SEDGEFIELD: 12.15 Recoup, 12.50 Onestepatatime, 1.20 Harper Valley, 1.50 Guillaume, 2.20 Mr Rumbalicious, 2.50 Zuckerberg, 3.20 Diamond Geezer.
SOUTHWELL: 12.40 Fazayte, 1.10 Eurkash, 1.40 Just Lucky Sivola, 2.10 Mountain Leopard, 2.40 TELEPATHIQUE (NAP), 3.10 Sarsen, 3.40 God’s Own Getaway.
TRAMORE: 12.30 Jolie Coeur Allen, 1.00 Banprionsa, 1.30 C’est Rien, 2.00 Kiln Time, 2.30 Wee Charlie, 3.00 Kings Halo, 3.30 Where’s My Jet.
DOUBLE: Telepathique and Zuckerberg.
A drop in grade should help Telepathique get off the mark over timber in the Racing Specials Every Day At PlanetSportBet Mares’ Maiden Hurdle at Southwell.
Trained by Lucy Wadham, the five-year-old looked a fair recruit last term when finishing fourth on her bumper debut before quickly adding a victory to her CV when winning at Warwick.
She did not make life easy on either start by taking a keen hold and that same eager attitude was certainly not helpful when upped to Grade Two company at Aintree, where she ran as her 100/1 starting price suggested she would.
Telepathique was again sent off at long odds for her hurdles bow at Newbury earlier in the month and while she was beaten 15 lengths by Manimole as a 50/1 shot in a better event than this, there was plenty to like about the way she stayed on after racing with much more restraint.
The Telescope filly is entitled to improve for the outing and this could be her moment to shine.
Mountain Leopard ran well over two and a half miles here back in May, but an extended three-mile trip in the Bet & Watch At planetsportbet.com Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle could be more to his liking.
The eight-year-old has not seen much action for a horse of his age, with this just his 11th overall start, but he seems to have a measure of ability judged on the fact he has won once and made the frame on five other occasions.
He was outpaced at the finish last time and while his previous effort over three miles and a furlong at Hereford in January yielded only a sixth place, he was staying on at the finish, so the trip did not appear to be the issue and he is actually racing off a 2lb lower mark now.
Fazayte could still be ahead of the handicapper as he tries to bring up his hat-trick in the planetsportbet.com Handicap Chase.
Ryan Potter has mixed fences and hurdles with this eight-year-old to good effect, with Fazayte scoring over the smaller obstacles at Market Rasen in September before following up in chase company just under two weeks ago.
With winning margins of a short head and three-quarters of a length respectively, the handicapper has been restricted in his actions and Fazayte is only 8lb higher for those two victories.
Harper Valley is the choice in the Neil “Rip” Kirby Memorial Handicap Hurdle at Sedgefield.
He came good at the fourth attempt for Rebecca Menzies in May, fending off a stablemate to win at Hexham despite getting tight for room at one stage.
Harper Valley did not appear all out in victory and connections could make hay off a rating of 105.
A lacklustre leap at the final fence cost Zuckerberg dearly at this track at the start of the month, but compensation awaits in the Over 60 Betting Sites At Bettingsites.Ltd.UK Handicap Chase.
Jennie Candlish’s charge looked a likely winner from a long way out over just short of two and a half miles, but a ponderous clearance at the last allowed Tom Creen to swoop in and grab victory by just under two lengths.
Given how well Zuckerberg had been going before it fell apart late on, he is worth sticking with now he has a run under his belt.
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