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Our Will Hayler casts his eye over today's action and fancies a Scottish raider to cover the diesel costs at Wincanton.
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Samstown - 2.20 Wincanton
It's good to see a blast from the past on the racecard at Meydan today, as the second meeting at the Dubai Carnival gets underway.
Michael Kettle once did me tremendous good turn with a horse called Forza Figlio at Windsor one night when I was lacking the money for the train fare back to London, let alone the extra required to get back to Yorkshire.
A former and much-missed colleague of mine insisted upon putting the headline 'Kettle's on the boil' on top of the report every time he had the winner, which to be brutally honest, wasn't that often.
Kettle was snatched away from sending out the odd winner in Britain to train in the UAE and is evidently still ticking along as he saddles Jardim in the opening Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Handicap at 1430. On the couple of occasions I spoke to him, he came across as a really good guy. I hope he's doing well.
I enjoyed watching the action last week, particularly with the insight added by having James Willoughby in the RacingUK studio (I may not understand it all at the first explanation, but I feel more intelligent for having tried to).
Charlie Appleby appeared to have stolen a bit of a march on his Godolphin pal Saeed bin Suroor there, so I'll be sticking with his runners today and the progressive Cat O'Mountain looks a fair bet in the opener, along with Counterglow in the last.
As well as a cracking card at Thurles, some decent prize-money has produced interesting and competitive jumps racing at all three British jumps meetings.
After further rain across the country last night, conditions are going to be testing everywhere, but that won't worry Samstown in the feature at Wincanton, the "Higos Insurance Somerset National at 1420.
Trainer Alastair Whillans is hardly regarded as a great traveller from his base in the Scottish Borders. In fact, a runner at Warwick on the Flat a couple of years ago, is the furthest I can see him having ever ventured south before.
But he's spotted a great opportunity for this progressive mudlark, who was a fine fourth to Night Alliance in a hotter handicap than this at Haydock last time, and is helpfully now 1lb lower in the weights here despite looking as if he would have gone close to winning over another furlong or so that day.
Stamina is also no issue for Nedebateaboutit, who now heads the betting for this race, but I'd fancy my selection to have a little too much toe in the closing stages.