Time to roll with Aces
Rolling Aces can strike for Paul Nicholls in the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton on Saturday, according to Nick Grant, who has a tip for every UK race.
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CHEPSTOW: 1.35 Annacotty, 2.10 Safran De Cotte, 2.45 Presence Felt, 3.20 Doeslessthanme, 3.55 Shammick Boy, 4.30 Kinkeel, 5.05 Turoyal.
FAIRYHOUSE: 1.00 Dogora, 1.30 Glens Melody, 2.00 Our Girl Salley, 2.35 Prince De Beauchene, 3.10 Realt Mor, 3.45 Tammys Hill, 4.20 Benemeade.
KEMPTON: 1.30 Mickelson, 2.05 Chris Pea Green, 2.40 Molotof, 3.15 Forgotten Voice, 3.50 ROLLING ACES (NAP), 4.25 God Of The Kop, 5.00 Beat That.
LINGFIELD: 1.20 Huffoof, 1.55 Black Cadillac, 2.30 York Glory, 3.05 Planteur, 3.40 Big Sylv, 4.15 Stentorian, 4.50 Triple Dream.
NEWCASTLE: 1.45 Nuts N Bolts, 2.20 Robbie, 2.55 Cool Operator, 3.30 Little Glenshee, 4.05 Firth Of The Clyde, 4.40 Billy Cuckoo, 5.15 Moss Cloud.
DOUBLE: Rolling Aces and Stentorian.
Rolling Aces can strike for Paul Nicholls in the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton on Saturday.
The seven-year-old makes plenty of appeal as a lightly-raced improver who looks to have had this £100,000 handicap as a target since scoring at Wincanton on Boxing Day.
As a winning ex-pointer, chasing was always go to be his long-term target and he has been brought along slowly, opening his account at Newbury early in December over a trip probably shorter than ideal.
It is to his credit he could then win at Wincanton over two-miles-five, although heavy ground made it more of a test as he saw off Opening Batsman.
Harry Fry's horse reopposes on better terms but three miles over fences for the first time under Rules should play to the strengths of the Nicholls runner, who will not be inconvenienced by a better surface.
Star of the show on a good card at Lingfield is Planteur, who warms for a trip to Dubai in the Blue Square Bet Winter Derby Trial over 10 furlongs of the Polytrack.
Now a six-year-old, the Danehill Dancer entire has mixed it in high-class company for most of his life, finishing a tremendous third in the Dubai World Cup last March, on what was his first outing for Newmarket-based trainer Marco Botti.
He so nearly bagged the second Group One of his career next time out at Longchamp and wound up his campaign when seventh to Frankel at York.
He will not be at a peak for this Listed event but should not need to be.
York Glory is held in high regard and can take a firm step to justifying his home reputation in the Bluesquare.com Cleves Stakes.
Last year on turf did not really pan out, but it is interesting he has a dirt pedigree and he bagged a couple of wins in November, at this track and at Wolverhampton.
Returning at Wolverhampton at the beginning of this month he was beaten at odds-on, having moved with real purpose throughout.
So well was he going, however, that, in hindsight, Franny Norton might have committed too soon and he was just run out of it.
Stable jockey Phillip Makin is back on board and victory at this sort of level will open plenty of opportunities in the next few weeks as the winter season hits top gear.
The first-time booking of George Baker for Stentorian in the Enough Said, Just Bet At Bluesq.com Handicap looks ideal as Gary Moore's charge chases a hat-trick of Lingfield wins.
The application of a visor has had a galvanising effect on the five-year-old, who was useful in his days with Mark Johnston.
His style of racing from the rear is perfectly suited to Baker, who has few peers at the Surrey circuit.
Cool Operator is well equipped to take on what will be a demanding assignment in the Betfred Eider at Newcastle.
Heavy ground is assured but that is unlikely to deter Philip Kirby's 10-year-old, who now looks like he thrives on a real test of stamina.
Faced with a trip in excess of three miles for the first time at Carlisle in December he gave the definite impression he positively relished it, powering clear to defy an 8lb rise for a Uttoxeter win well advertised since by runner-up Rigadin De Beauchene.
Well thought of as a young horse when trained by Howard Johnson, and even running in the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham, he looks to be thriving with Kirby, who is making a name for himself as an up-and-coming handler.
He has a further 8lb hike in the weights to deal with but this four miles could quite feasibly see further improvement.
Doeslessthanme will hopefully prove a cut above in the Rifles Handicap Chase Supported By Knight Frank (For the Bombay Hunt Cup) at Chepstow.
An excellent second to Wishfull Thinking at Cheltenham in November, everything suggests this is his best trip and he is just 3lb higher than when winning at Ayr in April.