Catching Pigeons: Gossip and tips from the gallops

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O O Seven is fancied at Doncaster and our Catching Pigeons insider has all the best bets ahead of another busy weekend.

O O Seven (3.20 Doncaster)

1
911-12OR: 147D
11/8
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O O Seven is fancied to land an overdue success on his reappearance in the bet365 Handicap Chase at Doncaster on Saturday. Nicky Henderson has had his share of frustrations with the talented gelding and has not been able to source a win since he struck at Huntingdon nearly two years ago. However, he was forced to run on very unsuitable ground for much of last term, and if he can reproduce the form of his comeback effort in a valuable event at Newbury last season off this 5lb lower mark, he should take all the beating. His preparatory work has gone very well, and this relatively flat galloping course will play to his strengths.

Fret D’Estruval (12.10 Cheltenham)

2
411-5OR: -D
6/1
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Fret D’Estruval has been the subject of encouraging reports from Barbary Castle, and he can make a winning British debut in the JCB Triumph Hurdle. Owners Simon Munir And Isaac Souede have a very sound supply of juveniles year on year and this highly-talented member of their very strong team in France will be looking to add to his two wins in the Provinces in the late summer. He has pleased Alan King since his arrival, and hopes are high he can cope with this high quality level of opposition. Make a note also of Dan Skelton's French import Protektorat. He has also been working very well.

Rather Ber (1.55 Cheltenham)

3
810-11OR: 149
7/2
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Full Glass has a sound each-way chance for the Fret D’Estruval connections on his second outing since his arrival from across the Channel in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, but he may have to give best to O O Seven’s stablemate Rather Be after his unlucky effort on this course last month. Jeremiah McGrath still had a ton of horse under him when he was brought down at the top of the hill, and connections believe he has progressed from the outing. Provided he does not remember what was a heavy spill, he should be able to compensate both for that setback, and his close second to Mister Whitaker in the novices' handicap at the Cheltenham Festival here in March.

Ok Corral (12.45 Cheltenham)

6
911-0OR: 147D
9/4
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Ok Corral was not far off the best staying novice hurdlers last season, and he should make a winning debut over fences in the Ryman Novices' Chase. He finished in front of his much vaunted stablemate Santini when second to Kilbricken Storm in the three mile Novice at the Festival here in March, and his build suggests he should be even more effective over the larger obstacles.

Summerville Boy (3.05 Cheltenham)

4
711-3OR: 156CD
9/2
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Summerville Boy never really travelled from the outset on his eagerly-awaited clash with Buveur D’Air and Samcro at Newcastle two weeks ago, but he stays much closer to home for his second appearance in the Unibet International Hurdle, and he looks worth another chance. He remains a front-line contender for the top hurdle races after his excellent win in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle in March, and this looks a weak renewal of this Grade Two event.

Ratoute Yutty (3.40 Cheltenham)

9
610-10OR: 122
5/2
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Ratoute Yutty can take advantage of her lightweight in the OLBG Mares' Handicap Hurdle. Arguably, the most unexposed runner in this field, she ended her career in Ireland with an easy win a year ago, and ran a fine race on her debut for Dan Skelton behind the smart Didtheyleaveuoutto at Ascot last month. She pleased at home since, and should handle the step up in trip.

Jurby (1.45 Hereford)

3
911-0OR: 127D
3/1
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Jurby hails from the in-form Oliver Sherwood stable and he could give likely favourite Style De Garde something to think about in the Jump Into a George Smith Horsebox Novices Chase at Hereford. Connections chose this course for his fencing bow last month, and he produced a solid effort on ground faster than he would prefer to finish third in what looked a decent contest. Underfoot conditions should be easier here, and the forecast rain on Saturday morning will further aid his cause.

Young Wolf (12.35 Hereford)

15
610-12OR: -
9/4
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Young Wolf, a full brother to the very smart, but ill-fated Neon Wolf, has shown enough in his two outings so far to suggest a big run in the One Day Discount On A George Smith Horsebox Novices' Hurdle. A good second in a decent bumper at Leopardstown last Christmas, he shaped well on his debut for Jonjo O’Neill over hurdles at Uttoxeter last month, and gets plenty of weight from his biggest danger, Star Of Lanka.

Dalaman (12.40 Southwell)

4
811-12OR: 110D
12/1
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Dalaman improved steadily over hurdles last season and he can put his fencing career back on course in the Mintbet.com Handicap Chase at Southwell on Sunday. His supporters soon knew their fate when he fell at his first appearance after being hampered on his debut over the larger obstacles at Chepstow last month, but he remains well handicapped, and has the considerable talents of Noel Fehily to guide him around these relatively easy fences.

Tiger Eye (8.15 Wolverhampton)

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5
49-0OR: -
10/11
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After all is said and done over the sticks in the afternoon it could be worth setting a reminder to catch Wolverhampton's Follow Sun Racing On Twitter Maiden which features the debut of Frankel filly Tiger Eye. A few of the Qatar Racing big-wigs were in Newmarket to oversee some of the preparation for James Fanshawe's three-year-old and she looks well drawn in stall five.

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