Malt to Master Huntingon rivals

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: January 11 2013, 21:19 GMT

Anita Chambers is backing Malt Master to recoup losses at Huntingdon on Friday - she has a selection for every race.

Nicky Henderson sends Malt Master to Huntingdon
Nicky Henderson sends Malt Master to Huntingdon

DUNDALK: 5.50 Sophies Echo, 6.20 Bangalore Diamond, 6.50 Golden Shoe, 7.20 Machete Mark, 7.50 Eljowzah, 8.20 Sinntani, 8.50 Trans City, 9.20 Star Of Aragon.

HUNTINGDON: 12.50 Winds And Waves, 1.20 Population, 1.50 It's Like That, 2.20 MALT MASTER (NAP), 2.50 Grand Exit, 3.20 Sawago, 3.50 Feast Of Fire.

LINGFIELD: 12.30 Irish Heartbeat, 1.00 Pharoh Jake, 1.30 Harlestone Wood, 2.00 Safwaan, 2.30 Fairyinthewind, 3.00 Pategonia, 3.30 Miss Blakeney.

SEDGEFIELD: 12.40 Taxi Des Obeaux, 1.10 Granville Island, 1.40 Hobb's Dream, 2.10 Golden Sparkle, 2.40 Uimhir A Seacht, 3.10 Simonside, 3.40 Crooked Arrow.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.00 Kai, 4.30 Under Par, 5.00 Clear Praise, 5.30 Stetson, 6.00 Priors Gold, 6.30 Ascendant, 7.00 Solace, 7.30 Icy Quiet.

DOUBLE: Malt Master and Granville Island.

Malt Master let down favourite-backers on his fencing bow but is worth another chance in the Connolly's Red Mills Horsecare Cubes Novices' Chase at Huntingdon.

Second at the Punchestown Festival over hurdles last term, he failed to sparkle when switched to the bigger obstacles at Bangor last month.

His jumping did not impress at all that day but Nicky Henderson is sure to have done plenty of work in the interim and he can get his season back on track.

Granville Island is worth a small interest in the Compare Bookmakers With Novices' Chase at Sedgefield.

An 125-rated hurdler, he jumped well enough on his chasing debut at Bangor last month but tired at the business end on what was his first run since May.

Hopefully that will have taken the freshness out of him and a bold bid is expected.

Ascendant appears to have enjoyed his return to the Flat and can continue his decent patch of form with victory in the Win More On Betting At Handicap at Wolverhampton.

The seven-year-old has been tried over hurdles in the past, winning three times in total, but seems to save his best for the all-weather with seven victories to date.

Trained by Andrew Reid until last October, Ascendant made a decent start for Alan McCabe with two placed efforts at Dunstall Park last month.

Second after nearly 300 days off the track, Ascendant also met with a slightly troubled passage in the closing stages so his performance was probably a little better than it actually looked.

However, he could not improve on that when only third next time behind the reopposing Mica Mika, sitting off the pace until falling short in the finish.

Ascendant is 4lb better off with that rival for a length-and-three-quarter beating which puts him in with an excellent chance of turning that form around.

Solace hails from an excellent family and can gain that all-important first win in the Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Second on her Polytrack bow last time, she is clearly no world-beater but a victory here would certainly enhance her paddock value.

Both Solace and Pategonia are trained by John Gosden and the latter should strike in the Forest Row Maiden Stakes at Lingfield.

A half-brother to top juvenile Zebedee, Pategonia has fallen some way short of his sibling's exploits with just a fourth place to his name from his only career start.

The four-year-old fluffed the start on that occasion but should be much wiser for this event.

Miss Blakeney has thrived under the application of a visor and can strike gold once again in the Get Straight To The Bet At Apprentice Handicap.

She shoulders a penalty for her win at Lingfield before the turn of the year but she looks a filly with plenty still to give.

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