Merchant has plenty to offer

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: December 8 2013, 16:15 GMT

Anita Chambers previews all of Monday's action in the UK and she fancies Merchant Of Dubai at Musselburgh.

Denis O'Regan: Rides Merchant Of Dubai
Denis O'Regan: Rides Merchant Of Dubai

LINGFIELD: 12.00 Special Miss, 12.30 Examiner, 1.00 Black Vale, 1.30 Gregori, 2.00 Complexity, 2.30 Rhamnus, 3.00 The Great Gabrial, 3.30 Uprise.

MUSSELBURGH: 12.15 Lord Of Drums, 12.45 Brunello, 1.15 Getabuzz, 1.45 Stitched In Time, 2.20 MERCHANT OF DUBAI (NAP), 2.50 More Equity, 3.20 Coinage.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.10 Itsnowcato, 2.40 Astral Rose, 3.10 Lacey, 3.40 Cape Of Hope, 4.10 Well Owd Mon, 4.40 Doldrums, 5.10 Jaladee.

DOUBLE: Merchant Of Dubai and Jaladee.

Merchant Of Dubai has not seen much action over obstacles lately but can make up for lost time in the 32Red.com Handicap Hurdle at Musselburgh.

The eight-year-old had a mild flirtation with a National Hunt career back in 2011, placing on two hurdles starts for Jim Goldie , but he has been kept to that Flat in recent seasons.

Races such as the Northumberland Plate and Chester Cup have been on his agenda although it took a dip in class to see him break a long losing run when triumphant at Musselburgh back in June.

He has struggled to make an impact in the better quality events with his unplaced showing in the Cesarewitch underlining the fact that perhaps Merchant Of Dubai might be better off back in the winter game.

That view was borne out by a fair second on his return at this track last month, albeit some eight lengths adrift.

There was certainly enough encouragement to suggest it is worth persevering and the renewed experience of what hurdling is about should see him improve for that run.

Stitched In Time bounced back to form in style last time and lines up off the same mark in the 32RedPoker.com Handicap Hurdle.

The six-year-old had shown little in six previous outings but tried in a conditional jockeys' race, he made the majority of the running before pulling six lengths clear at the finish.

While that was only a moderate event, Stitched In Time can capitalise on his current favourable mark.

Rhamnus is worth one last chance in the Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap at Lingfield.

Slow starts have cost him any chance of victory in two starts this year, firstly at Doncaster and then at this track last month.

He finished a fair second to a subsequent Listed winner as a juvenile but has clearly had his problems since, not making his reappearance until November.

Richard Hannon's charge was entitled to be a bit ring rusty on Town Moor, but he had no such excuses at Lingfield when he again conceded valuable ground from the stalls.

He was eventually beaten just two and a half lengths in sixth in what was a decent event but given the strong pace from the off, Rhamnus never really had a chance to get back on terms.

The Hannon team will surely have been doing plenty of stalls drills and Rhamnus is not one to give up on yet.

The Great Gabrial can make it a course-and-distance double in the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap.

He defied a career-high mark to finish a length and three-quarters in front of Leonard Thomas and has to contend with a further rise for that success.

However, The Great Gabrial is clearly in fine heart and his 100% record at this track shows just how potent his turn of foot can be at the Surrey venue.

Jaladee's initial mark of 73 looks highly workable in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Wolverhampton.

He took three attempts to get off the mark but was heavily supported when winning a maiden event at this track last month.

Jaladee looked set for no more than a place on that occasion as he missed the break and had plenty of ground to make up, but he showed an excellent attitude to battle away in the dying strides for a narrow success.

That nose verdict made it hard for the handicapper to go too mad and Jaladee looks a horse whom connections can have a bit of fun with this winter.


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