Card to claim Haldon repeat
Nick Grant says Cue Card can win the BetVictor Haldon Gold Cup Chase at Exeter on Tuesday again - he has a tip in every race.
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EXETER: 1.50 Champagne West, 2.20 Keen Eye, 2.50 CUE CARD (NAP), 3.20 Claret Cloak, 3.50 Kind Of Easy, 4.20 Royal Native.
KEMPTON: 4.30 Much Promise, 5.00 Fragonard, 5.30 Emperical, 6.00 Habeshia, 6.30 Havelovewilltravel, 7.00 Secret Beau, 7.30 Batchworth Lady.
REDCAR: 12.30 Aran Sky, 1.00 Fleurtille, 1.30 Bond Club, 2.00 Trixie Malone, 2.30 Asgardella, 3.00 Cottesmore, 3.30 Blue Top, 4.00 Tadalavil.
SOUTHWELL: 12.40 Seamster, 1.10 George Benjamin, 1.40 Two No Bids, 2.10 Stoney Quine, 2.40 Pennine Warrior, 3.10 One Pursuit, 3.40 Honoured, 4.10 Millkwood.
DOUBLE: Cue Card and Pennine Warrior.
Cue Card sets out on what should be another profitable campaign when he bids for back-to-back wins in the BetVictor Haldon Gold Cup Chase at Exeter.
Colin Tizzard's gelding was superb in this Grade Two limited handicap 12 months ago, slamming Edgardo Sol by 26 lengths, and was prepared afterwards for a tilt at the King George on Boxing Day.
Soft ground meant he found an already tough ask at three miles beyond him but he showed his class again with wins at Ascot and at the Cheltenham Festival, where he looked really good in winning the Ryanair.
Second to Sprinter Sacre at Aintree on his final start of the season was hardly a disgrace and it will be a surprise if he cannot get off to another winning start, even though he has to give plenty of weight all round.
Claret Cloak continues his fencing education in the Bathwick Tyres Novices' Chase.
Emma Lavelle's charge was a useful performer over hurdles and made an excellent start in the chase division when winning by 14 lengths at Towcester earlier this month.
It may not have been the best of fields that day and this race certainly appears to be a harder task, but Claret Cloak is a horse who is full of potential.
Asgardella can strike for Richard Fahey in the Market Cross Jewellers Handicap at Redcar.
Although hardly prolific, the Duke Of Marmalade filly has been given a chance by the handicapper of late and took full advantage at Pontefract, staying on particularly well to win under Paul Hanagan off a mark of 76.
Testing conditions seemed to being out the best in her, and it is worth bearing in mind she was tried in Listed class earlier in the year, being four lengths behind a future Group One winner in Winsili at Newbury in a race that also contained high-class The Lark.
She is not of that calibre, obviously, but has talent and with hindsight she was not winning out of turn. The handicapper has put her up to 82 but that might still be feasible now she has found the winning habit, with conditions and trip again to suit.
Aran Sky is entitled to go close in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes if he can show normal improvement from his debut at this track.
That run came in September, when the Karl Burke-trained gelding just tired late on to be fourth having looked like winning at one stage.
While it would be stretching it to suggest that was a hot race, it was not the worst maiden run, either, with a useful winner and the second and third just touched off since.
He will encounter similar ground conditions and must be a leading player.
Blue Top caught a bit of a tartar when missing out on a hat-trick at Ayr and there is no reason why he should not run his race in the Watch Racing UK On Sky 432 Handicap.
Michael Bell's Forced Family Fun proved well handicapped on the day but the selection was well clear of the third and is clearly in great heart.
Despite being by a July Cup winner in Pastoral Pursuits, One Pursuit has shown an aptitude for much further than sprint distances and can take the step up to two miles in his stride in the 32Red Handicap at Southwell.
The Brendan Powell-trained five-year-old has won his last two starts over one mile five, and a mile and a half, at Bath and Newbury respectively, without showing any signs of stopping. Another few furlongs is unlikely to prove an inconvenience as he seeks the hat-trick.
Pennine Warrior shaped well when second on his only previous visit to the Rolleston venue and trainer Scott Dixon looks to have found a suitable opportunity of a first success for the Lucky Story two-year-old in the 32Red.com British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
Much Promise deserves to get off the mark at the fourth time of asking in the rewards4racing.com Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Kempton.
The John Gosden-trained youngster is bred to get better with racing, and with two close seconds on Polytrack so far she has not done a lot wrong at six furlongs.
Her only other start was when down the field in a maiden at Goodwood which has worked out very well and her experience can be the deciding factor.
Batchworth Lady is worth a second look in the Book Now For Jump Racing On 25.11.13 Handicap.
He was a no-show on quick ground at Leicester but is much more effective on the all-weather and was course-and-distance winner on her penultimate start.