Academy to hand out lesson

  • By: Keith Hamer
  • Last Updated: December 18 2012, 15:38 GMT

Keith Hamer previews Tuesday's meetings in the UK. Fortrose Academy is his nap but he's got a tip for every race across the three cards.

Andrew Balding: Trains Fortrose Academy

CATTERICK: 12.10 Saroque, 12.40 Knight Valliant, 1.10 Special Catch, 1.40 Fentara, 2.10 Royal Deal, 2.40 Sacre Toi, 3.10 Lord Usher.

FOLKESTONE: 12.30 If In Doubt, 1.00 The Musical Guy, 1.30 Tidal Dance, 2.00 Lajidaal, 2.30 Witch's Hat, 3.00 Stravita, 3.30 Landenstown Star.

LINGFIELD: 11.50 Icelander, 12.20 Ishi, 12.50 Kalahari Breeze, 1.20 Patavium Prince, 1.50 Roy's Legacy, 2.20 Fairyinthewind, 2.50 Parisian Pyramid, 3.20 FORTROSE ACADEMY (NAP).

DOUBLE: Fortrose Academy and Fairyinthewind.

At this late stage of 2012 it is the time to give three-year-olds a second look when they take on their elders and Fortrose Academy can the prove the point at Lingfield on Tuesday.

The Andrew Balding-trained gelding got the better of a protracted battle with seasoned campaigner Lastkingofscotland by a neck at Kempton two weeks ago.

He has gone up 3lb for that narrow success but meets his old rival on just 1lb worse terms, but with more improvement likely, Fortrose Academy can confirm the form in division two of the Follow Us On Twitter At LingfieldPark Handicap.

Parisian Pyramid was fifth in that Kempton race and has two fine placed efforts to his name on this track since then.

The Ian Williams-trained six-year-old can have his day in division one and end a losing streak going back to June 2010 when he beat no less than Group One-winning sprinter Prohibit.

Fairyinthewind has been runner-up in her last three starts and can end her run of seconditis in the At The Races On Facebook Fillies' Handicap.

The Paul D'Arcy-trained three-year-old has every chance of finally getting her head in front for the first time in 13 months, especially as she is back among her own sex after taking on the boys.

The curtain comes down on racing at Folkestone where it might pay to follow Witch's Hat in the BetVictor Exclusive Antepost Offer Cheltenham 2013 Maiden Hurdle.

Jim Old's charge is a sound conveyance and took his jumping certainly helped him register victory at Leicester two weeks ago by 11 lengths from Caulfield Venture, after his nearest pursuer The Fox's Decree came down at the last.

A follow-up success looks on the cards here.

The honour of sending out the last winner at the Kent track can go to Tim Vaughan, responsible for Landenstown Star in the appropriately-named "Save the Last Race" For Eastwell Manor Handicap Chase.

The seven-year-old might have won at Hereford, another condemned course, earlier this month but for mistakes at the last two fences.

In the end he had to settle for second spot, five lengths behind the winner Doubletoilntrouble. He can go one better, granted a better round of jumping.

Fentara should defy top weight in the feature race at Catterick, the Buy Your 2013 Annual Badge Today Handicap Chase.

The Tim Walford-trained seven-year-old is yet to strike over fences, but the mare has already shown more than useful form in both her runs so far at Newcastle.

Third to Aland Islands when she was only beaten five and a half lengths on her fencing bow, she ran Red Rocco to two lengths when stepped up in trip last time.

Further natural improvement can see her land the spoils.


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