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Lancashire Telegraph racing column
7:56am Thursday 5th December 2013 in Sport
Triple Dream may be rising nine, but he seems better than ever and is fancied to strike gold at Wolverhampton.
Milton Bradley’s charge was a winner at Haydock in July but has hit the bar on his two most recent all-weather outings.
He was given a break over the summer, presumably for a winter campaign, and he made a fine start when beaten just under a length at Dunstall Park before rolling on to Lingfield where just a head separated him and Picansort.
Triple Dream stayed on well that day and was just undone by a real course specialist over the minimum trip.
The handicapper has seen fit to raise him 2lb for that effort but he has shown before that he is capable of winning off that kind of mark ahead of the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.
Branston De Soto makes the switch to handicap company after three fruitless maiden starts and that can prove an excellent decision.
Well beaten on his first couple of racecourse efforts, Mark Johnston’s inmate showed a bit more sparkle on his final start at that level, finishing second in a mile maiden at Nottingham.
He is clearly no world-beater but looks on a workable mark in the 32Red Nursery Handicap.
Golden Steps hails from the family of fine mare Beauty Is Truth and is worth supporting in the 32Red.com Maiden Stakes.
He cost a not inconsiderable 150,000 euro as a yearling and Marco Botti is more than capable of getting one ready first time out.
John Ferguson has a seemingly endless supply of ex-Flat horses to go to war with and Market Rasen entry Aalim is another such recruit.
A winner at Wolverhampton on his final start for Saeed bin Suroor last month, Aalim could really be anything having had only three runs on the level.
His displayed an excellent attitude when winning over a mile and a half at Dunstall Park and it would be no surprise to see him take a hand in the finish of the Watch Racing UK On Sky 432 Juvenile Hurdle.
A winner at Bangor in October, she was already beaten when she fell and perhaps suffered a bit of the “bounce” factor after her triumphant return following a long spell on the sidelines.
Captain Cutter should defy a winner’s penalty in the Expert Guide At marketrasenracecoursetips.co.uk Novices’ Hurdle.
Nicky Henderson’s six-year-old showed some quality form in the bumper sphere last season, winning a Listed prize at Ascot on his debut before placing behind Red Sherlock at the same track and Turnandgo at Punchestown.
A blip four flights from home aside, Captain Cutter did little wrong on his hurdling debut at Kempton a month ago, sweeping his rivals aside like an odds-on favourite should.
If he is going to make his mark in better company later in the season, he ought to make it two from two over obstacles in Lincolnshire.
Dr Richard Newland’s Young Hurricane gets the vote in the Emerald Green Feeds Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.
The seven-year-old was a decent enough sort over hurdles, but his fencing career got off to an inauspicious start when he failed to complete at Wetherby in February.
After a creditable run back over hurdles on his seasonal return at Wincanton, Young Hurricane switched back to the larger obstacles to win a shade cosily in the Lingfield mud.
A 6lb rise in the weights is unlikely to be enough to stop him going in again, especially with the incomparable Tony McCoy doing the steering.
Many of Henderson’s runners are improving for their initial racecourse appearance and an outing in a good bumper at Cheltenham can stand Mayfair Music in good stead as she starts over obstacles in the Golf Course Mares’ Maiden Hurdle at Wincanton.
An easy debut victory at Fakenham last spring proved the four-year-old has ability and there was absolutely nothing wrong with her comeback behind The Govaness at the Open meeting, where she stayed on nicely in fifth.
Mayfair Music should have it within herself to make a decent hurdling mare.
Lumpys Gold must be of interest for the Paul Nicholls stable as he heads for the Yeovil Town Football Club “National Hunt” Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.
This winning pointer was unfortunate to bump into a good one at the course last time in the shape of Swallowshide and he remains an unexposed prospect.
Shockingtimes unseated his rider very early at Ascot last time, but his wide-margin Southwell victory on his previous start suggested he was ahead of the handicapper.
Tthe Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Silver Buck Handicap Chase gives him the perfect opportunity to prove as much.
Mini Muck fell at the last on her most recent outing compensation awaits in Leicester’s Stonesby Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.
CLONMEL: 12.45 Pink Hat, 1.15 Drumlister, 1.45 Kick Start, 2.15 Teelin Star, 2.45 New Phase, 3.15 Goal, 3.45 Turnandgo.
LEICESTER: 1.00 Three Kingdoms, 1.30 Cygnet, 2.00 Drumlang, 2.30 Mini Muck, 3.00 Riddlestown, 3.30 Voltchesko.
MARKET RASEN: 12.20 Aalim, 12.50 Captain Cutter, 1.20 Young Hurricane, 1.50 Roseneath, 2.20 Shimla Dawn, 2.50 Formulation, 3.20 Degooch.
WINCANTON: 12.40 Red Seventy, 1.10 Mayfair Music, 1.40 Lumpys Gold, 2.10 Shockingtimes, 2.40 Mcvicar, 3.10 Plum Pudding, 3.40 Bostin.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 3.50 Prince Of Burma, 4.20 Solarmaite, 4.50 Branston De Soto, 5.20 Golden Steps, 5.50 Black Vale, 6.20 TRIPLE DREAM (NAP), 6.50 Give Us A Belle, 7.20 Befortyfour.
DOUBLE: Triple Dream and Aalim.
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