Get in the winning Spirit

  • By: Chris Wilson
  • Last Updated: November 29 2013, 15:38 GMT

Chris Wilson provides a tip for every race on Friday and makes Carole's Spirit his nap at Newbury.

Wonderful Charm: Can win again
Wonderful Charm: Can win again

DONCASTER: 12.20 Funny Star, 12.50 Mijhaar, 1.20 Highbury High, 1.55 Corkage, 2.30 Bold Raider, 3.05 Reyes Magos, 3.35 Black Cow.

DUNDALK: 5.45 Princess Pearlita, 6.15 Fleet Captain, 6.45 Misty Lane, 7.15 Crafty Codger, 7.45 Seanie, 8.15 Goal, 8.45 Shaiyzar, 9.15 Splendid Light.

MUSSELBURGH: 12.10 Burns Night, 12.40 Dispour, 1.10 Teo Vivo, 1.45 Biggar, 2.20 Swift Arrow, 2.55 Rhymers Stone, 3.25 Ollie G.

NEWBURY: 12.30 Calipto, 1.00 Definite Dream, 1.30 Seventh Sign, 2.05 Wonderful Charm, 2.40 Niceonefrankie, 3.15 CAROLE'S SPIRIT (NAP), 3.45 In Fairness.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 3.55 Saffire Song, 4.25 Angel Flores, 4.55 Coconell, 5.25 Honey Of A Kitten, 5.55 Silverware, 6.25 Dodina, 6.55 Solemn.

DOUBLE: Carole's Spirit and Highbury High.

Dorset trainer Robert Walford will rightly expect Carole's Spirit to carry on the good work in the Inkerman EBF Mares' "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle at Newbury.

The five-year-old looked really sharp on her hurdling bow at Plumpton earlier this month, when her neck defeat of Fountains Mary was in no way an accurate assessment of her superiority that day.

Walford has already earmarked a valuable race back at Newbury later in the year for Carole's Spirit, who goes especially well on testing ground.

Her bumper form from last season, which included a third-placed finish behind Legacy Gold at Aintree in April, adds further gloss to her attractive profile.

Wonderful Charm can cash in on Close Touch's defection from the Grade Two Fuller's London Pride Novices' Chase.

The Nicky Henderson-trained Close Touch had been the subject of some fervour ahead of his chasing bow, but connections have taken him out of the equation.

This should pave the way clear for Wonderful Charm, who has made a terrific start to his fencing career with back-to-back wins at Fakenham and Wincanton.

His most recent triumph in the Grade Two Rising Stars Novices' Chase was especially pleasing as he had the likes of Fox Appeal and Third Intention well held, having jumped smoothly from the outset.

Wonderful Charm is already rated higher over fences than over hurdles and holds obvious claims here of preserving his unbeaten chase record.

Highbury High cannot be ignored in the Cadbury Flake "99" Novices' Handicap Chase at Doncaster.

Paul Henderson's charge overcame a bad mistake at Wincanton on only his third start over fences to run out a one-length winner in a fair race.

The six-year-old would have won by much further had he not stumbled at the last - a case in point reflected by his revised handicap mark.

This step up to three miles can bring about further improvement from this stout-looking individual.

Burns Night, a narrow second at Fakenham a week and a half ago, looks the one in the Saltire Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at Musselburgh.

Saffire Song can come good at the sixth attempt in the Nursery Handicap at Wolverhampton.

The return to five furlongs could realistically have the desired effect for this daughter of Firebreak, who made an encouraging start on the all-weather a week ago.

Sent off a 10/1 chance for a Kempton sprint, the Alan Bailey-trained filly held every chance until she grew weary inside the last of six furlongs.

Saffire Song finished fifth, beaten four and a half lengths, but that might not tell the full story as she had largely travelled well for Robert Winston.

Bailey unsurprisingly goes back to the minimum trip at Dunstall Park, with her penultimate showing at Musselburgh in September a neat reminder of her worth at that distance.

The juvenile was only narrowly denied by Gulland Rock and Baltic Spirit on that occasion, and is just 2lb higher here.

While seemingly not the straightest arrow on the range - she wears a first-time visor at Wolverhampton - Saffire Song still ought to go well in what is a pretty poor race.

Dodina should be monitored with a degree of anticipation in the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap.

A pleasing winner of a Yarmouth maiden in July, Brian Ellison's Acclamation filly was a big eyecatcher over course and distance in October.

The three-year-old encountered a bit of trouble in running before she flashed home to take third behind Benoni and Relight My Fire in a seven-furlong handicap.

Dodina seemingly needs to be delivered late on, but Tom Eaves is one of the best judges of pace on the northern circuit and should get his fractions right from stall one.

Ellison will also be reassured by the fact his runner has been relieved of another 1lb here.