Lord it with Dunes in Wales
Tom Peacock previews Sunday's two meetings in the UK with Lord Of The Dunes his nap at Ffos Las.
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FFOS LAS: 2.20 Whisper, 2.50 Derwen Pryde, 3.20 El Lobo, 3.50 Dirty Deal, 4.20 Tricky Trickster, 4.50 LORD OF THE DUNES (NAP), 5.20 Bally Rone.
MARKET RASEN: 2.00 Darley Sun, 2.30 No To Trident, 3.00 Classical Mist, 3.30 Hollo Ladies, 4.00 Fourjacks, 4.30 Whiskey Ridge, 5.00 Salto Chisco.
DOUBLE: Lord Of The Dunes and Fourjacks.
Colin Tizzard's Lord Of The Dunes can make an impression in what looks a moderate contest for the Dunraven Windows Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Ffos Las on Sunday.
The five-year-old gelding has had enough outings in novice company to earn a fairly lenient handicap mark, and he showed speed to finish third in a junior bumper at Newbury earlier in his career.
A couple of starts at Plumpton and Fontwell were not without promise either, and he might just be better than his most recent showing at Exeter, when he was an unconsidered 50/1 shot and finished well down the field.
Tricky Trickster, who only recently returned from a serious injury to win in effortless fashion at Huntingdon, still needs to qualify for Cheltenham.
Smart enough to win at the Festival in 2009, the veteran should prove a class apart in the Dunraven Welsh Foxhunters Hunters' Chase.
Whisper also holds logical claims in the EBF/Sun Trade Windows "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.
Nicky Henderson's inmate found life a little tough in a Grade Two at Cheltenham in January, but should be far happier with his lot at this level.
The manner in which he won over course and distance by six lengths on his penultimate start would make him the one to beat here - especially if Festival dreams are to remain intact.
Just as important, of course, is his fondness for testing ground.
Tim Easterby has clearly been impressed enough by Fourjacks to give him some entries for the Cheltenham Festival, and the novice can get his career back on track at Market Rasen.
This late starter was switched from hurdles to fences after Christmas and was soon off the mark by beating Poole Master at Wetherby.
However, his return to the West Yorkshire course for a Grade Two event was ruined when he was hampered by a faller and could never recover properly.
The Late Great Ted Munnelly Birthday Memorial Novices' Chase at the Lincolnshire course looks a suitable starting point for swift redemption.
Darley Sun is yet another fascinating recruit from the Flat for the John Ferguson yard and he can make an impression on his jumping debut in the Calverts Carpets York Novices' Hurdle.
He looked a star in the making when bolting up in the 2009 Cesarewitch but never had a clear run of things after transferring to Godolphin.
A slight chance is taken on softish ground, but this sound stayer represents a yard which can do little wrong at the moment.