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Lancashire Telegraph racing column
7:59am Thursday 12th December 2013 in Sport
Module made an excellent start to the campaign when going down by the narrowest of margins at Exeter and a repeat of that effort should see go very close in the Betfred Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon.
The six-year-old has had only a handful of starts to date but he has been mixing it with the likes of Colour Squadron, Aintree winner Rebel Rebellion and Benefficient among others.
Limited to one hurdles outing, Module won two of his four starts over fences last term, as well as finishing a fine fourth in the Jewson at Cheltenham on his final run of the campaign.
Tom George then pitched Module into the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter on his return and he was unlucky to lose out to Grade One winner Somersby by just a head after a costly slip and a slightly impeded passage earlier in the race.
Subsequent Betfair Chase winner Cue Card was back in third on that occasion and while Module was getting plenty of weight from his rivals, he looked sure to thrive when stepped back up to this two-and-a-half-mile trip.
Module gets a handy pull in the weights again here and as one of the least exposed in the field, he can show he is ready to step up to the big time.
Une Artiste will surely get off the mark over fences in the Betfred TV EBF Stallions/TBA Mares' Novices' Chase for Nicky Henderson.
A winner of the Fred Winter at Cheltenham in 2012, she progressed into a pretty decent mare at the right level.
A beaten odds-on favourite on her chasing debut at Plumpton, there is every chance she found that track too sharp and getting weight off some inferior rivals she should be very hard to beat.
Funny Star seems to enjoy a sound surface and conditions should be in his favour for the Higos Insurance Services Novices' Limited Handicap Chase at Exeter.
Paul Nicholls enjoyed a memorable weekend after a slow start for his team and the current good form of the yard is a definite plus for this runner.
His first couple of efforts over fences were not that eyecatching but he came of age when defeating Ericht at Doncaster late last month.
Funny Star clearly enjoyed the good ground that day and similar going awaits in Devon.
Nicholls should also be on the mark with Aeriel in the Higos For Your Commercial Insurance Services Novices' Hurdle.
Andy Crook's Bocamix has been running consistently well of late and holds strong claims in the Barbour Handicap Chase at Newcastle.
Captain Cat struck gold on his all-weather bow and can keep up the good work in the Download The BetVictor App Now Handicap at Kempton.
Roger Charlton's charge has clearly had his issues as he has got to the age of four having had just seven starts, punctuated by some lengthy absences.
He looked a surefire improver when just out of the places on his sole juvenile outing and put up a good effort on his three-year-old return to run behind Noble Mission.
Captain Cat went on to beat the solid yardstick Lahaag next time but was limited to one final run before starting his four-year-old campaign at Goodwood in July.
He was well beaten by Ascription on that occasion and a further start at Newmarket the following month yielded a similarly disappointing result so Charlton bided his time before sending him to Kempton at the end of October.
Captain Cat ran without the previously used hood or blinkers that day and stepped up on his previous efforts to see off Chookie Royale by just over a length and earn a leap in the ratings from a perch of 86 to 95.
Charlton's runner looked eminently capable of defying that mark and should be followed again.
Expect can return to winning form in the Cheltenham 2014 Nrfb At BetVictor.com Nursery Handicap.
She ran well when second behind a subsequent Group Two winner on her debut before landing a distinctly ordinary Wolverhampton maiden event.
Switched up to Listed company at Newmarket, she failed to deal with either the stiffer competition or the Dip on the Rowley Mile.
This represents a more straightforward challenge for Jeremy Noseda's charge.
HUNTINGDON: 12.30 Boomtown, 1.00 Une Artiste, 1.30 Chat Room, 2.00 MODULE (NAP), 2.30 Rossa Parks, 3.00 Namibian, 3.30 Brother Tedd.
KEMPTON: 3.50 Fen Flyer, 4.20 Spirit Or Soul, 4.50 Share The Dosh, 5.20 Expect, 5.50 Rose Buck, 6.20 Captain Cat, 6.50 Upavon.
NEWCASTLE: 12.20 Racing Pulse, 12.50 Simply Ned, 1.20 Ivans Back, 1.50 Bocamix, 2.20 Ruby Bay, 2.50 Teo Vivo, 3.20 Wolf Sword.
TAUNTON: 12.40 Calaf, 1.10 The Rattler Obrien, 1.40 Funny Star, 2.10 Aeriel, 2.40 Sarenice, 3.10 Further More, 3.40 Sequoia Forest.
TRAMORE: 12.35 Supreme Bailerina, 1.05 Ichey Feet, 1.35 Ram, 2.05 Island Villa, 2.35 Sugar Bullet, 3.05 Dog Barrel Hill, 3.35 Googlers Garden.
DOUBLE: Captain Cat and Module.
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