Mawhub to return to winning ways
Ashley Iveson previews Friday's meetings and fancies Mawhub to beat an exposed bunch at Wolverhampton in the evening.
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DUNDALK: 6.00 Dark Approach, 6.30 Like Magic, 7.00 My Good Brother, 7.30 Daft Dave, 8.00 Solar Heat, 8.30 She's A Queen, 9.00 Night Lily, 9.25 Fairmile.
FONTWELL: 1.10 Pod, 1.40 Glen Countess, 2.10 Quaddick Lake, 2.40 Venetian Lad, 3.10 Bobbie Magern, 3.40 Terra Bleu, 4.10 Hand On Bach.
HEXHAM: 1.00 Ockey De Neulliac, 1.30 Fightstar, 2.00 Goat Castle, 2.30 Jasperito, 3.00 Ashes House, 3.30 Panthers Run, 4.00 Billsgrey.
MUSSELBURGH: 12.50 Schelm, 1.20 Vosges, 1.50 Maybe I Wont, 2.20 Ifyouthinkso, 2.50 Grand Diamond, 3.20 Red Tanber, 3.50 Lord Usher.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.20 Half A Crown, 4.50 Tidal's Baby, 5.20 Far East, 5.50 Space Artist, 6.20 Elegant Muse, 6.50 Clapped, 7.20 MAWHUB (NAP), 7.50 Arch Walker.
DOUBLE: Far East and Mawhub
Following an encouraging display on his all-weather debut, Godolphin's Mawhub can get back on the winning trail in the 32Red Handicap at Wolverhampton.
The son of Singspiel had presumably been showing trainer Saeed bin Suroor something in his early homework as he was thrown straight into the notoriously tough Wood Ditton Stakes at Newmarket for his racecourse introduction.
While he failed to get seriously competitive, there was some promise in finishing in the midfield and it was no great surprise to see him get off the mark on the July course on his next appearance.
For whatever reason, he ran an absolute shocker on his handicap debut on the turf at Lingfield, but proved he was much better than that when beaten just a neck on his first start over a mile and a half at Kempton last month.
There is plenty of scope for further improvement from the three-year-old and he ought to go well off a mark of 80 against a bunch of largely exposed older horses.
Far East looks likely to go well in the second division of the 32Red Casino Maiden Stakes earlier on the card.
The Clive Cox-trained filly ran really well to fill the runner-up spot on her debut on turf at Lingfield in early September, but failed to build on that on the all-weather at Kempton last time.
That said, the form of that race is quite decent - with the runner-up bolting up since - and Far East could be suited by coming back from seven to six furlongs.
It is difficult to escape the claims of Venetian Lad as he aims to secure his fifth victory from 10 course starts in Fontwell's Neil Madgwick Memorial Handicap Chase.
It took the seven-year-old 16 attempts to finally get his head in front, but he has not looked back since that victory here in May.
While he failed to fire on his next start, he has since wracked up three more victories and his latest triumph a little over a fortnight ago suggested the handicapper may not have his measure just yet.
Hexham is one of Ferdy Murphy's favourite haunts and his Ockey De Neulliac is probably the best bet on their card in the Warden Selling Hurdle.
The 10-year-old is a pretty talented individual on his day, as his chase rating of 125 will testify, but bleeding issues have prevented him fulfilling his potential.
Due to his problems, Murphy has decided to campaign the gelding in a lesser grade over hurdles and it has proved a wise move.
The veteran ended a long losing streak in this race last year, went on to win a claimer at Wetherby, a handicap chase at Ayr and returned to Hexham to win on his seasonal return a month ago.
Young conditional rider John Winston seems to get a particularly good tune out of him and he looks bound to go well if his old problems do not resurface.
Bruce Mactaggart's pride and joy Red Tanber can make a winning return to action in the Buy Your 2013 Annual Members Badge Today Handicap Chase at Musselburgh.
The nine-year-old was one of the success stories on the northern circuit last season, rising rapidly through the weights after four victories at this track and a win at Kelso really put jockey Lucy Alexander on the map.
He unsurprisingly had his limitations exposed when thrown into top-class novice company at the Cheltenham Festival, but he showed that run had not knocked his enthusiasm one bit by rounding off an excellent campaign with a fine second at Ayr's Scottish Grand National meeting.
He will be harder to place this time around, but clearly loves Musselburgh and would undoubtedly be a popular winner with local racegoers.