Philip Hobbs applies cheekpieces to a handicap chaser at Wincanton on Wednesday and Matt Brocklebank thinks the move can pay dividends.
Sporting Life Daily Nap: February 26
KAYF ADVENTURE looks to have plenty in his favour returning to Wincanton on Wednesday for the Buy Your Building Materials From CRS Handicap Chase.
It's a course he knows well with a career record of 212 at the Somerset venue and that win was his most recent career success, coming in a course and distance handicap chase in January 2018 from an official mark of 133.
He's come back down from 139 to a current perch of 132 so is clearly fairly treated again and he should find this contest a little more to his liking than the quite decent company he's been keeping so far this season.
He's not been completely disgraced at Chepstow and Ascot around the turn of the year and he should be more at home giving weight to supposedly lesser rivals.
It's also fairly significant that Philip Hobbs reaches for the cheekpieces on this occasion. The trainer has a very respectable record when applying the headgear for the first time (16/87 at 18.39% in handicaps only) and they might just help eke out that little extra from the nine-year-old Kayf Adventure.
Sporting Life Daily Nap: February 27
Ben Linfoot likes the look of one from the Twiston-Davies team at Ludlow on Thursday for the Sporting Life Daily Nap.
Nigel Twiston-Davies' THE NEWEST ONE is worth backing on handicap debut in the "Fearless",The Tim Brookshaw Story, Launches Today "National Hunt" Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Ludlow on Thursday.
A close relative to stable legend The New One, The Newest One has yet to hint he's in the class of his three-parts brother, but he has displayed enough to warrant an interest in him now he steps up in trip on his handicap debut off a lowly mark.
After three qualifying runs over hurdles he's attained a rating of 117 and on the pick of his form, a close-up third at Haydock in December, he could be dangerous off that mark.
Crucially he looks to have been learning on the job. He seems to be settling better judging by his run in very heavy ground at Sandown last time and that gives him a good chance of seeing out the trip at Ludlow.
Better ground might be ideal for him going forward, but backing him on his handicap debut is difficult to resist as he's had the look of a project for this sphere on his last couple of outings.