest the transition to just shy of a mile and a half would be very much the way forward in the Follow Us On Twitter @BetVictor Handicap.
Sweeping Rock is also worth another try in the Book Now For Christmas Festival Handicap.
The gelded son of Rock Of Gibraltar was a little unfortunate on his first stab over this two-mile trip here last month, when he was badly hampered two furlongs out before he charged home for fourth place.
That effort at least confirmed the theory that marathon trips should be his bag from here on in, while trainer Marcus Tregoning will be happy the assessor has left him alone on a mark of 56.
Sweeping Rock is clearly no superstar, but it would be most disappointing if he cannot win a race like this - especially with the assistance of William Buick.
Brousse En Feux is respected in the Teenage Cancer Trust Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter.
The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained 10-year-old often goes well at this time of the year, and was only narrowly denied on her last start at Worcester in August.
Brousse En Feux was not stopping over two and a half miles that day, so the decision to step back up in trip makes logical sense.
Keep an eye, too, on Barlow, who contests the Bathwick Tyres Yeovil Handicap Chase at Wincanton.
Warren Greatrex's six-year-old is not the most consistent of horses, but he was well backed on his last start here in May as though big things were expected of him.
Although he could not bring home the gamble, Barlow did not run too badly from the head of affairs and should be happier over this shorter trip.