Keep it in the family with Cousin Khee

  • By: Nick Grant
  • Last Updated: February 1 2013, 16:43 GMT

Nick Grant says that Cousin Khee is the interesting one in the Sharpthorne Maiden Stakes at Lingfield on Friday.

Hughie Morrison: Trains Cousin Khee

CATTERICK: 1.10 Akarshan, 1.40 Hidden Justice, 2.10 Highrate, 2.45 Tell Me Y, 3.20 Special Catch, 3.55 Ros Castle, 4.30 Flemens Pride.

DUNDALK: 6.20 Knock Stars, 6.50 Raise The Beat, 7.20 Typhoon Lily, 7.50 Atlas Peak, 8.20 Zeftan, 8.50 Alvar, 9.20 Fairylike.

LINGFIELD: 12.30 Hardy Red, 1.00 Galiotto, 1.30 Gebayl, 2.00 Summer Sun, 2.35 Mary's Pet, 3.10 COUSIN KHEE (NAP), 3.45 King George River, 4.20 Foxhaven.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.50 Malindi, 5.25 Royal Sea, 6.00 Miami Gator, 6.30 Aryal, 7.00 Piscean, 7.30 Desert Strike, 8.00 Shearian,

DOUBLE: Cousin Khee and King George River.

Cousin Khee is the interesting one in the Sharpthorne Maiden Stakes at Lingfield with George Baker booked.

Trained by Hughie Morrison, the six-year-old remains quite a decent prospect over hurdles having proved very capable in bumpers, particularly on the all-weather.

Eighth in the 2011 Champion bumper and conqueror of the useful Ericht in a novice hurdle in January last year, two of his last three starts have been in 'jumpers' bumpers' on Polytrack.

He has won both, one at Kempton and one here, doing it very easily each time.

This is a different proposition, of course, but he is a talented individual, is race sharp and loves the surface.

The presence of top all-weather rider Baker is also a real positive.

Quite a few can be given a chance in the Blue Square Bet Handicap with preference just about for King George River.

A 34,000 guineas purchase from Tattersalls out of the Aidan O'Brien stable, the Danehill Dancer colt won his racecourse debut at Gowran before going off favourite for a Listed race at Tipperary.

He left O'Brien in October and on the evidence of his two runs for Alan Bailey, whose horses have been knocking on the door lately, is crying out for a step up in trip, which he gets here from a mile to a mile and a quarter.

Although he is not going to be making a serious impression on his Derby entry, Adam Kirby's mount does look more than capable of picking up a race or two and this mark of 82 is workable.

Mark Johnston's horses are in good form at present and Aryal should take all the beating in the Get Free Bets With Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Wolverhampton.

He was sent off 3-1 favourite in a 10-runner maiden at Lingfield in early January and while he could manage only third on his debut, he was only beaten a short-head and a head.

The John Gosden-trained runner-up has since come out and won impressively and it is only a matter of time before this son of Singspiel breaks his duck.

Tom Keddy's Piscean deserves his chance in the Poker At Conditions Stakes after hitting a rich vein of form.

He beat Woolfall Sovereign at the end of December and George Margarson's sprinter has obliged twice since.

Piscean has also gone close twice since then and obviously remains right at the top of his game.

John Quinn has a very strong squad of youngsters and his Hidden Justice should take all the beating in the BHEST Racing To School Juvenile Hurdle at Catterick.

Once-raced over timber, that was in similar conditions at Wetherby at Christmas and saw him trot up by 15 lengths, storming clear once he got the hang of things having been a bit sketchy early doors.

The horse who chased him home at Wetherby, Micky Hammond's Only Orsenfoolsies, has franked the form winning a decent contest by eight lengths.

Clearly a smart prospect, the Triumph Hurdle could well be on his radar come March.

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