Summer looks a winter warmer

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: January 15 2013, 14:11 GMT

Anita Chambers is backing Summerinthecity to go one better than when second last time when he lines up at Wolverhampton later.

David Nicholls: Trains Summerinthecity

FFOS LAS: 1.10 Kims Quest, 1.40 Full Of Joy, 2.10 ONE IN A MILAN (NAP), 2.45 Storm Alert, 3.15 Hassadin, 3.50 Rash Moment, 4.20 Brantingham Breeze.

LINGFIELD: 1.00 Dynamic Idol, 1.30 Sash Of Honour, 2.00 Cuckoo Rock, 2.30 First Fandango, 3.05 Life Long, 3.35 Presented, 4.10 Lurcher.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.20 John Coffey, 2.55 Holy Angel, 3.25 Hepworth, 4.00 Ishigunnaeatit, 4.30 Summerinthecity, 5.00 Goldstorm, 5.30 Idol Deputy.

DOUBLE: One In A Milan and Summerinthecity.

One In A Milan was well beaten on his first outing over fences but should fare much better in the Davies Coaches Novices' Chase at Ffos Las.

A fair hurdler in Ireland, he was pitched in against the well-regarded Cantlow on his debut at Taunton, eventually finishing a 50-length third.

However, the two-mile-three-furlong trip that day was plenty sharp enough for a staying hurdler and he was hardly pressured when beaten, being allowed a nice education over the bigger obstacles.

Stepped up to three miles here, One In A Milan should be seen in a much better light.

First Fandango opened his account over fences at Fakenham and can follow up in the Hollow Lane Novices' Chase at Lingfield.

His jumping let him down on his first couple of outings but Tim Vaughan had obviously put in enough work to see him triumph in November.

While he was far from fluent in the latter stages on that occasion, he still prevailed by a comfortable 12 lengths and will surely improve with every outing.

Summerinthecity should raise the temperature of his supporters as he lines up in the Casino At Handicap at Wolverhampton.

David Nicholls' charge could not really be less well named just now but after some recent lukewarm performances, the six-year-old can catch fire here.

The fact he has not won in well over a year now may deter some would-be backers but that leaves him on an eyecatching mark of 73, some 10lb lower than his turf rating and and 19lb off his highest ever mark of 92.

A string of unplaced efforts last year would hardly inspire but Nicholls and owner Marwan Koukash obviously saw some kind of promise as they paid 10,000 guineas for the Indian Ridge gelding at Tattersalls in October.

It looked as though the gamble might not pay off as he did not get close to victory in three starts before Christmas, but his head second over this course and seven-furlong distance at the start of the year showed a flash of promise.

He was only beaten in the dying strides and considering his current lenient rating, Summerinthecity could be a winner waiting to happen.

Hepworth has had to settle for second occasion on both her starts to date but she can gain an all-important victory in the No Deposit Free Bets With Maiden Stakes.

Beaten under a length on her only juvenile start, the Singspiel filly obviously had her problems last year as she did not return to action until second in a Lingfield maiden event in December.

She stayed on at the one pace that day and John Gosden will surely be hoping a repeat of that form will be good enough here.

Holy Angel was not beaten far into second last time and compensation awaits in the Best Racing Odds With Handicap.

The four-year-old was staying on again at the finish at this venue earlier in the month after failing to find the required extra gear.

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