Dun deal at Leicester
Chris Wilson says Dunlough Bay can add to his vast gains at Lingfield last time by winning the Fernie Novices' Hurdle at Leicester.
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CARLISLE: 12.40 Border Phoenix, 1.10 Granville Island, 1.40 Highland Rain, 2.15 My Boy Paddy, 2.45 Lifetime, 3.20 Livvy Inn
FAIRYHOUSE: 12.35 Our Conor, 1.05 Champagne Fever, 1.35 Dedigout, 2.05 Our Girl Salley, 2.40 Voler La Vedette, 3.10 Ardglen, 3.40 Outlander
KEMPTON: 1.30 Golanova, 2.00 Definitely Glad, 2.35 Makari, 3.05 Glenwood Present, 3.35 Five Rivers, 4.05 The Hollinwell
LEICESTER: 12.50 DUNLOUGH BAY (NAP), 1.20 Reaction, 1.50 Plum Pudding, 2.25 Tara Rose, 2.55 Thorncliffer, 3.30 Trip The Light
DOUBLE: Dunlough Bay and Glenwood Present
Dunlough Bay can add to his vast gains at Lingfield last time by winning the Fernie Novices' Hurdle at Leicester.
It was difficult not to have been impressed by Paul Webber's chestnut at the Surrey circuit as he routed a fair field by upwards of five lengths.
That victory backed up the favourable impression created at Wincanton on his hurdling debut at Worcester in October, when he finished second behind the Paul Nicholls-trained Wilton Milan.
Dunlough Bay, a former Irish point-to-pointer, is not yet quite the finished article, so Webber will be keen to carry on the good work in this two-and-a-half examination.
Although he is saddled with top weight, the six-year-old gelding is seemingly sharply on the upgrade, especially if the ground is not too demanding.
Glenwood Present can cash in on the hastily arranged decision to stage a 'jumpers' bumper' card at Kempton.
With a rash of recent abandonments compounded by a frosty forecast, the British Horseracing Authority acted on Wednesday by unveiling an all-weather Flat meeting for National Hunt horses.
Trainer Bob Buckler will have been more pleased about this than most as it represents a fair opportunity for Glenwood Present in the 32Red Casino "Jumpers' Bumper" National Hunt Flat Race.
The five-year-old chestnut may have been pulled up on his hurdling debut here in October, but Buckler must have seen something on the gallops to risk him in the Champion Bumper on his penultimate start.
Glenwood Present was also pulled up at the Cheltenham Festival, but it was his run before that which gives him a squeak back in Sunbury.
The winning Irish pointer was revitalised in a tongue-tie and kept up an honest gallop to finish third behind Tetlami and Hard To Swallow, who were both considered good enough to contest novice events at last year's Festival.
This does not look anything like the calibre of that hot affair, so a simple replication would give him every chance of getting his career back on track.
Golanova could earlier hold the key to the 32Red Casino Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race.
The Gary Moore-trained four-year-old hinted at ability on his debut in a Sandown bumper a couple of weeks ago when he finished fourth behind Wychwoods Brook, who looks decent.
Moore's representative unsurprisingly grew a little weary at the finish, but he made up enough ground three furlongs from home to suggest he might grown in stature with a run under his belt.
The Hollinwell has proven rather adept in these sort of races, and gets the nod in the 32RedBet.com "Jumpers' Bumper" National Hunt Flat Race.
Ferdy Murphy's nine-year-old finished runner-up in the Rehearsal Chase last November, but can never quite be relied upon to show a consistent level of form.
That is not the case in these sort of races, though, as he has has won two Southwell heats from as many starts on the all-weather.
Murphy had The Hollinwell entered in four races on this card, so he clearly must have thought long and hard before giving him the go-ahead for this weak-looking assignment.
Border Phoenix looks an interesting runner in the Malcolm Hopkinson Memorial Novices' Hurdle at Carlisle.
The Sandy Forster-trained five-year-old's efforts in an Ayr bumper on November 2 did not go unnoticed by many, and gave a firm indication he could be quite a nice hurdling prospect.
There is an excellent card at Fairyhouse, with Voler La Vedette fancied to banish bad memories of her Navan seasonal debut by winning back-to-back renewals of the Irish Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle.
The seriously exciting Champagne Fever can continue his ascent in the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle, while Dedigout is the shout in the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase.