Expect an Epic display at Wolver

  • By: Nick Grant
  • Last Updated: December 14 2013, 14:15 GMT

Nick Grant fancies Epic Battle to complete a hat-trick in the feature at Wolverhampton - he has a tip for every race.

Epic Battle: Can land the feature at Wolverhampton
Epic Battle: Can land the feature at Wolverhampton

CHELTENHAM: 12.10 Tiger Roll, 12.40 Shutthefrontdoor, 1.15 French Opera, 1.50 Kings Palace, 2.25 ATTAGLANCE (NAP), 3.00 The New One, 3.35 Gemix.

DONCASTER: 11.55 Corkage, 12.25 Silver Eagle, 1.00 Dreamy George, 1.35 Runswick Royal, 2.05 Royal Irish Hussar, 2.40 Tahiti Pearl, 3.15 Night In Milan.

FAIRYHOUSE: 12.00 Powder Hound, 12.30 Upazo, 1.05 Akatara, 1.40 Cool Oscar, 2.15 Mozoltov, 2.50 Suntiep, 3.25 Klinnsman.

LINGFIELD: 12.15 Brave Vic, 12.50 Seventh Hussar, 1.25 Smart Money, 1.55 Black Thunder, 2.30 Kuilsriver, 3.05 Yellow Ball, 3.40 Dog Or Divorce.

SOUTHWELL: 12.05 George Benjamin, 12.35 Pravda Street, 1.10 Silly Billy, 1.45 Lady Knight, 2.20 Lesha, 2.55 Dan Emmett, 3.30 Dame Nellie Melba.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 6.20 Libra Romana, 6.50 Epic Battle, 7.20 Funky Munky, 7.50 Ex Ex, 8.20 Menelik, 8.50 Al's Memory, 9.20 Steelcut.

DOUBLE: Attaglance and The New One.

Attaglance can strike a blow for the north by winning the Stewart Family Thank You December Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Addington Boy was the last winner to hail from a northern yard when trained by the late Gordon Richards in 1996, although that could have changed in 2010 when Noble Alan was travelling like the winner for Richards' son, Nicky, only to fall three from home.

Attaglance arrives with better credentials than many to have made the trek down south, as he ran the perfect prep race for this when finishing fourth in the Paddy Power and picking up valuable prize money into the bargain.

His trainer Malcolm Jefferson just felt the ground was a little bit sticky that day, which hampered his jumping, but there should be no worries on that score this weekend.

Effectively running off the same mark as when beaten just six lengths by Johns Spirit, the seven-year-old still remains well handicapped on his hurdles form.

Jefferson eventually sees him as a three-miler and he was staying on strongly at the end of the Paddy Power so the fact this race is run on the stiffer New Course should see his stamina come into play.

The StanJames.com International Hurdle looks a match between The New One and Zarkandar and unfortunately for the latter he looks like coming out second best again, just as he did at Ascot behind Annie Power.

Zarkandar is a thoroughly likeable individual and outstayed The New One at Aintree over two and a half miles, but the return to a shorter trip should see Champion Hurdle favourite The New One turn the tables.

David Pipe's Kings Palace looked a very smart recruit when dotting up at the October meeting at this course and should take all the beating in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.

The five-year-old slammed Creepy by 18 lengths and that one has since come out and won a hot race at the Paddy Power meeting.

Pipe has kept his charge back for this and it looks a weaker contest than the one Creepy went on to win.

Shutthefrontdoor should run well in the Ryman Stationary Novices' Chase.

Jonjo O'Neill's six-year-old was fourth in the Pertemps Final behind Holywell in March and looks like taking higher order over fences.

Second to Le Bec in the hottest three-mile novice chase of the season to date, he can put that experience to good use and take advantage of a slight pull in the weights with his old rival.

Night In Milan remains capable of better over fences and a return to that sphere can see him back in front in the BetVictor Handicap Chase at Doncaster.

Keith Reveley ran him in the fixed brush hurdle at Haydock last time out chasing the big bucks but the seven-year-old was well beaten on ground softer than ideal.

His career-best display came when beaten a nose in this race last year behind Court By Surprise and he is just 6lb higher now.

Black Thunder looked like he would be taking high rank among the staying novice chasers when winning a good race at Haydock and he should take all the beating in the RSA Novices' Trial Chase at Lingfield.

Brian Ellison has enjoyed a tremendous 2013, highlighted by the exploits of Top Notch Tonto.

His Pravda Street might be competing at a much lower level in the Download The Ladbrokes App Selling Stakes at Southwell but small fish are still sweet.

A winner at the track eight days ago, he obviously goes well on the Fibresand and is well treated by the conditions of this race.

Ellison holds strong claims of a double as Silly Billy also goes well at the track and can defy top weight in the Ladbrokes Mobile Handicap.

John Quinn's Dan Emmett was a huge eyecatcher on his debut over the same course and distance of the Coral App Download From The App Store Maiden Stakes and will take a good deal of beating.

The Coral Mobile Handicap is the feature at Wolverhampton with £45,000 up for grabs and William Haggas' Epic Battle looks the one to be on.

The most lightly-raced runner in the field, he was forced to miss 12 months after slipping up on crossing the line when opening his account at Thirsk in Spetember 2012.

He returned to win at Lingfield last month and then followed up in a decent race at Wolverhampton two weeks later.

Obviously progressive, he is winning despite still looking green so there is more to come.

  • Posted at 1540 GMT on 12/12/2013.


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