Spill looks Way to go
Nick Grant likes the look of Spillway at Lingfield on Monday and he has a tip for every race in the UK.
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FAKENHAM: 1.00 Ericht, 1.30 Dream Risk, 2.00 Cross Of Honour, 2.30 Jive Master, 3.00 Xenophon, 3.30 Terre Du Vent.
LINGFIELD: 12.10 SPILLWAY (NAP), 12.40 Sofi's Spirit, 1.10 Fathom Five, 1.40 Brocklebank, 2.10 Hill Street, 2.40 Follow The Flag, 3.10 Rambo Will, 3.40 Button Moon.
MUSSELBURGH: 12.20 Exotic Man, 12.50 Jovial, 1.20 Hazy Tom, 1.50 Vallani, 2.20 Skint, 2.50 Posh Bird, 3.20 Lord Of Tara.
DOUBLE: Spillway and Hill Street.
Spillway can show the benefit of a most promising debut when he turns out again in the At The Races Sky 415 Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Lingfield on Monday.
Sent off at 50-1 for his racecourse introduction at Kempton last month, he travelled well into the straight before meeting a troubled passage.
That cost him a chance of victory, but he still caught the eye by staying on into third, without being given a very hard time.
Trained by Eve Johnson Houghton, a yard not renowned for winning debutantes, he should step up markedly on that performance and take all the beating.
John Gosden's Hill Street got off the mark at the third time of asking at this venue back in May but then missed the rest of the campaign.
He has obviously had the odd issue but reappears in the 32Red Handicap and the master of Clarehaven would not be running him if he was not totally happy.
A mark of 88 looks stiff enough for his handicap debut, but he comes up against plenty of exposed types, including Richard Hannon's Viewpoint, the horse he beat comfortably in his maiden.
Given that rival is now rated 84, his handicap mark does not look so tough after all.
Nicky Henderson would not have believed it if somebody had dared to tell him Ericht would go through the whole of last season without a win.
However, that was the case for the Alderbrook gelding, who was sent off favourite for the Champion Bumper the previous campaign.
Having been beaten just under three lengths by Steps To Freedom on his hurdling debut in a Grade Two, his mark of 127 looks too good to be true.
His form did tail off and he was beaten at 1-5 at Huntingdon so it may be that he will be better over fences.
If the engine remains intact though, the Betfair Funds PJA Doctor "National Hunt'' Maiden Hurdle is his for the taking.
Tom George does well with his French recruits and Terre Du Vent looks interesting in the Betfair Supports Grassroots Racing At Fakenham Mares' Novices' Hurdle.
She was still in with a chance in the Dovecote Novices' Hurdle against Grumeti and Dodging Bullets on her British bow, only to fall at the second-last.
She was then hampered behind Quevega at Cheltenham, which can easily be forgiven.
Classy on the Flat in France, she was only beaten four lengths in a Group One.
Hazy Tom has not made the progress that once looked likely but after a confidence-boosting win last time out, he can follow up in the Weatherbys Bank Handicap Chase at Musselburgh.
Trainer Charlie Longsdon had hoped he might have an Arkle contender on his hands as he did run in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last season.
However, he was very disappointing on his chasing debut at Towcester when only sixth.
Adopting front-running tactics against a strong stayer in Cantlow last time, Hazy Tom had too much speed and appears to have got in here very lightly.
A mark of 127 over fences, given he was once rated 143 over timber, leaves plenty of scope for improvement.