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Renowned mudlark Bakbenscher can rattle off a swift double at Newbury on Saturday according to Chris Wilson.
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DONCASTER: 12.05 Kings Grey, 12.40 Madeira Girl, 1.15 Vendor, 1.50 Buxom, 2.25 Corkage, 2.55 Lie Forrit, 3.25 Dotties Dilema
KELSO: 12.20 Milano Magic, 12.50 Red Rocco, 1.25 Stormion, 1.55 Little Glenshee, 2.30 Super Ally, 3.00 Ros Castle, 3.30 Gymdoli
LEOPARDSTOWN: 12.25 Bangonform, 12.55 Sizing Gold, 1.30 Lord Windermere, 2.00 Hurricane Fly, 2.35 Dream Function, 3.05 Jetson, 3.35 Outlander
LIMERICK: 12.35 Time Please, 1.05 Caoimhe's Delight, 1.40 Jacks Island, 2.15 A Decent Excuse, 2.50 Fade In, 3.20 Dangan Daylight, 3.50 Castle Wings
NEWBURY: 12.30 Addiction, 1.00 Pistol, 1.35 Tenor Nivernais, 2.10 Pete The Feat, 2.45 Taquin Du Seuil, 3.15 BAKBENSCHER (NAP), 3.50 My Tent Or Yours
WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.05 Another Citizen, 2.40 Lady Calantha, 3.10 Christopher Chua, 3.40 Arabian Flight, 4.10 Misleading Promise, 4.40 Vimiero, 5.10 Back For Tea
DOUBLE: Bakbenscher and Taquin Du Seuil
Renowned mudlark Bakbenscher is a solid shout to rattle off a swift double in the Betfred Goals Galore Handicap Hurdle at Newbury.
Alan King's nine-year-old simply revels in the mud and has not been far away from winning in Graded class when conditions are loaded in his favour.
Although the tough grey has done well enough over fences, King kept him to hurdles this winter after he finished third in the Silver Trophy on his seasonal debut at Chepstow.
Bakbenscher justified his trainer's instincts at Haydock last week when he turned in a typically stout display to scoop a competitive handicap by three and a half lengths.
The handicapper has unsurprisingly taken action by raising him 8lb, but he is officially 2lb better off under a penalty for this assignment.
With that in mind, he should take some stopping given the unsettled forecast for the Berkshire region.
Newbury's feature, the Betfred Mobile Sports Challow Novices' Hurdle, does not look vintage, but those who choose to side with Taquin Du Seuil could feasibly be in clover.
The five-year-old - rated his best novice by Jonjo O'Neill - was really impressive at Sandown last time when he coasted six lengths clear in a Grade Two on heavy ground.
Taquin Du Seuil has pace and stamina in equal measure but is, perhaps crucially, open to limitless potential given he has only had three runs over hurdles.
The old adage of following sprinters in form could never be more appropriate than at Wolverhampton, where Another Citizen contests the 32Red Casino Handicap.
Tim Easterby's four-year-old gained deserved kudos following three second-placed finishes at Dunstall Park by winning a tight five-furlong handicap in November by three and a half lengths.
Another Citizen has gone up 6lb for that convincing victory, but it would be folly to dismiss his chances in light of his fine winter form.
Misleading Promise's chances in the £32 Bonus At 32Red.com Nursery are a little murkier, but he could conceivably hold the aces in this extended one-mile heat.
The two-year-old colt showed next to nothing in four starts earlier in the year, but was a different proposition in a reasonable Kempton nursery a couple of weeks ago.
John Butler's two-year-old stayed on with promise, despite looking a tad keen early doors, to finish third on his first start for 80 days.
Misleading Promise races here off a humble mark of 57, and should be far sharper this time.
Lie Forrit is rated 30lb below the mark he achieved over fences for the Blue Square Bet Handicap Chase at Doncaster.
While Willie Amos' charge has not recaptured his top-class form of a few years ago, he does hold most of his ability and testing conditions always brought out the best in him.
This may be the time to catch him right.
Red Rocco appears one of the more likelier sorts on show at Kelso.
The Donald McCain-trained five-year-old had shown a good level of form over hurdles, but has looked equally adept since his focus was aligned to chasing.
A good second on his fencing bow at Towcester was backed up by a highly accomplished two-length defeat of Fentara on heavy ground at Newcastle.
McCain is clearly intent on getting more experience into Red Rocco before stepping him up in class, so the Ashleybank Investments Reg & Betty Tweedie Novices' Chase seems a logical next port of call.
Leopardstown's feature, the Istabraq Festival Hurdle, represents another sound opportunity for Hurricane Fly.
The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old looked back to somewhere near his best in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown last month.
He can ably justify his short price and big billing by winning this Grade One over two miles for a second time in the last three years.