Viking can plunder Kempton spoils
Chris Wilson says Viking Storm can put the seal on an outstanding campaign by securing Listed honours at Kempton.
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CHEPSTOW: 1.00 Roger Beantown, 1.30 Sin Bin, 2.00 Love Of Tara, 2.30 Amuse Me, 3.05 Lady Bridget, 3.40 Royal Mile, 4.15 Edgevine
FAIRYHOUSE: 12.45 Grange Boy, 1.15 Silver Friend, 1.45 Tepalo, 2.15 Seefood, 2.50 Mister First, 3.20 Totally Couture
KEMPTON: 4.25 La Belle Doyenne, 4.55 Inthar, 5.25 Tarbawi, 5.55 Swift Bounty, 6.25 Celtic Charlie, 6.55 VIKING STORM (NAP), 7.25 Validus, 7.55 Taro Tywood
NOTTINGHAM: 12.10 El Dececy, 12.40 Tenancy, 1.10 Senator Bong, 1.40 Dashing Star, 2.10 Duroble Man, 2.40 Colonial, 3.15 Maven, 3.50 Pertuis
WARWICK: 12.50 Crescent Beach, 1.20 Full Ov Beans, 1.50 Golden Jubilee, 2.20 Cantlow, 2.55 Duke Of Monmouth, 3.30 Kilcascan, 4.05 Supreme Present
DOUBLE: Viking Storm and Tenancy
Viking Storm can put the seal on an outstanding campaign by securing Listed honours at Kempton.
Berkshire trainer Harry Dunlop should be very proud of his handling of this four-year-old, who has won four times from five starts in 2012.
Even better can be anticipated as he steps up to this level for the first time in the Congratulations Champion Jockey Richard Hughes Floodlit Stakes.
Certainly he is a worthy of a place in this line-up - especially when his informative winning form is factored into the equation.
The gelded son of Hurricane Run has defeated the likes of Biographer and Ittirad during his season-long purple patch, while his head success over Fattsota at Doncaster in September was especially satisfying.
Marco Botti's inmate has since sluiced to victory at Ascot before finishing sixth in the Group Three St Simon Stakes at Newbury.
The likes of Sequence, ridden by Hughes, and Modun are big dangers, but Viking Storm is still progressing and should be raring to go after a deserved autumnal mini-break.
Nottingham's mammoth eight-race card is not for the faint-hearted, but those who support Tenancy in division one of the Direct 365 Supporting Our Business World Handicap should at least be happy enough.
Shaun Harris' eight-year-old is not noted for his consistency, but he gave a clear sign he is back in the hunt when finishing second at Redcar late last month.
Although he was no match for Fama Mac last time out, Tenancy made light work of the heavy ground to get to within two lengths of the winner.
The ground was bottomless that day, so he should be in his element if conditions remain demanding at Colwick Park.
Significantly, Harris' representative races off a 3lb lower mark here is now better treated than when he was victorious over this five-furlong trip at Beverley in June.
Full Ov Beans has every chance of getting back on the winning trail in the TurfTV Handicap Chase at Warwick.
The Michael Gates-trained eight-year-old was a winner at Worcester and Fakenham last month and would surely have completed a quickfire hat-trick but for suffering a heavy fall at the last fence at Stratford last time.
He is seemingly none the worse, turned out less than a fortnight later, and he should take plenty of beating.
It will also be interesting to see how Cantlow fares on his chasing bow.
JP McManus' new recruit did well over hurdles - his third in the Pertemps at the Cheltenham Festival being the highlight - but has always had the look of a chaser.
Paul Webber must have high hopes in the Colliers Reduce Empty Business Rates Novices' Chase over two miles.
Love Of Tara's season rather tapered off in the spring, but he is a fair tool on his day and should be followed at Chepstow.
Anything like the form he showed when finishing third in a Listed race at Sandown in January should put him bang in contention for the Discount Tyres Handicap Hurdle.
Something was clearly amiss with Amuse Me at Kempton last time, but he can set the record straight in the Mending Broken Hearts Handicap Chase.