Back Soll to shine
Anita Chambers previews all Saturday's action in the UK and Ireland, with Soll her fancy for the rescheduled Welsh National.
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CHEPSTOW: 12.25 Sin Bin, 1.00 Basil Fawlty, 1.35 Ruacana, 2.10 Cedre Bleu, 2.45 Tell Me Y, 3.20 Soll, 3.55 Bob Ford.
CORK: 12.10 Joxer, 12.40 Pacelli Road, 1.10 Clara Bel La, 1.45 The Blarney Rose, 2.20 Terminal, 2.55 Come To The Party, 3.30 Golden Rascal.
LINGFIELD: 11.50 Handheld, 12.20 Too Difficult, 12.50 Golden Flower, 1.25 Jonnie Skull, 2.00 George Fenton, 2.35 Farmleigh House, 3.10 Ancient Greece, 3.45 Stepturn.
NEWCASTLE: 12.05 Lady Of Verona, 12.35 Zaru, 1.05 One For Harry, 1.40 Boris The Blade, 2.15 Stormion, 2.50 Sam Patch, 3.25 Maison De Ville.
SANDOWN: 12.45 Kentford Grey Lady, 1.15 For Two, 1.50 William's Wishes, 2.25 Pendra, 3.00 Softsong, 3.40 Tartak.
WINCANTON: 12.55 High Ville, 1.30 The Druids Nephew, 2.05 Gevrey Chambertin, 2.40 Big Fella Thanks, 3.15 Sulpius, 3.50 Freckle Face.
DOUBLE: Soll and Pendra
Staying will be the name of the game at Chepstow on Saturday and Soll can demonstrate plenty of stamina by landing the feature Coral Welsh National.
The eight-year-old has been highly thought of by each of his three trainers with John Quinn handling him when he won his first race under Rules at Newcastle in January 2011.
He had just one run for Quinn before moving on to Willie Mullins' yard when he was beaten on his first outing over fences before coming good in style at the second time of asking.
Mullins felt he was good enough for a trip to the Festival after that run but his bid for glory in the National Hunt Chase came to a premature end when he was brought down at the 12th fence.
Soll has since been transferred to the care of Jo Hughes and he shaped with promise when eighth in the Hennessy, feeling the lack of a run against some classy rivals.
He clashes with a couple of them again here but Soll appeals as a relatively unexposed runner who can stay the marathon trip.
At Sandown, Pendra can make a swift leap up the ranks in the Grade One 32Red Hurdle, better known as the Tolworth.
The five-year-old has notched three wins in three career starts, winning twice at Plumpton since switching to hurdling at the start of this term.
He was merely workmanlike under a penalty on the latter occasion but remains a runner full of potential for trainer Charlie Longsdon.
Big Fella Thanks hit the bar when third in the Becher Chase last time but can go a couple of places better in Wincanton's Bathwick Tyres Handicap Chase.
One For Harry can also do the business in the Straightline Construction Handicap Hurdle at Newcastle.
Farmleigh House gets his first taste of British racing as he lines up in the lingfieldpark.co.uk Handicap at the Surrey venue on Saturday.
Trained by Willie Martin in County Wexford, Farmleigh House arrives in search of a third win on the bounce after victories on the Polytrack at Dundalk in both November and December.
The six-year-old defied an 8lb hike in the ratings on the latter occasion when he easily accounted for Knock Stars by a length and a half over six furlongs.
Given the ease of that success and his previous victory over Elusive Ridge, he is evidently quite a smart sort and probably better than those handicaps suggest.
Farmleigh House appears to face stronger company this time and while a further 8lb rise is far from ideal, he looks an improved horse at the top of his game so it would be no surprise if he were to overcome it.
Too Difficult should be good enough in the Hartfield Maiden Stakes for trainer Andrew Balding.
She missed the break completely on her racecourse bow at Yarmouth in October but knuckled down well to finish a close second off an admittedly slow pace.
This daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar is probably no world-beater, but this event should be about her level.