Doldrums delight at Wolverhampton
Anita Chambers provides a tip for every race on Thursday and fancies Doldrums to win the last at Wolverhampton.
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AYR: 12.20 Fine Rightly, 12.50 Titus Bolt, 1.20 Kris Cross, 1.50 Arc Warrior, 2.20 Ros Castle, 2.50 One For Harry, 3.20 Calton Entry.
HUNTINGDON: 12.10 Arthur's Oak, 12.40 Flemi Two Toes, 1.10 Just Benny, 1.40 Ringa Bay, 2.10 Arkose, 2.40 Carole's Destrier, 3.10 ROUQUINE SAUVAGE (NAP), 3.40 River Deep.
SOUTHWELL: 12.30 Lexi's Hero, 1.00 Max The Machine, 1.30 Sofias Number One, 2.00 Hellbender, 2.30 Mucky Molly, 3.00 Acton Gold, 3.30 Capitol Gain.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 3.50 Argent Touch, 4.20 Layline, 4.50 Storey Hill, 5.20 Vale Of Clara, 5.50 Captain Myles, 6.20 Bogsnog, 6.50 Doldrums.
DOUBLE: Rouquine Sauvage and Sofias Number One.
Rouquine Sauvage can haul herself back into spotlight by taking Listed honours in a Huntingdon bumper.
Trainer Anthony Honeyball thinks a lot of this mare, who made a seamless racecourse introduction in a bumper at Fontwell in October.
Rouquine Sauvage absolutely dotted up under Rachael Green and could have been called the winner a long way from home.
Such a promising display saw powerful owner JP McManus step in, but his new recruit bombed badly back at Fontwell in November.
Rouquine Sauvage looked one-paced on the dash for home and could only manage second place behind Larks Rising, who has hardly done wonders for the form.
Be that as it may, it would be surprising if connections have overestimated her qualities quite so haphazardly.
Back against her own sex, she might be a little overpriced for the Huntingdon Racecourse/HBLB Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.
Flemi Two Toes looks the one in the 32Red Handicap Chase.
The Sarah Humphrey-trained gelding has made a satisfactory start to life over fences, and turned in quite a good display over this course and distance in December.
Equipped with a first-time visor, he stayed on purposefully for third spot in what was a reasonable novices' handicap chase.
Flemi Two Toes remains handily poised off a mark of 97 and might come into his own now the ground is even more demanding.
Arthur's Oak is a worthy ally in the 32Red Casino Novices' Hurdle.
Venetia Williams' runner has not been sighted since April, but the Herefordshire handler can be trusted to have him spot-on for his hurdling bow.
Arthur's Oak's one run to date, here in a bumper, was full of promise.
Although he ran green and was pinched for room, the gelding still gave Knock House, who has since done well over hurdles, a decent run for his money.
Arthur's Oak has a nice way about him and could carve out quite a profitable career if he progresses as might be expected.
One For Harry has shown he can handle testing conditions and that could prove crucial in the Non-Runner Free Bet Cheltenham 2014 At BetVictor.com Handicap Hurdle at Ayr.
The six-year-old has hit the bar on each of his three starts so far this term, going down by just a length at Uttoxeter last time.
That run came over three miles but he has proved just as capable over shorter trips in the past and his stamina will certainly be an asset with the ground set to be heavy.
Frankie's Promise must improve in the jumping department, but it is hardly a fanciful notion to anticipate a good display in the BetVictor Non-Runner Free Bet Cheltenham 2014 Maiden Hurdle.
Sofias Number One can usher in the new year by returning to the winner's enclosure at Southwell.
Trained in Nottinghamshire by the capable Roy Bowring, the gelded son of Silver Deputy was a big eyecatcher on his last outing, yet takes a distinct drop in class here.
Bowring's inmate runs in the Download The Ladbrokes App Claiming Stakes, for which he is favourably treated on the ratings, following a recent fourth-placed finish over this course and distance.
Sofias Number One may have been beaten four and a half lengths, but that perhaps does not tell the full story.
Despite having been caught for speed early on, Mark Coumbe's mount flew at the finish to suggest his time is near again.
That he has already won six times at Southwell must also be a defining factor when trying to make a case for a horse whose relatively high mark has probably convinced connections to give it a go at such a humble grade.
Max The Machine is shortlisted ahead of the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.
Derek Shaw's sprinter broke his maiden at the 11th attempt here last October, but had looked hamstrung by the assessor in two subsequent runs.
That did not appear that case back over course and distance in December, though, as he only succumbed to Quality Art by a short head.
The form probably does not account to much, but the reapplication of a visor clearly had a galvanising effect on the son of Intikhab.
Max The Machine has gone up another couple of pounds for this assignment, but Shaw has opted to stick with the headgear now he has seemingly rediscovered his mojo.
Layline has often flattered to deceive, but trainer Gay Kelleway must be fairly optimistic of a good show from her charge at Wolverhampton.
The highly-tried gelding has emerged a little more adept on an all-weather surface than on the turf and was not beaten too far over a mile and a half at Southwell last time.
Layline is seemingly all about stamina these days, though, so that trip could have been a shade too sharp.
Back over an extended two miles - the distance at which he won here in November - he should go close off 3lb higher in the 32Red Handicap.
Vale Of Clara is respected in the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap.
Nothing was finishing quicker than Peter Niven's mare at Southwell in December when she took third spot in a fair handicap.
The daughter of Iffraaj was still admittedly well beaten that day, but there is quiet cause for hope that a lowly mark of 50 can be exploited in what looks a pretty ordinary event.