Take the Hint at Wolverhampton
The Paul Nicholls-trained Hinterland can score in the unlikely surroundings of Wolverhampton on Sunday.
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LEOPARDSTOWN: 12.25 Some Article, 12.55 Annie Oakley, 1.25 Pont Alexandre, 1.55 Hurricane Fly, 2.30 Crocus Bay, 3.05 Blackmail, 3.35 Rupert Lamb, 4.10 High Desert.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.35 Morito Du Berlais, 2.05 Mush Mir, 2.40 Cock Of The Rock, 3.15 KARAZHAN (NAP), 3.50 Rano Pano, 4.20 As I Am, 4.50 Hinterland.
DOUBLE: Karazhan and Hinterland.
Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson continue their battle for the trainers' title in the unlikely surroundings of Wolverhampton on Sunday.
Neither trainer is shy about making full use of the opportunities offered by the 'jumpers' bumpers' when the weather bites and Nicholls in particular appears to have some strong contenders at Dunstall Park.
Hinterland should take all the beating in the Horse Racing Free Bets At bookmakers.co.uk "Jumpers' Bumper" National Hunt Flat Race after some excellent performances so far this season.
A winner over hurdles at Chepstow back in October, Hinterland has finished second on each of his three chase starts to date.
He raced far too freely on the first occasion and was hardly disgraced when not beaten far at all by Captain Conan in a Sandown Grade One.
Hinterland was never at the races most recently, being well beaten by red-hot Arkle favourite Simonsig in Grade Two company on Boxing Day although there is hardly much disgrace in that.
Ruby Walsh was far from hard on him that day when it became clear he had no chance and Hinterland has obviously been pleasing his trainer as he is keen to get him on track.
The Ditcheat handler also has an a good chance in the opening Claim Free Bets Today At bookmakers.co.uk Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race with newcomer Morito Du Berlais.
Related to some fine French runners, the four-year-old gelding looks another classy recruit.
Henderson can level the score and make it two winners apiece with Karazhan leading the way in the £50 Free Bet At coral.co.uk "Jumpers' Bumper" National Hunt Flat Race.
Winner of a Bangor bumper in October, he followed up with a first hurdles win at Ludlow in November, triumphing by two and a quarter lengths in comfortable style.
He beat a fair yardstick in Zarzal that day and is potentially smart.
Henderson's Mush Mir is not quite so easy to assess but this quirky runner has shown a liking for these type of tests before.
Four times a winner on the all-weather during his days on the level, Mush Mir finished second in a jumpers' bumper last December, just getting run out of it close home.
Mush Mir takes his chance again in the coral.co.uk "Jumpers' Bumper" National Hunt Flat Race and can strike gold for the Seven Barrows team.
Ambion Wood can defeat his two Venetia Williams-trained rivals in the chancelloroftheformchechecker Memorial Beginners' Chase at Fontwell.
Victor Dartnall's team have had their problems this year and Ambion Wood should strip fitter after turning in a lacklustre effort on New Year's Day.
In Ireland, it is impossible to oppose Hurricane Fly in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle as he targets a third successive win in the race.