Celebrate with New Year's Eve
John Ferguson's New Year's Eve can win the Bromfield "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle at Ludlow on Wednesday, says Nick Grant.
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CARLISLE: 1.50 Plus Jamais, 2.20 Vulcanite, 2.55 Detour Ahead, 3.30 Papamoa, 4.05 GREEN FLAG (NAP), 4.35 On Broadway.
KEMPTON: 5.05 Red Ramesses, 5.35 Byrd In Hand, 6.05 Ada Lovelace, 6.35 Prom Dress, 7.05 Al Raqeeb, 7.35 Masaadr, 8.05 Fortrose Academy.
LUDLOW: 1.40 Priors Gold, 2.10 Preuty Boy, 2.40 New Year's Eve, 3.15 Mickie, 3.50 Valmari, 4.25 Prince Massini, 4.55 One Conemara.
SOUTHWELL: 1.30 Miami Gator, 2.00 Hittin'the Skids, 2.30 Little Dolly, 3.05 Bocamix, 3.40 Bold Marc, 4.15 Naalatt, 4.45 Entitlement.
DOUBLE: Green Flag and Massaadr.
New Year's Eve is the star name at Ludlow where he goes in the Bromfield "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle.
The John Ferguson-trained five-year-old was a high-class bumper performer, finishing second to Champagne Fever in the championship event at Cheltenham.
He made his debut over hurdles at Kempton on Boxing Day, and lost little in defeat in chasing home leading Supreme Novices' Hurdle fancy River Maigue on his first outing since Punchestown in April.
Ferguson's charge can be expected to come on considerably for both the run and the experience, and could yet again be a player at the Festival next month.
Vulcanite has a question or two to answer at the moment but anything like his best should be good enough in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Novices' Chase at Carlisle.
Green Flag is another likeable sort from the increasingly prominent yard of Lucinda Russell and should take the beating in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle.
Three from four over timber, he put in a cracking effort to defy a double penalty at Ayr last month and shapes as though he will relish this longer trip.
Interestingly, he holds an entry in the Albert Bartlett that the yard won last year.
Al Raqeeb is a strong fancy in the Time Ordered Cards In Racing Plus Handicap at Kempton.
The Marco Botti-trained Lawman colt was unraced as a two-year-old, but the patience of connections looks like being rewarded as he made a fair impression on his racecourse bow at Lingfield last month.
Always moving as though he would play a leading role, the response when his rider asked for an effort was quite striking and he strode out powerfully.
While the form is nothing to get too excited about, runner-up Pategonia has since occupied the same position, so it is reasonable enough in this context.
Botti could not be in better form and top all-weather pilot Adam Kirby takes over in the plate.
Al Raqeeb merits a confident nap vote in what is quite an interesting heat.
Prom Dress can get off the mark in the Betdaq Casino Games Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Trainer Robert Cowell could have sought a handicap option after three runs but has opted to stick to maidens and might well have found a winnable opportunity.
Her last run here was the best of her three and further improvement from that will see her in the shake-up, with Botti's Wakeup Little Suzy the danger.
Masaadr does move into handicaps and there might be something to work with in the Kempton For Weddings Handicap.
He has been nibbled at in the market on his last two starts, and his latest run was his most promising.
Stepping up to a mile and a half for the first time looks in his favour and the first-time booking of Kirby could be significant.
Roger Varian will have high hopes for Naalatt in the Bookmaker Reviews At bookmakers.co.uk Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Southwell.
The daughter of Dansili let down favourite-backers at Kempton on her last outing, but actually did little wrong in third behind newcomers from the Cecil and Stoute yards.
She might find the Fibresand of the Nottinghamshire venue playing to her strengths.