Arise Sir Brian

  • By: Keith Hamer
  • Last Updated: December 6 2012, 17:35 GMT

Bold Sir Brian is Keith Hamer's nap of the day for Friday's meetings - he has a tip for every UK and Irish race.

Fingal Bay: Set to bounce back at Exeter

EXETER: 12.30 Ripoff, 1.00 Fingal Bay, 1.30 Desperate Dex, 2.05 Key To The West, 2.40 Diamond Life, 3.15 The Big Freeze, 3.50 Allons Zee.

LINGFIELD: 11.50 Desert Sunrise, 12.20 Mesmerized, 12.50 Familliarity, 1.20 Super Say, 1.55 Honour, 2.30 Summer Sun, 3.05 I See You, 3.40 Kampai.

SANDOWN: 12.40 Dollar Bill, 1.10 Wings Of Smoke, 1.45 Le Bec, 2.20 BOLD SIR BRIAN (NAP), 2.55 Dashing George, 3.30 Electric Tiger.

DUNDALK: 6.00 Rapid Approach, 6.30 Sherzam, 7.00 Badger Daly, 7.30 Atmospheric High, 8.00 Elusive Ridge, 8.30 Bensoon, 9.00 Balmont Flyer, 9.25 Can We Dare.

DOUBLE: Bold Sir Brian and Desperate Dex

Bold Sir Brian can make the long journey from Scotland to Surrey pay handsome dividends by winning the Sportingbet Future Stars Chase at Sandown on Friday.

Trainer Lucinda Russell, based in Kinross north of the border, named this Listed contest as the next target after Bold Sir Brian lifted the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase much nearer home at Carlisle a month ago.

The six-year-old had decent form in his first season over fences when he chalked up a hat-trick of victories during the winter.

He was not himself when slightly disappointing on his final start at Haydock but bounced back on his return to action with a comfortable eight-length triumph over Rival D'Estruval at the Cumbrian venue.

He is not out of place in this field and can give Russell and her team a big day.

Dashing George ran well for a long way at Haydock behind Quartz De Thaix.

Dr Richard Newland's charge faded into sixth after a bad mistake at the third-last. His turn can come in the Coldunell Amateur Jockeys Association Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase.

Desperate Dex may be in the veteran stage at the age of 12, but he has been in sparkling form this campaign.

With victories at Wincanton and Chepstow already to his credit in the last couple of months, the Tom George-trained stayer looks the answer to the Axminster Carpets Devon Marathon Handicap Chase over a stamina-sapping four miles at Exeter.

Also at the Devon track, Fingal Bay can return to winning ways in the Harry Dutfield Memorial Novices' Chase after losing nothing in defeat to Dynaste at Cheltenham last time.

Philip Hobbs' runner had made a successful debut over fences at Chepstow and can show he is a smart recruit by being too good for this opposition.

At Lingfield, Kampai can repeat a recent course and distance success in the £32 Bonus At 32Red.com Handicap.

The Julia Feilden-trained four-year-old took an amateur contest in good style a couple of weeks ago and can defy a 5lb hike in the ratings.

Desert Sunrise has been knocking on the door with second-placed efforts at Wolverhampton in the past month.

The youngster looks to have given a good opportunity by trainer Sir Michael Stoute of gaining that elusive first success in the Fred & Ron Gibson Memorial Nursery.

Stoute can also strike in the 32Red Casino Handicap with Honour, who has shown enough promise in three maidens to suggest she can win races for her owner-breeders, the Cheveley Park Stud.


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