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  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: December 28 2012, 16:27 GMT

In the absence of Hurricane Fly, Unaccompanied won the Istabraq Festival Hurdle 12 months ago but it's difficult to envisage the mare defending her crown with Willie Mullins' star in opposition on ground that's more testing than she'd care for.

Fill The Power: Can win over fences at Doncaster

Indeed, it's hard to see any of Hurricane Fly's four opponents troubling him although he is beginning to get a little long in the tooth as far as this discipline is concerned.

Younger legs may trouble him at the Spring Festivals but Sublimity and Brave Inca both won this race as eight year olds while the horse that the race is named after was nine years of age when obliging in 2001.

The day's other Grade One contest is the Challow Hurdle at Newbury where Taquin Du Seuil can further enhance his reputation.

Both Easter Day and Clondaw Kaempfer possess higher BHA ratings but Jonjo O'Neill's charge looked a terrific prospect when slamming a decent field at Sandown in the Winter Novices' Hurdle and can provide his trainer with a fourth win in this race in 11 years.

Fill The Power should be a backable price in the Blue Square Bet Handicap Chase at Doncaster and, as well as being a topically named runner with the PDC World Darts Championship approaching its climax, there's also plenty to commend him on the form book.

The six year old made easy Ascot winner Wyck Hill pull out all the stops at Wetherby in his first run in a handicap chase last time (the fifth has also won easily since to give the form further substance) and a 5lb rise is unlikely to prevent him from going one better providing that he jumps with a little more fluency.

Bakbenscher will be popular in the 3.15 at Newbury but the progressive African Gold and Salubrious look live dangers while top-weight Any Given Day can't be discounted having won a handicap from the same mark on his reappearance last season.

Instead, we'll return to Town Moor where Barafundle can show his younger rivals a clean pair of heels in the extended three mile handicap at 2.25.

Having been off since March 2011, the eight year old ran a huge race on his reappearance in the Brush Hurdle Handicap at Haydock won by Trustan Times to prove that he retains all of his old ability.

Jennie Candlish had a welcome winner on Thursday - the yard's first since June - and this half-brother Flemenstar can progress from his reappearance and make the most of an attractive handicap mark.


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