Star Turn at Doncaster

  • By: Nick Grant
  • Last Updated: January 8 2013, 18:32 GMT

Overturn is back in action at Doncaster on Wednesday but our Nick Grant's nap of the day comes on the card at Lingfield.

Overturn: Chance to thrown down gauntlet to Festival rivals

DONCASTER: 12.40 Modernism, 1.10 St Gregory, 1.40 Soudain, 2.15 Overturn, 2.50 Saints And Sinners, 3.25 Grey Missile, 3.55 Lotus Pond.

FAIRYHOUSE: 12.15 Akatara, 12.45 Fahamore, 1.15 Zara, 1.45 Classic Event, 2.20 Forjoethepainter, 2.55 Dunroe Boy, 3.30 Pumped Up Kicks.

KEMPTON: 4.10 Vhujon, 4.40 Purple 'N Gold, 5.10 Roy's Legacy, 5.40 Two In The Pink, 6.10 Captain Kendall, 6.40 Shaunas Spirit, 7.10 Compton Target.

LINGFIELD: 12.30 One Way Or Another, 1.00 Six Of Clubs, 1.30 The Noble Ord, 2.05 HAAF A SIXPENCE (NAP), 2.40 Derwentwater, 3.15 Red Valerian, 3.45 Novabridge.

LUDLOW: 12.50 Sandanski, 1.20 City Press, 1.55 TIDAL WAY (NAP) 2.30 Combustible Lady, 3.05 Amoralist, 3.35 Kirkhammerton, 4.05 Little Pop.

DOUBLE: Tidal Way and Haaf A Sixpence.

Cheltenham Festival clues could be on offer at Doncaster on Wednesday as Overturn continues his education over fences in the 1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk Novices' Chase.

Horrendous weather since his winning chase debut has seen Donald McCain running out of opportunities to get fencing experience into his top-class gelding before the Arkle at Cheltenham in March.

But with the ground on Town Moor likely to be riding as good as anywhere in the country at the moment, midweek jumping fans are in for a treat.

Jason Maguire's hardest job at Sandown was keeping the exuberant nine-year-old in check but he negotiated the Railway fences there with aplomb and still finished full of running, despite being plenty keen enough early on.

Tidal Way is the choice in the 1871 Handicap Hurdle at Ludlow as he chases a hat-trick for trainer Charlie Longsdon.

A comfortable winner at Bangor in October, he then followed up with victory at Ludlow in November.

He had to work a bit harder on the latter occasion but raised just 2lb for his two-length verdict, Tidal Way is a horse on a steep upward curve.

Combustible Lady looks well worth a go over fences and will hopefully take the beating in the EBF/TBA Mares' Novices' Chase.

Quietly progressive for Seamus Mullins over hurdles, she is lightly raced and was thought good enough to have a tilt at a mares' Listed race in November.

Haaf A Sixpence looks primed to run a big race in the Blue Square Bet Handicap at Lingfield.

The Ralph Beckett-trained gelding had not been seen since stumbling rather badly and unseating his rider at Salisbury in May but returned with plenty of promise at Kempton early last month.

Lumbered widest of all in stall 14, the lightly-raced son of Haafhd was well in the shake-up until early exertions from that draw took a toll.

Granted a smooth run from here he might be one to be with on his next few runs and definitely looks capable of winning from this mark with that outing under his belt.

He has a little bit to do again with the draw but with only seven runners this time that should not be against him.

Anything John Gosden runs on the sand is worthy of respect and that is the case with Derwentwater in the Forest Row Handicap.

Only moderate by the stable's standards, and still a maiden, he nevertheless put up his best performance to date when second to Tilstarr over course and distance last week, beaten half a length.

The winner is going the right way in terms of this level, however, and the selection gave a good account as he did not have the best of runs.

Sensibly left alone by the handicapper, he can go close.

Neil Mulholland is better known for his exploits with jumpers, but has an admirable sort for the all-weather in Novabridge, who rarely runs a bad race and won with a bit in hand when last seen here.

In-form Adam Kirby has few peers around the Surrey circuit and maintains the partnership in the Enough Said, Just Bet At bluesq.com Mobile Handicap.

Vhujon gets the vote in the Free Entry Every Wednesday For Betdaq Members Handicap at Kempton.

Now with Peter Grayson, the once very speedy two-year-old has plummeted in the weights over recent months and went very close to breaking a long losing spell at Wolverhampton over six furlongs last time out.

Equally effective over the minimum trip, he should go close if in a similar mood.


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