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Timeform Eyecatcher: Friday

SPLIT ELEVENS

Second, 7f handicap, Lingfield, Friday 28 January

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A low-grade apprentice handicap in which they finished in a heap despite the eventual third setting a sound gallop, while the winner was up in the van for much of the race. It is therefore worth marking up the effort of Split Elevens, who still had plenty to do entering the straight but finished with a real flourish.

Split Elevens arrived in form having already won back-to-back handicaps at Chelmsford and over this course and distance this month, and he shaped as though still in top form with first-time blinkers replacing a visor, briefly having to wait for room around a furlong out which arguably cost him the race given the margins involved.

He will remain a horse to be interested in at this level and seems sure to launch another bold bid next time.

Timeform Eyecatcher: Thursday

WHERE'S HECTOR

Second, 2m novices' hurdle, Wetherby, Thursday 27 January

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This novices' hurdle was won in facile fashion by the Dan Skelton-trained Sholokjack who maintained his unbeaten record under Rules and looks an above-average prospect, but there was plenty to like about the performance of Where's Hector who stayed on well for second.

He attracted good support throughout the day and just before the off, but shaped like a horse who will be seen to better effect once moving up in trip. He bumped into another good prospect on his previous start at Catterick, so his run of seconds isn't a concern, and there doesn't appear to be anything wrong with his attitude.

Where's Hector is well up to winning a similar event in the North back up in trip and isn't one to give up on yet.

Timeform Eyecatcher: Wednesday

PSYCHE

Second, 1m5f amateur jockeys' handicap, Lingfield, Wednesday 26 January

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Psyche had to settle for second at Lingfield on Wednesday but he was arguably unlucky not to win having been shuffled back at a crucial point.

Things got a bit messy in this amateur handicap as the steady pace lifted approaching the turn for home and Psyche was one of those affected, forced to switch and make his challenge out wide.

He stayed on well when in the clear, though, getting to within a neck of the winner. He'd also caught the eye over an inadequate trip at this venue a couple of weeks ago and he is shaping like he's ready to cash in on a falling mark.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Tuesday

NOBLE MARK

Fourth, 7f maiden, Lingfield, Tuesday 25 January

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Noble Mark failed to take a step forward on his promising runner-up effort at Chelmsford last week, running to just a similar level in fourth here, but he can have his effort marked up slightly as he was forced very wide on the turn for home.

It's worth noting that it was Noble Mark's third start in the space of a month, so it would be little surprise were he to prove a different proposition if given a break and sent handicapping.

A step up in trip is also likely to bring about some improvement as Noble Mark has plenty of stamina in his pedigree - his dam is a sister to two-mile winner Volcanic Sky - and trainer Sir Mark Prescott excels with such types.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Monday

ANNAF

Second, 6f conditions stakes, Kempton, Monday 24 January

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It usually takes a useful effort to win this minor event and it was a similar story this year, Kaboo continuing his rise up the all-weather spring ladder in emphatic fashion, and a return to listed or minor pattern company for him is on the cards very soon.

However, it is the runner-up, Annaf, who looks the horse to take away from the race. He created a good impression when making a winning debut at Newcastle earlier this month, running green once hitting the front but always doing enough, and he improved as expected pitched into deeper waters here.

Annaf still looked in need of the experience, though, seeing his race out well given he raced three wide round the bend and didn't settle as well as he might have in the first half of the race. He was no match for the winner, but he stayed on in the manner of a horse that will be suited by a step up in trip next time, and there should be plenty more to come from him.


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