Plump for Pettifour

  • By: Chris Wilson
  • Last Updated: January 5 2013, 15:53 GMT

Chris Wilson has a tip for every race taking place in the UK and Ireland on Sunday with his nap of the day coming at Plumpton.

Nigel Twiston-Davies: Trains Pettifour

NAAS: 12.35 Drumgooland, 1.05 Jenari, 1.35 Champagne Fever, 2.05 Quiet Thought, 2.35 Our Girl Salley, 3.05 William Wordsworth, 3.35 Grecian Tiger.

PLUMPTON: 12.55 Mister Newby, 1.25 Vulcanite, 1.55 Abruzzi, 2.25 Marble Walk, 2.55 PETTIFOUR (NAP), 3.30 Join The Navy, 4.00 Little Roxy

WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.45 Nafa, 2.15 Follow The Flag, 2.45 Neige D'Antan, 3.20 Jordaura, 3.50 Rene Mathis, 4.20 Gabrial's Gift, 4.50 Kai, 5.20 Putin

DOUBLE: Pettifour and Abruzzi

Pettifour seems well enough treated on his best form to expect a big show in the At The Races Sussex National at Plumpton on Sunday.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained 11-year-old has not won since November 2009, but he did enough on his last outing at Haydock two months ago to warrant support here.

Pettifour was given a patient ride by Sam Twiston-Davies on Merseyside before slowly edging into contention.

Although he stayed on with purpose, the Naunton raider was well held by the main players and finished fifth of 15 runners.

Connections must surely have been satisfied by that effort, though, as it was his first start since May.

The handicapper has, importantly, also left him alone off a mark of 120.

Pettifour had been rated as highly as 160 over hurdles in his pomp, so that fact should not go unnoticed by those seeking a spot of value in what is always a difficult conundrum to solve.

The prospect of drying ground can also be considered another boon.

Abruzzi caught most people unawares at Towcester, but it would come as less of a surprise if he doubles up in the attheraces.com & British Stallion Studs EBF ''National Hunt'' Novices'Hurdle.

Tom Symonds' five-year-old was an 18-1 scorer in a tight novices' hurdle in December, despite having looked badly outpaced for a long way.

The manner in which he picked up towards the finish to beat Up To Something by nearly three lengths has clearly influenced the decision to step him up in trip here.

Vulcanite can uphold form with Salden Licht in the ATR Novices' Chase.

Charlie Longsdon's six-year-old won well on his chasing debut at Hereford, where fellow fencing newcomer Salden Licht came home a creditable second after a long absence.

Although both horses are entitled to improve at the East Sussex circuit, Vulcanite arguably has the more attractive profile over fences, and certainly jumped better than his rival at Hereford.

Longsdon will be concerned by his representative's weighty burden for this assignment, of course, but thoughts will soon turn to Cheltenham if he does what is expected of him here.

Best bet on Wolverhampton's card could be Rene Mathis, who runs in the £50 Free Bet At coral.co.uk Handicap.

The three-year-old son of Monsieur Bond gained many new admirers over this course and distance late last month with a comprehensive two-length defeat of an odds-on favourite from William Haggas' yard.

He looks to have enough quality to overcome a mark of 79 on his first start in handicaps.


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