Howard's to have his way
Chris Wilson says Howard's Legacy holds the key to the Rutland Water Novices' Chase at Leicester on Tuesday.
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CATTERICK: 2.20 Stormy Morning, 2.50 Pollystone, 3.20 Rapidolyte De Ladalka, 3.50 Buthelezi, 4.20 Overafrica, 4.50 Suprise Vendor, 5.20 Fair Loch.
LEICESTER: 2.30 Be My Deputy, 3.00 Nom De Guerre, 3.30 Sawpit Supreme, 4.00 HOWARD'S LEGACY (NAP), 4.30 Robin Will, 5.00 Refusal.
LINGFIELD: 2.10 Flying Tempo, 2.40 Entrapping, 3.10 Amber Moon, 3.40 Mack's Sister, 4.10 Botteen, 4.40 Star Of Rohm, 5.10 Beat Route.
DOUBLE: Howard's Legacy and Sawpit Supreme.
Howard's Legacy perhaps holds the key to the Rutland Water Novices' Chase at Leicester.
Venetia Williams' inmate was a fair hurdler, winning once from five starts, but always had the look of an embryonic chaser.
That certainly looked the case when he was victorious on his fencing bow at Ffos Las in November, after which he was unable to consolidate upon that with two inauspicious efforts at Newbury and Ludlow.
It was a different story at Wincanton last month, however, as he jumped fluently in a two-mile-five-furlong handicap chase to get within a length and a half of Opening Batsman.
The form needs little advertising as the winner that day landed the Grade Three Racing Plus Chase at the weekend.
Howard's Legacy is almost certainly not of that stamp of animal, but he must be reasonably well thought of by Williams, who has him well entered at the Cheltenham Festival.
A return to novice company, allied to a slightly longer trip, should do it for him here.
Sawpit Supreme can make short shrift of a 7lb penalty by winning the Captain Machell Handicap Chase.
David Bridgwater's 11-year-old mare is riding high in the autumn of her career, and was an especially pleasing winner of a tight handicap chase at Market Rasen last weekend.
She has already shown up well at Leicester this winter, when second behind the well-regarded Arthur's Pass in December, and connections are keen to make hay before the assessor gets busy.
Rapidolyte De Ladalka can knock off a third course-and-distance verdict in the Watt Fences Novices' Chase at Catterick.
It has hardly been plain-sailing for this eight-year-old, who has only been seen four times on a racecourse under Rules, but he is clearly not short of ability.
The Simon Shirley-Beavan-trained gelding did not look entirely straightforward here last week, but his response once Barry Keniry got serious yielded a nine-length defeat of Dannanceys Hill.
Rapidolyte De Ladalka is not a particularly quick horse, but he has bags of stamina and the right constitution to overcome an 8lb rise.
A return to a mile and a quarter can help Flying Tempo back into the winner's enclosure at Lingfield.
Ed Dunlop's colt found eight furlongs too sharp at at this track last time out but should be in a far happier place in the Lingfield Park Owners Group Apprentice Handicap.
The three-year-old has made decent progress on the all-weather since he went handicapping, and was a particularly determined winner over this trip at Wolverhampton in January.
The form from that success is pretty watertight, too, as the third home, Darkest Night, went on to win his next two races, which included a defeat of Flying Tempo in a one-mile handicap at Lingfield.
Dunlop's charge only really hit his stride when it was too late on that occasion, so it is hardly a seismic shock to see him step back up in trip here.
With the capable Ashley Morgan at the helm, Flying Tempo should still have a bit left in the tank off his new mark of 58.
Beat Route is taken to end Broxbourne's hot run of form in the lingfieldpark.co.uk Handicap.
The latter will be all the rage for this contest over two miles after having won her last three races.
But Broxbourne is now 21lb higher than when she kicked off her winning spree, which could leave the door slightly ajar for Beat Route.
Michael Attwater's six-year-old is just 2lb higher than when successful here last October, and shaped with plenty of promise on his first stab over two miles over this course and distance in January.
Beat Route encountered an awful amount of trouble in running to finish third, beaten just a length by the winner, and is clearly in his element over marathon trips.